Once we win, we would then have the opportunity to rebuild our country and let our people finally enjoy the blessings of Democracy.
In view of VP Leni’s preparations to run for Governor of Camarines Sur in 2022, I, together with the Magdalo group, have decided to convey to the 1SAMBAYAN Coalition to change my status from being an alternate candidate (to VP Leni) to being a principal candidate for President to vie for the Coalition’s nomination. This move is necessary for my name to be included in 1SAMBAYAN’s selection process.
Just to be clear, I am NOT DIVIDING the opposition as THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE UNIFIED SLATE to be nominated by 1SAMBAYAN, and both VP Leni and myself have committed to support and campaign for its nominees. Just to further stress this point, in the event that VP Leni DEFINITIVELY decides to run for President BEFORE 1SAMBAYAN picks its nominees in July, I would wholeheartedly STEP ASIDE and WITHDRAW my own candidacy in her favor.
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BUT UNTIL THEN, we would work on the assumption that VP Leni would run for Governor of Camsur and, thus, we could now start our own preparations focusing on the development of policy prescriptions to solve the different problems of our Country, particularly on pandemic response; economic recovery and poverty alleviation; peace and order/security sector reforms; anti-corruption/governance reforms; universal healthcare; foreign policy (including WPS), etc.
As I often stressed, the 2022 elections would be the most important elections in our nation’s history after 1986. Not only our Democracy is at stake, our very survival as a country is at stake, too. In just 5 years, Duterte has been able to destroy our institutions, bankrupted the economy, worsened poverty and corruption, surrendered our interests in the WPS, and promoted incompetence in public service. Worst of all, he made our people accept killings, immorality, indecency and vulgarity as the new societal norm. Truly, we WILL NOT survive another 6 years of a Duterte rule.
Now, Duterte and his cohorts are determined to hold on to power to continue their wicked ways. They also know that if the opposition wins, they would go straight to prison for the crimes they have committed against our people. But winning for the opposition won’t be easy. The pro-Duterte candidates have vast amounts of resources, the oppressive tools of the State, the subservient local officials, plus the lack of scruples to employ all dirty tricks in the electoral book.
Having said this, I still have faith that the Filipino people will, yet again, deliver when we need them most. More importantly, I believe that GOD WILL NOT LET EVIL PREVAIL again this time. We will have served 6 years of penance under Duterte by then at baka naman tapos na ang kalbaryo natin
. So, the question is, how will the opposition win in 2022? KAILANGAN PO NAMIN ANG TULONG NINYO. For now, you can help by spreading the truth to your family and friends about Duterte and on what’s happening in our country. Call out and report fake news spreaders and, conversely, don’t believe in fake news. Then “like and share” the opposition’s advocacies. At the approppriate time, MANGANGAMPANYA TAYO like our lives depended on it.
Kaya naman I am confident na TATALUNIN NATIN SILA. Once we win, we would then have the opportunity to rebuild our country and let our people finally enjoy the blessings of Democracy.
May God bless our Country and People!