HOW YASMIN GOT DRAFTED TO THE LP SENATORIAL SLATE,
WHY SHE ACCEPTED AND WHY WE SHOULD ACTIVELY CAMPAIGN FOR HER
Dear Sisters (and Brothers na rin),
Many of us should be aware by now that our very own YASMIN BUSRAN-LAO filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) as the 12th senatorial candidate of the NoyMar slate.
Here’s an abridged version of how it happened:
For quite sometime, the NoyMar campaign team had been headhunting for a Muslim candidate who would embody the reform-oriented politics of the Team. Several candidates were recommended, including Aminah Rasul who declined the nomination. Noynoy, however,asked for more nominations, so Ging boldly put forward Yasmin’s name. And the rest is herstory!
Needless to say, the nomination came as a shock, not just to Yasmin, but also to her family, friends and fellow NGO workers. After the initial adrenaline rush of her filing had worn off, the reality check of buckling down to the nitty-gritty of campaigning hit us.
Why did she do it, especially after the dismal showing of Abanse! Pinay in the 2004 nd 2007 electoral exercises? What was she thinking? She could’ve just gone on with her role as coordinator of CPM until she leaves for her academic fellowship to Hawaii in January 2010!
In our talks after she filed her COC, she said she felt she had to accept the challenge to raise the bar for her (and our) advocacies on gender rights, peace and good governance. Following the mantra of Ging and Dinky: We need to connect the dots of the struggle for democratic rights and good governance with meaningful engagement in electoral (partisan) politics; and what better way to do this than to accept the challenge (or burden) that practically fell on her lap? Still others asked, “But can she deliver the votes?” I think the question, should be, “can we deliver the votes for her? For our advocacies?” I must admit the task generating the 7 million votes to get the no. 12 slot, is extremely daunting.
Can we, the like-minded in the women, peace, Bangsa Moro RSD and development movements consolidate ourselves to ensure a respectable outcome for Yas?
During this time when the Muslim faithfuls go on their annual pilgrimage, Yas is engaged in a different kind of haj. We hope you will join us in this fearless journey.
~ BETH YANG