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.
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LP REBUKES COMELEC FOR UNSEATING ISABELA GOV. GRACE PADACA
Liberal Party officials today slammed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for allowing itself to be used by the Arroyo government for its “vendetta” politics against local executives who have allied themselves with the opposition.
“Kredibilidad ng Comelec at ng halalan sa 2010 ang nakasalalay dito. Bakit pumayag ang mga opisyal ng Comelec na magamit ang kanilang institusyon para sa ginagawang harassment ng Palasyo sa mga kritiko nito? (What is at stake here is the credibility of the Comelec and the 2010 elections. Why did Comelec officials allow their institution to be used by Malacañang for its bullying tactics against its critics?)” asked LP President Sen. Mar Roxas.
“Biglaang binuhay itong electoral protest laban kay (Isabela) Gov. (Grace) Padaca matapos siyang makipag-alyansa sa Partido Liberal. Halatang-halata na harassment lamang ito (The electoral protest against Gov. Padaca was suddenly revived after she allied herself with the Liberal Party. This is obviously a harassment scheme),” he added.
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LIBERAL PARTY SLAMS ‘FOUL’ TACTICS VS LOCAL ALLIES
The administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has resorted to bullying tactics to harass candidates of the Liberal Party in a bid to prevent its impending and embarrassing defeat in the 2010 synchronized elections, party officials decried Monday.
“Lahat ay gagawin ng administrasyon para manatili sa poder. Lahat, gagawin nila para mabawi ang mga dati nilang balwarte (The administration will stop at nothing to stay in power. They will do everything to regain their stranglehold on their old bailiwicks),” said LP President Sen. Mar Roxas, who is also the party’s vice presidential candidate.
He added: “Patuloy na gumagamit ng maruruming taktika ang gobyernong ito upang takutin ang ating mga kandidato. Kitang-kita natin ito sa pagbuhay muli sa mga electoral protest laban sa mga kandidatong kaalyado ng Partido Liberal.(The government continues to use foul tactics, in an attempt to scare our candidates. This motive is very obvious in the revival of electoral protest cases against candidates who are allies with the Liberal party).” Read the rest of this entry »
PRO-REFORM FORCES TO WIN THIS TIME — LIBERAL PARTY
With reforms and good governance as its campaign battle cry, the ranks of the Liberal Party have grown stronger at the ground level as thousands of new members joined the party and making it the dominant minority party to battle the old behemoth of traditionalist political parties that seek to preserve the corrupt, old system of political patronage and transactional politics in the 2010 national elections, party officials claimed today.
The LP is fielding the formidable presidential and vice presidential tandem of Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, a complete “Peoples’ Reform” senatorial ticket and a strong local line-up in the 2010 elections.
Aquino and Roxas have been leading in all presidential and vice presidential surveys conducted by reputable polling firms, leading their rivals by wide margins and reflecting the people’s pulse for serious improvements in government policies and direction and their aspiration for a better Philippines. Read the rest of this entry »
Statement of Rep. Teofisto “TG” Guingona
on the declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao
05 December 2009
I would like to reiterate my condemnation of the brutal and senseless Maguindanao massacre. Justice must be attained, and it must be attained swiftly. This can be resolutely attained under existing laws and will power on the part of the authorities, without a declaration of Martial Law. They have already suppressed any lawless violence and have already controlled the Ampatuans, as evidenced by the successful raid on their residence and the discovery and confiscation of their arms and ammunition. Again, the wolf has already been defanged. No need for Martial Law.
Under the 1987 Constitution, Martial Law can only be declared when two things are present: (1) the existence of ACTUAL invasion or rebellion, and (2) when public safety requires it. BUT there is no actual invasion or rebellion at the moment. The allegation in Proclamation 1959 that “heavily armed groups in the province of Maguindanao have established positions to resist government troops, thereby depriving the Executive of its powers and prerogatives to enforce the laws of the land and to maintain public order and safety” IS UTTERLY WITHOUT FACTUAL AND LEGAL BASIS. Read the rest of this entry »
STATEMENT OF A MINDANAOAN
Martial law in Maguindanao is ominous, signaling a prelude to fuller state control and manipulation of the 2010 elections. Martial law, as well as the conveniently-timed Supreme Court ruling on incumbents deemed resigned, constitute a sinister pretext for a sitting president’s (and now congressional candidate’s) continued grip on power, and a sordid cover-up for the failure of the rule of law and justice in the face of state-sponsored warlordism.
All that is needed is Maguindanao (and for all of Mindanao) is for the the rule of law to prevail, for government to exercise its full institutional power to contain violence, mete out justice for victims of the abominable massacre of innocent civilians, sustain peace initiatives — and ensure free, orderly and credible elections in 2010. All of these government can and should do without the imposition of martial law.
This turn of events warrants no less that the full vigilance of a people to safeguard their democracy.
Liberal Party Vice-President for Mindanao
LP senatorial candidate