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US-based rights group to campaign for LP slate, Alejano and labor leaders

By Abner Galino

Magdalo Rep. Gary Lejano Image © philstar.com

THE Filipino American Human Rights Alliance recently announced that it would be supporting the eight Liberal Party senatorial candidates that included former military mutineer Rep. Gary Alejano.

But Ago Pedalizo, FAHRA member, also pointed out that their group would also be supporting the senatorial bids of four other candidates identified with workers and farmers organization, namely: Leody De Guzman of Partido Lakas ng Masa, Neri Colmenares of MAKABAYAN, Sonny Matula of Kaisahan and labor lawyer Atty. Ernesto Arellano.

“All political parties in the Philippines claim to represent the interest of the poor and the working people. Then, why are they not including in their respective line ups the poor people themselves? The farmers and labor leaders?,” Pedalizo asked.

Despite this, Pedalizo explained that FAHRA would continue to support the Liberal Party ticket, explaining that their organization’s participation in the Philippine elections would be the “best time to educate the people.”

“Our goals are to win the elections to empower trustworthy candidates to protect Philippine democratic institutions, and as well as to organize and strengthen the political power of the poor — so they can march towards the so-called point of engagement,” Pedalizo added.

Pedalizo said around 42 percent of all the remittances to the Philippines come from Filipino Americans.

“We help our families back home and we have moral influence over them. We have to help them realize that we are here in the US and that we are not going to personally benefit from this political exercise. Gusto lang natin na mapabuti ang bayan natin, para din sa kanilang kapakanan,” Pedalizo explained.

The Liberal Party senatorial line up is composed of Rep. Gary Alejano, Chel Diokno, Bam Aquino, Samira Gutoc, Romy Macalintal, Erin Tañada, Mar Roxas and Florin Hilbay.

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Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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