Militant senatoriables will not back Bongbong’s bid

By Billy Javier Reyes

Manila, Philippines-Nacionalista Party senatorial guest candidates Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna and Liza Maza of Gabriela Women’s Party on Tuesday affirmed that the progressive coalition party Makabayan will not support the senatorial bid of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“We wish to emphasize that the key basis of Makabayan’s mutual adoption agreement with the Villar-Legarda tandem is the accord to carry specific reforms in our platform during the campaign and to implement them after victory,” said Ocampo and Maza in a statement sent to The Pamalakaya Times.

Ocampo added that “Makabayan intends to talk with other senatorial candidates of the Nacionalista Party for concrete forms of cooperation on the basis of our platform except with Bongbong Marcos.

“We respect and uphold the expressed will of our mass constituents not to support Bong Marcos senatorial bid because he echoes his mother’s repeated claim that former Pres. Marcos did nothing wrong in his dictatorial rule,” Ocampo said.

Ocampo added that the Marcoses “have in so many ways obstructed the rendering of justice and indemnification to the victims of martial law and the recovery of ill-gotten wealth.”

“One important aspect of the platform we clinched with Sen. Villar and the Nacionalita Party is the commitment to immediately give justice and indemnification to martial law victims and the full recovery of ill gotten wealth according to law,” Ocampo concluded.

Makabayan, a coalition of eight progressive parties, namely Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, Migrante, ACT Teachers, Courage and Katribu yesterday endorsed the presidential and vice-presidential bid of Senators Manny Villar and Loren Legard, and is also open to endorse a number of senatorial candidates who will support the coalition’s platform.

The progressive coalition is also open to endorse and support progressive candidates seeking congressional seats and local government posts in the 2010 elections.

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