By Chocolate Moose Fernandez
Manila, Philippines-Leftwing activists belonging to the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Saturday thanked TV-host and talent manager Boy Abunda for supporting the senatorial bid of Gabriela Party list Rep. Liza Maza.
In a press statement, Pamalakaya information officer Gerry Albert Corpuz said the endorsement of Abunda will give a big boost to Maza, one of the senatorial candidates which the 100,000-strong fisherfolk alliance will support in the 2010 national elections.
Another senatorial candidate which Pamalakaya will support according to Corpuz is Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo. Both militant lawmakers are now on their third terms as party list representatives.
“Boy Abunda is Boy Abunda. Boy is an influential person. His endorsement of Maza will be cherished by the marginalized fishermen who want the Gabriela representative and Ocampo of Bayan Muna be elected as two of the senators of the Republic in 2010,” said Corpuz.
The Pamalakaya information chief said their group which is spread in over 43 provinces nationwide will campaign actively for Maza and Ocampo when the official campaign trail hits the country by February 2010.
Earlier, Rep. Maza said she was not surprised when Abunda agreed to appear in political ads endorsing her bid for the Senate.
“He (Abunda) shares affinity with women’s rights. He knows that when we get representation in Senate, lesbians and gays will be a step closer to their goal,” said Maza in an interview.
She explained that women share a common cause with lesbians and gays who are seeking a bigger voice in the country’s lawmaking bodies long dominated by males. She said just like women, lesbians and gays face abuse and discrimination in society.
Maza also said Gabriela was the first to condemn the Commission on Elections’ decision rejecting the petition of Ang Ladlad Party to register as a party-list group representing the Filipino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
“This is a clear violation of human rights, especially from marginalized sectors, to be involved in the political processes. It is reflective of the prevailing culture where homophobia and discrimination prevails,” she said.
After being shunned from having their own voice in Congress, Maza said Abunda offered to make a stronger pitch for her in the campaign for free.#