Vice President Leni Robredo during her 2021 Ulat sa Bayan. Screengrab from OVP MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo got the Liberal Party’s nod in terms of negotiating with other sectors for a broad opposition coalition in the 2022 national elections, with the party granting her “full authority and discretion” in assembling a united national slate. According to the Liberal Party (LP), a resolution was passed during the National Executive Council (NECO) on Tuesday supporting Robredo’s efforts to unite parties to create a singular force against the administration’s candidates. However, LP clarified that the party would still support Robredo should she decide to pursue any elective position in the upcoming polls. “The LP also expressed its support for Robredo’s ongoing efforts to create the broadest possible coalition to present an alternative brand of governance to the people,” LP said in a statement. “A third resolution was passed granting Robredo full authority ... » Learn More about LP backs Robredo’s bid to unify opposition for 2022 elections
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I always tell people that running in an election without a substantial funding is a losing game. Often, they would always ask me back, “Why don’t you do crowdfunding?” They always refer to the United States elections, where ordinary people fund their candidates. In the Philippines, election funding would traditionally come either from the politicians’ own pockets or they would rely on contributions from business people, a gesture that is widely perceived as an “investment” that would get business protection in return. The lucky ones would have both. This makes our elections elitist and anti-poor as only the rich and the well-connected have the realistic chance of winning. The game in the United States is very different. For example, Bernie Sanders, who is a popular socialist senator from Vermont, was able to raise a total of $211,125,958 as of September 2020 from crowdfunded contributions. According to Open Secrets, which tracks data on campaign finance and lobbying in ... » Learn More about [OPINION] How about we crowdfund candidates in the Philippines?
The candidacies of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Senator Manny Pacquiao underscore that the biggest problem of Philippine society is social inequality, and that poverty and corruption are only the symptoms of the first. This is evident from their acceptance speeches as the presidential candidates of their respective parties. Within the Baseco compound, known for its urban poor communities, Moreno said : “There is also another lesson I earned in early life. While poverty dehumanizes, it must not take the humanity out of you.” On the other hand, the battle-hardened Pacquiao , with the PDP-Laban grassroots members on the background, said: “I am a fighter. And I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring.” The genius of the Moreno and Pacquiao candidacies is their genuine and undeniable stories as coming from the fringes of society or being “ latak ng lipunan ” – and successfully rising from it. In running for the presidency, what Isko and ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Historic candidacies of Isko and Manny