Kiko Pangilinan asks everyone to rally behind Noynoy Aquino

May 12, 2010

Mark Angelo Ching
PEP.ph
May 13, 2010

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is optimistic that the current nationwide struggle for continued reforms in our society will succeed and that the May 2010 national polls is an answer to this clamor for change.

“Things are looking up. That’s why we have to fight. That’s why we have to prepare. That’s why we have to be vigilant,” he asserts.

As public servant, Sen. Pangilinan possesses a kind of youthful idealism, as reflected in his prospects on good governance, among other current political issues and scenarios, which he articulated in a casual chat with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

“I’m not saying it’s going to be easy,” Sen. Pangilinan continues, “I’m not saying it’s even a sure thing. What I’m saying is we ought to do something about what’s happening and not just watch and wait.”

Senator Kiko Pangilinan admits he’s an ardent reformer. A lawyer by profession, his presence in the local political scene is by no means different—seemingly, that is—from his old days of student activism, during his college years at the University of the Philippines.

In 1983, the Ninoy Aquino assassination became a turning point in Sen. Kiko’s awakening to the harsh social realities, involving power politics and moral decadence. For the longest time now, he has harbored anger and continued to tread his way through difficult tasks after another as an elected public official. Yet he isn’t just about to give up on his pursuit for political reforms. Moreover, he is making an appeal to everyone.

“Yes, there’s reason to be optimistic, but we must mobilize and get involved. And, therefore, there’s a lot of work to do,” he states.

“And everyone I ask is saying we’re gonna have to change the way we govern this country and how our politics is being conducted. So I’m optimistic that people will respond to the call for change. But it’s not [that] easy…”

PEOPLE-DRIVEN CANDIDATE. Senator Kiko Pangilinan has given his support to the candidacy of Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III, a Liberal Party standard bearer, who is now in the lead for President of the Republic of the Philippines.

It’s not just a simple gesture of support, as Sen. Pangilinan himself, many believe, has the qualifications, not to mention “winnable potentials”, to be in this year’s presidential or vice-presidential race. But he lets go of it—and how!

“What we need now is to unite,” he reasons. “The country’s problems are so serious, we need solutions and we need to see these solutions through.  And we can only do that if we are united [as a people].”

Currently serving in the Senate for his second term (ending in 2013), only he knows what’s next to pursue. He can’t run for another term, so perhaps he will seek the vice presidency in 2016?

“Oh, we will see.  We will see,” he smiles. “We are where God intends us to be.”

Meanwhile, the senator is non-committal. Back then, it was actually the same stance he took in determining his next political move. Faced with some adversity before the 2007 elections, there was no other option but to run as an independent candidate. And  Senator Pangilinan proved himself right.

“Precisely,” he tells PEP. “For me, I’ve been looking for a people-driven candidate that’s why I run an independent campaign. I wanted it to be a people-driven campaign.”

The Senator explains, one’s way of governance is largely determined by the way a victory is achieved.

“In the same way, you know, [that] by being a ‘balimbing’—you set aside your principles; you compromise—you’ll govern the same way,” he enlightens further.

As a staunch supporter and one of the powerful moving forces behind Sen. Noynoy’s candidacy, Sen. Pangilinan is joined by his wife, Megastar Sharon Cuneta.

“Yes, yes,” he happily notes. “So now I see Noynoy will be the people-driven candidate. Let’s all rally behind him. Let’s support him.”

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