July 4, 2010
SENATOR Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan yesterday said his closeness to President Noynoy Aquino is based on their common vision for the country and therefore “ought to be viewed as a plus and not a minus in a bid to win the Senate presidency and desire to push for genuine change for the nation.
“If, as a people, we do not have a common vision, we will perish,” he said.
Pangilinan said they campaign hard for P-Noy because they wanted to help end the decades-old problems of corruption and poverty in the country.
The people wanted change to happen by electing a reformist President and his closeness to P-Noy should be viewed as an asset and not a liability.
“In our desire to help solve the serious problems facing our nation, we must forge a working unity amongst our leaders and work together for change. In addition, for us to be able to face the challenges ahead, we urgently need to unite as a nation. Reforms cannot happen if we, as a people, are disunited and do not share a common vision.”
He stressed that his track record of independence as a senator speaks for itself. In 2007, he said he became the first incumbent senator to run and win as an independent candidate.
He stood his ground despite the difficulties because he believed it was the right thing to do at the time.
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