April 30, 2012
Pangilinan suggests PNoy’s cousin
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan challenged his partymates in the Liberal Party to bring in “fresh blood” to its 2013 slate to challenge traditional politics, or the so-called “trapo.”
In a statement, Pangilinan said: “We dared to rock the vote and create change in 2010 when we joined the people’s clamor to support President Aquino–who then wasn’t even a contender for the presidency. We were bold and confident that change can happen if we, the people, make it happen.”
He said the people need more choices. “The LP should look to the private sector, the NGO community, and the LGUs where there are rising stars and recruit the best, the brightest, and the most deserving.”
He endorsed the likes of Quezon Representative Erin Tañada, former Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros, and former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca.
He also suggested the name of President Benigno Aquino III’s cousin, social entrepreneur Bam Aquino.
“We urge our partymates to continue rocking the vote as we did in 2010. We still have a long way to go until reforms are fully realized–but with courage, conviction, and with our courage, conviction, and principles and values intact, we believe that we can win people’s support for change to continue to happen,” he said.
“We need to give way to a new generation of leaders and show people the way,” Pangilinan said.
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