WITH only six days to go before overseas absentee voting starts on April 10, a group of overseas Filipino workers in Malaysia on Monday went all out for the campaign of the presidential and vice-presidential tandem of Leni Robredo and Kiko Pangilinan.
In particular Pangilinan received the full support of members of the Domestic Workers Association of Malaysia (DWAM), describing him as a principled servant of the poor with a clean track record.
During a virtual town hall hosted by the Solid Leni-Kiko Global, Liezl Rodrigo of the DWAM listed the reasons why the group is throwing its 100-percent support for Pangilinan’s candidacy — his long experience in politics and his support for the agriculture sector.
“Ilang dekada din ang serbisyo ni Senator Kiko sa mamamayang Pilipino. Ang serbisyong ito ay malinis, makatarungan, batay sa syensya at teknolohiya,” Rodrigo said.
“Tanging ang karanasan at kagalingan sa plano at implementasyon ng programa para sa mga farmers at iba pang mga manggagawang mahihirap upang sila ay maka-ahon sa kanilang kahirapan,” she added.
Due to Pangilinan’s experience, Rodrigo said, the group is confident that the former food security secretary will deliver on his campaign promises, particularly in the area of agriculture.
“Nang dahil sa matagal na niyang panunungkulan sa bansa, alam niya ang hinaing at pulso ng mga mamamayan na siyang hinihintay naming mga OFWs na gustong mamuhay sa probinsya nang may maayos na sistema,” she said.
“Expert [siya] on food security. Habang karamihan sa mga politiko ay tinututukan ang infrastructure development like roads and bridges, si Senator Kiko ay nakatutok sa seguridad ng ating pagkain at agrikultura noong bigyan siya na pagkakataon na maging chairman ng committee na ito,” Rodrigo added.
Unlike other candidates for the position, Pangilinan did not come from a dynasty, Rodrigo asserted. For her, this is a barometer that Pangilinan is running to serve and not to line his pockets at the expense of the Filipino people.
With Pangilinan’s excellent track record, Rodrigo’s group will go all-out in campaigning for a Robredo-Pangilinan leadership.
“At isulong din natin ang bagong kasaysayan, ang politika ng Pilipinas kung saan sina VP Leni at Senator Kiko ang kauna-unahang presidente at bise-presidente na hindi galing sa pamilyang dinastiya. Alam natin na isa ito sa mga ugat ng korapsyon at pang-aabuso,” she said.
“Huwag kalimutan na kapag may Leni sa balota, dapat may Kiko na kasama. Laban! Sa gobyernong tapat, magkakaroon ng hanapbuhay ang lahat,” she added.
Pangilinan served as Senator from 2001 to 2013 and was appointed as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization from 2014 to 2015.
During his stint as food security secretary, among the problems that he addressed was the smuggling of goods. He ran after the big smuggling syndicates as well as government officials and employees they are in cahoots with.
In 2016, he returned to the Senate, where he was instrumental in the passage of the Sagip Saka Act which compels local and national governments to buy goods directly from farmers without public bidding and at a fair price. With a stable market of their goods, the livelihood and standard of living of farmers and fisherfolk would improve. ##
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