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Monday, April 20, 2009

Gordon will help RP change for the best

A 30,000-STRONG group of volunteers with members nationwide has raised the call for Filipinos to address the serious and worsening problems facing the country by choosing the righteous candidates in the 2010 national and local elections.

“It is politics as usual that has gotten our country into the serious and worsening predicament it is in. We refer to transactional politics, one that knows nothing of right or wrong; it is politics that is animated by greed for money and lust for power,” said Leon “Porong” Herrera, president of the 30,000 Bagumbayan Movement.

Herrera pointed out that the country’s current situation is characterized by massive corruption, rampant criminality, the decrepit public education system, lack of healthcare services, the rising prices of food, loss of jobs, unabated conflict and disasters. He warned that unimaginable as it may be, conditions may worsen as the effects of global recession reaches our shores.

“The time has come for all of us to band together as Filipinos for love of country and the common good to start a movement for change.

We must engage in a politics of transformation, first by transforming ourselves into the best citizens that we can be and then together, act to transform the institutions of government so that they can better serve our people,” said Herrera.

Pressed to name one who fits the quality of a leader the group wants, Herrera said Sen. Richard Gordon, who is also chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, was top on the list.

“More than mere candidates, we need a leader with a vision for our country, a long experience in turning things around from bad to better, and a track record of success in moving people to achieve what was previously thought of as impossible,” Herrera said of Gordon.

Bagumbayan leaders, including the group’s general counsel and founding member, Atty. Rodolfo “Inky” Reyes and Chito Valmocina, former chairman of Bgy. Holy Spirit and Bagumbayan Quezon City Chapter head, explained that only by having a leader such as Gordon will the country change for the best.

--People's Journal

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