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Friday, May 29, 2009

Ang Kapatiran to field youngest president bet

Does a 39-year-old Councilor from Olongapo City have what it takes to become the next President of the country?

The Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP), a national political party founded by the lay Catholics, thinks so and has named Olongapo City Councilor John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes as its presidential candidate for 2010.

Delos Reyes, who will turn 40 on Feb.14 next year, was unanimously selected by the party’s national electoral committee from among 37 personalities nominated by both party members and the general public. He was Kapatiran’s lone winner in the 2007 elections when the party fielded 30 candidates for national and local positions.

A human rights advocate, De los Reyes has raised issue on extrajudicial killings and has openly criticized Hanjin in Subic Bay over worker’s rights violations, urging government to prioritize the dignity of the Filipino worker.

De los Reyes has also opposed the reproductive health code, saying it is “a dictated and imperialist law that muddles women’s rights.” He is also against the establishment of Ocean 9 Casino in Subic and the commissioning of the Bataan Nuclear Plant.

De los Reyes has a degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines, and a Law degree from St. Louis University in Baguio City.

He spent his elementary school days at the Ateneo de Manila and high school at De La Salle-Zobel.

--By. Philip C. Tubeza – Philippine Daily Inquirer

Why I'm voting for Kapatiran

By Melba Padilla Maggay

If in today's elections our people do vote according to conscience, there is some chance for marginal parties like Kapatiran. A strong showing by its candidates will send a strong signal that there are people of conscience out there who can be a healing force in our diseased politics. READ MORE

Kapatiran seeking nominations for president

For short listing purposes, a candidate to be nominated for President must possess the qualifications required by the Constitution; must accept the founding principles and platform of the AKP in whole without any mental reservation; must be morally upright, courageous, and competent individual; responsible citizen and parent; and a trusted leader; must have no previous conviction or pending criminal case in court, in the Ombudsman, or prosecutor’s office; must have a college degree; must accept and abide by the AKP Code of Conduct; and must not spend more than the law allows.


Crystal balls

By Antonio C. Abaya

That Nandy Pacheco’s Ang Kapatiran would find it hard to be competitive, no matter who they decide to field as presidential candidate;

That the issues will be the core issues of economic recovery, accountability, graft and corruption, peace in Mindanao, poverty alleviation, foreign policy, the environment;

That the qualities being sought by voters in a president are: magaling (good, competent), madaling lapitan (approachable), mapagmalasakit sa mga mahihirap (will work for the benefit of the poor);


Run-off in 2010 presidential election proposed

Ang Kapatiran Party has launched a search for relatively unknown local politicians with proven track records, who could be projected for national roles.


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