The Left in the Senate

One fateful afternoon in May 1985, the media had a field day. Then political-detainee Satur Ocampo put the notorious Marcos regime to shame when he cleverly escaped a dozen of his military guards.

Ocampo, former vice-president of the National Press Club (NPC), was granted a one-day pass to accept his lifetime membership and vote in the organization’s elections which were being held on the same day. After casting his vote, unknown to his guards, he had quietly walked down the flight of stairs into a car waiting in the parking lot. His unsuspecting and drunk guards were only alerted by his absence after a few hours. By then, Ocampo was already far, far away, in disguise and relishing his first whiff of freedom after nine years.

Twenty-five years later, Ocampo continues to grace the headlines.

Read the rest here.

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2 Responses to The Left in the Senate

  1. pian says:

    My apologies for being out-of-place. I just would like to establish awareness.Do consider 5. Dr. Martin Bautista for the next elections obviously (a senatorial candidate of Liberal Party). He’s a 47-year-old gastroenterologist in the US who came home after 17 years. You can see from his background that he truly means service. For those who find him to be a hypocrite for working abroad, do understand he’s a family man who needs to sustain his family, that he will be able to keep his independence by not relying on public funds to support his family. He helps his countrymen in his capacity but it’s just not enough for there are millions of Filipinos. And as proof of his sincerity, he didn’t renounce his citizenship nor became a dual citizen even if he was long eligible. He’s able to work in the US by being a legalized alien instead. It’s a good start in Philippine Politics to have him around.He used to be with the 'Ang Kapatiran' party but because of internal conflicts, he's now with Liberal Party. But allow me to discuss this Ang Kapatiran party.The BIG DIFFERENCE is the ‘Ang Kapatiran’ party is God-centered. There is no lesser-evil component. Its members will be disciplined by its own party should they stray from its code of ethics. They promised to restore what a true public servant means: to serve the public and not make it as a means of livelihood.Below are the lists of Senatoriables of the Ang Kapatiran:11 Rizalito David21 Jo Imbong43 Zosimo Paredes45 Maria Gracia Rinoza-Plazo52 Adrian Sison55 Reginald Tamayo56 Hector Tarrazona59 Manuel ValdehuesaYou will be able to gauge Dr. Martin Bautista's intelligence by reading the articles he posts in his website here:http://mbautistamd.blogspot.com/I urge you to INFORM BY E-MAIL/TEXT/INFORM all your contacts about them. I believe they only lack exposure that’s why I’m doing this. But I can’t do it alone so I’m appealing to everyone’s help. If all will inform their contacts about them and urge them as well to forward, we might hit millions. We cannot afford to be indifferent now if we want meaningful change. Otherwise we only have ourselves to blame. BUT TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

  2. pian says:

    Also, in case you don't have party list yet to vote… you may want to consider ABA. Spread the news and make ABA known to our extended families, relatives and friends. ABA is Alyansang Bayanihan ng mga Magsasaka, Manggagawang-Bukid at Mangingisda ABA is a pro-people, pro-life and pro-family party list. The Catholic church supports ABA. ABA is an alliance of groups that represent the rural poor, the urban poor, and the traditional natural family. The nominees of ABA are:1. 2009-10 party list representative Leonardo Montemayor2. former ABA party list representative Dioscoro Granada3. JOSE NEBRAO – founding member/president of Serve Life, founding member/vice-president for Task Force for Family and Life, Proponent of Organic Farming and Small Agri-based Business, 4. Jose Morales5. Atty. Makilito Mahinay ABA has been advancing and advocating the following legislations and housing policy reforms within and outside of the halls of Philippine Congress. These are: • Legislation: Exemptions for cooperatives from EVAT; extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program; strengthening of the Crop Insurance Program; Agricultural and Fisheries Modernization Act; Party List Act; Comprehensive Integrated Shelter Financing Act; Indigenous Peoples Rights Act; Fisheries Code; and the Safeguard Measures Act. • Housing policy reforms: fast-tracking the identification of government lands for social housing projects thru Presidential proclamations; and the just and humane eviction of squatters through EO 152. • Other advocacies: the creation of a congressional commission on the strengthening of the Filipino Family; the creation of the Omnibus Human Resource Development policy; and the promotion of bio-organic farming. Here are some priority measures of ABA in Congress: • To formulate new laws for: a National Land and Water Use Policy; a Magna Carta for the Urban Poor; and the creation of a Department of Housing. • To properly implement Agrarian, Urban Land, and Natural Resources Reforms so as to attain the true benefits to the people. • To strengthen: Sustainable Agricultural Modernization; the Cooperative sector; the micro-finance system; organic agriculture and community-based watershed/forest management programs; and the Party-List system. • To work for the early recovery and proper use of the coconut levy funds. • To nurture a Culture of Life and reject the death penalty, euthanasia, abortion, and radical fertility control; to defend the natural family as society’s primary unit and oppose divorce and same-sex marriage; and to preserve the primacy of the family in the rearing and education of its own children in all matters.

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