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Ang Kapatiran Party Proclamation Rally February 20, 2010

Posted by Maddog in Politics and Law.
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John Carlos "JC" de los Reyes, AKP presidential candidate

Last Tuesday, February 16, I had the most profound and humbling honor to perform with my band for the Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) proclamation rally. The AKP candidates for national positions (President, Vice-President, and eight Senators) were introduced right amongst some of the poorest and marginalized Filipinos in the country: at Barangay Lupang Pangako, Payatas, Quezon City — and that is where the AKP is right at home.

Yes, you got that right. Payatas: the huge and infamous dumpsite where over 200 lives were horribly snuffed out when a literal mountain of garbage gave way and buried the the shanties of many poor residents nearly a decade ago. Eric Manalang, AKP party president, said it best when he described Payatas as a mirror of the situation in the entire Philippines. The very existence of a huge community consisting of over 3500 dirt-poor Filipino families living right by a seven-storey mountain of garbage (and many of whom have to scratch out a living as scavengers) is a monumental sign of failure in governance — not only within Metro Manila, but in the entire country.

Make no mistake about it, failure in governance — massive, pervasive, persistent, insidious, and long-entrenched — is the real problem of the Philippines. All the other usual scapegoats (such as “overpopulation” or “indolence”) are really just excuses NOT to address this root cause of the widespread poverty and injustice that stalks our land.

Mrs. Dunia De los Reyes and daughter Barbie

Failure in governance is manifest in many ways: from indiscriminate debt servicing policies, to pork barrel abuse; from economic mismanagement to corruption at all levels of government. The result is wholesale loss of public funds, failed government projects, lack of education, poverty, and loss of trust in the government and public institutions.

It is therefore fitting that the AKP chose to proclaim its candidates in Payatas, as a testament to the long years of disastrous governance of the country by traditional politicians. The party proposes a comprehensive platform of governance that is based on fundamental moral principles that are diametrically opposed to the self-serving, compromising, manipulative, and downright damnable concept of politics that has gripped the Philippines for decades.

I must admit I was thoroughly impressed with the warmth, sincerity, and genuine humility of the AKP candidates and staff who mingled with the poor, laughing with them, and even cleaning up the area with their hands. These weren’t professional politicians or campaigners. They were just decent people who were trying to make a difference. How I wish I could be more like them!

Before and after our performance I took some photographs of the rally. The most touching of these were pictures of the children and how they warmed to the AKP candidates and staff (and their children, who came along). In those poor, often dirty faces, was an innocence and willingness to laugh and love that touched my heart.

Their faces now haunt me. Every poor child is a heartbreaking reminder of our failure to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and give them the justice they deserve. When will their suffering end?

Please help the Ang Kapatiran Party make a difference. The nation’s future is in your hands.

Ang Kapatiran Party candidates:

  • John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes – for President
  • Dominador “Jun” Chipeco – for Vice-President

Candidates for Senator:

  • Atty. Jess Paredes
  • Atty. Adrian Sison
  • Atty. Jo Imbong
  • Atty. Grace Plazo
  • Councilor Reggie Tamayo
  • Mr. Manny Valdehesa
  • Mr. Lito David
  • Colonel Hector Tarrazona

The children of God in Barangay Lupang Pangako, Payatas

The wonderful laughter of a child

The kids were fantastic hosts to the AKP personnel

The rally was held at the covered courts at Barangay Lupang Pangako, with a seven-storey mountain of garbage as a backdrop

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