Pangilinan urges Pinoys to register to vote, continue PNoy’s legacy of defending democracy, fighting poverty

Pangilinan urges Pinoys to register to vote, continue PNoy’s legacy of defending democracy, fighting poverty

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Filipinos should register to vote as a way to continue the late
President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III’s legacy of defending democracy
and fighting poverty, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said Monday.

Asked about the impact of PNoy’s sudden death, the Liberal Party
president said: “Kung mayroon siyang huling salita siguro baka ito ay:
Palakasin natin ang ating demokrasya, protektahan natin ang ating
demokrasya. Palagay ko sasabihin niya palakasin natin ang demokrasya,
magpa-rehistro tayo.”

In a media interview over Zoom, Pangilinan said another silver lining
following PNoy’s death is that after over five years of
disinformation, all his administration’s achievements are now being
shared and talked about.

“Yung tatay niya namatay, pinaglalaban ang demokrasya, ang nanay niya
ilang beses tinangkang i-assasinate dahil sa mga coup d’etat because
she was defending democracy. Si PNoy, nakita natin nitong nakaraang
sampung araw kung ano ang nagawa niya sa demokrasya, paano niya
pinasigla ang ekonomiya at nabigyan ng dagdag na pinagkakakitaan,
dagdag na panggastos ang ating mga kababayan lalo na ang mga
mahihirap,” he said.

Pangilinan reiterated his call to register to vote. He said Filipinos
want change in the dismal government anti-Covid response that has
resulted in record hunger, unemployment, and poverty.

“Yung registration ang palagay ko dapat nating lahat isagawa.
Regardless of political party, magparehistro at yung mga rehistrado
na, kumbinsihin yung mga hindi rehistrado,” he said.

“Ang problema doon, sabi ng mga hindi nagpaparehistro, eh isang boto
lang ako. Eh ang daming nagsabi noon, umabot na ng labingtatlong
milyon,” he added.

Government figures show that an estimated 13 million Filipinos are
qualified to vote but are not registered.

This number of voters, Pangilinan said, can elect a president,
vice-president or any national official into any office.

The voter registration period ends on September 2021.

Pangilinan also called for unity among political parties and set aside
political differences to focus on the country’s efforts in combatting
Covid-19.

“Napakatindi ng kahalagahan ng pagkakaroon ng pagkakaisa dahil matindi
rin ang problema ng ating bansa — the worst economic crisis since
World War II and the worst health crisis in a hundred years. Libo-libo
na ang namamatay, Milyon-milyon na ang nagkakasakit at ang lawak ng
poverty, ng gutom, at ng kahirapan,” he said.

The senator said unity is also needed to protect democracy.

“Ang pagkakaisa ay mahalaga, so we are open to discussions with other
groups and personalities para malaman natin kung maari tayong magkaisa
— iisa lamang ang magiging kandidato at iisa lamang ang magiging
layunin maresolba itong problema ng Covid: Mailagay sa ayos ang
response ng gobyerno,” he said.

“Democracy is learning to work with other people you may dislike or
disagree with – up to a certain extent. Para magkaroon ng malawakan at
matibay na pagkakaisa, kailangan we have to rise above our difference.
Isantabi ang ating mga hidwaan, yan ang hamon sa ating lahat,” he
added. (ai/mtvn)

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