NEGRENSES were recently called to support the senatorial bid of one of their own. Former Interior and Local Government secretary and now Bagumbayan bet Rafael “Raffy” Alunan III, a Negrense, is running for senator in the coming elections.
It has been a long time (six decades) since there was a senator from Negros Islands so it’s time for the islands to have a representative in the Senate, Wina Montepio Hernandez, co-founder of Friends of Raffy M. Alunan (FORMA) said.
“We believe in his principles and political ideologies. The Negrenses should be proud of him and support him in his noble cause to once again seek public office, this time, an elected one, for the fulfillment of a vision for a better and united Philippines,” Hernandez said.
FORMA claimed it was already 58 years and nobody from the islands had participated and was elected as senator. It’s time for the Negrenses to show their skills and ability to govern.
“Calling all Negrenses to support Raffy Alunan. At nananawagan din kami na ang lahat ng lahi ay magkaisa para maghalal ng isang kwalipikado sa Senado,” Joey Montalvo, member of FORMA Executive Committee said.
Alunan surprised the public when he filed his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last October 2018 after more than 20 years of hibernation in politics. He is among the senatorial candidates of Bagumbayan Party led by Senator Dick Gordon.
“I want to push for a new kind of politics that focuses not on personalities or on the families of the candidates but on their capacity to serve the public, their track records, and platform of governance,” Alunan said.
Among the Negrenses who served as senators of the republic were Hon. Oscar R. Ledesma, Hon. Jose Locsin, Hon. Enrique B. Magalona, and Hon. Ruperto Montinola.
So another Negrense? Why not?
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