AKBAYAN Party welcomes ‘David vs. Gloriath’ fight

Friday, 26 June 2009 07:22

AKBAYAN Party announced today that it supports the decision of AKBAYAN Executive Committee member and UP Professor Randy David to run against GMA in Pampanga’s second district.

“We have been convincing him to run for national office, but ‘David vs. Gloriath’ is a grander, nobler fight,” AKBAYAN Rep. Risa Hontiveros said. “AKBAYAN is 100% behind Randy David, and I, along with AKBAYAN Representative Walden Bello, will personally campaign for Randy.”

She said that David’s announcement has made GMA’s congressional candidacy in Pampanga a national referendum.

“Randy David is a symbol of honor and dignity among Filipinos. The Arroyos may have the machinery and money to clinch a congressional in Pampanga, but Randy’s campaign captures the hearts and minds of Filipinos yearning for integrity and credibility in politics and governance. This won’t be a walk in the park for the Arroyos, and Randy won’t make it easy for them to fool the nation again,” Rep. Hontiveros said.

She is confident that David would get the backing of Pampanga voters.

“In 2007, Pampangueños have shown that they can defeat the politics of greed and coercion by electing Among Ed. In 2010, GMA’s defeat would be Pampanga’s gift to the nation, and it’ll prove that not all is lost, that we can still hope,” Rep. Hontiveros said. “We fully believe that Pampagueños and Randy will give GMA the whopping defeat that she deserves.”

“Randy’s candidacy has made this fight not about personalities, but about our values as a nation. We can’t let GMA squander our future. She should be put in jail, and not in Congress. What we need in Congress are people like Randy,” she added.

Rep. Hontiveros expects a transformative, grassroots-led campaign for Randy David. “The people would be the source of Randy’s strength. His campaign would be run by little heroes, by ordinary Filipinos who are willing to stand up for their principles,” she said.

At the height of the ‘Hello Garci’ controversy, Randy David was arrested along with AKBAYAN President Ronald Llamas. He was also a signatory of the impeachment complaint against GMA.

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