Political bigwigs express support for Casiño’s senatorial bid

THE Makabayan Coalition officially  proclaimed yesterday  party list representative Teddy Casiño as its sole senatorial bet for 2013 and vowed to spearhead a progressive and alternative campaign on issues and platforms.

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, former Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Congressman Erin Tañada and countless mayors, vice mayors and councilors from all over the country graced the conventions and expressed their support for Casiño’s candidacy. Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Loren Legarda and popular TV host Boy Abunda sent their video messages also supporting Casiño’s senatorial bid.

More than 4,000 people crammed the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) gymnasium last night as Casiño, in his 21-minute acceptance speech, outlined his platform and declared “Bibigyan natin ng boses ang karaniwang tao sa Senado! Dadalhin natin ang tinig ng makabayang pagbabago Senado!”

In his speech, Casiño pointed out his lack of political pedigree. “Hindi po ako malaking pulitiko. Ni hindi ako galing sa angkan ng mga pulitiko. Pag binabanggit po ang pangalang Casiño, ang natatandaan ng tao ay yung Casino rubbing alcohol. O kaya Casino Filipino.

But the progressive solon is also proud of his track record, saying “Sa katunayan, ipinagmamalaki kong hindi ako trapo. Ang aking pangako, hindi napapako. Hindi ko ugaling mambobola para lang makakuha ng boto. At lalong hindi ko ginagamit ang aking pusisyon para magpayaman,”

He also mentioned that of all candidates he was the only non millionaire. Casiño is on record as the third poorest member of the House.

In a press conference last Thursday, Casiño said the party aims to take the senatorial campaign to a higher level. “Di uubra ang pagpapacute lang, pagsayaw o pagkanta. Ang dapat ay mas napag-uusapan ang mga isyu ng mamamayan, yung malapit sa sikmura at talagang nakakaapekto sa mga Filipino,”

Casiño cited his 3 point platform as “mababang presyo, dagdag na kabuhayan, mabuting gobyerno, these are the chief thrust of his campaign and plans to bring in the halls of the Senate. “Sa kongkreto po ang laman ng platapormang ito ay ang pagbawas sa VAT, paglaban sa deregulasyon ng industriya ng langis at ang pagsusulong sa programang ‘Buy Pinoy, Build Pinoy’ para mas lumago ang ekonomiya at trabaho sa bansa, syempre patuloy din tayong magbabantay laban sa korapsyon at katiwalian,” Casiño

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