Kiko Pangilinan: Farmer support, food security advocacies to continue after term

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - MAY 13: Senator Francis
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - MAY 13: Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Leni Robredo's running mate for the Vice Presidency, speaks to supporters during a thanksgiving rally at the Ateneo de Manila University on May 13, 2022 in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

In an interview with Karen Davila’s Headstart, outgoing Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said that he has no regrets running, and losing, for vice president, saying that his advocacy for agriculture and food security will continue even after his term of office expires in the Senate.

“We’re busy with our transitioning into private life. We’ve had several meetings already in terms of our farming advocacies, so, tuloy lang ang ating adbokasiya regardless,” Pangilinan said.

(We’ve had several meetings already in terms of our farming advocacies, so our advocacies continue regardless.)

“We went around the country campaigning for food security and support for farmers and our fisherfolk, and regardless of the election results, food security is still critical. People will still need to eat. Therefore, farming and support for our farmers and fisherfolk, all the more now,” Pangilinan added, stressing that with the current trend of rising prices of basic goods in the country, there is more urgency to support our primary food producers.

The Leni-Kiko campaign, which drew huge crowds in their campaign rallies and other sorties, came in only second to the Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte tandem, amid reports of voter intimidation and disenfranchisement, and widespread malfunctioning of voting machines on the day of the elections.

In a post-election analysis, UP Diliman Political Science Professor Jean Encinas Franco highlighted the significant contribution of the Leni-Kiko campaign in the 2022 elections.

“Marcos Jr. and Sara may have won the election, but it is actually Leni and Kiko who have captured the hearts and minds, especially of young people, who have supported them. No one can take that away from them,” Franco said.

Habambuhay na nilang maaalala ‘yun at di na nila makakalimutan ‘yun. Na minsan, tumindig sila kahit mahirap, kahit mukhang imposible,” Franco added.

(They will forever remember that and will never forget it. That they stood up even though it’s hard, even though it looked impossible.)

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.

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