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A Taft-based religious society expressed their support for the Leni Robredo-Kiko Pangilinan tandem in the 2022 national elections.
The 1911 Brothers Community, also known as the De La Salle Brothers of the Taft Community, said that Robredo and Pangilinan had shown consistency in defending civil liberties and empowering those in the marginalized sector.
The decision to endorse the two candidates was uncontested, with its statement signed by Brs. Bernard Oca, Antonio Servando, Emmanuel Sia, Raymundo Suplido, and Richie Yap.
“In our collective discernment, the De La Salle Brothers of the Taft Community (1911 Brothers Community) unanimously agreed that the tandem that has unceasingly defended our fundamental liberties and who continue to work in solidarity with those who empower and improve the plight of the poor and vulnerable sectors is the partnership of Leni Robredo and Kiko Pangilinan.”
The collective also said that Robredo and Pangilinan had “the clearest and most feasible plan to uplift the condition and empower every Filipino, especially those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
However, the 1911 Brothers Community clarified that they do not represent the opinion of the school system, its sectors, and other stakeholders.
“In no way should this articulation of support for Robredo and Pangilinan be construed as representative of the stand of the schools that we serve,” they said. “Our schools and universities will remain open spaces where our staff, students, and other internal and external stakeholders, are free to express their own voting preferences.”
They reiterated their point in one of their previous statements, emphasizing that the country’s next leaders must be able to “unite the people for the common good” and “have moral integrity”.
“It is important for the new set of leaders to propose a vision that can unite the people in pursuit of the common good. The next set of leaders should also have the moral integrity needed to command the trust of citizens and civil society,” they said.
“The statement underscored that our future leaders should have a clear record of empowering the disempowered, underserved, and we may add, under-represented sectors of Philippine society.”
The community also spoke of the gravity in electing the next president and vice president of the Philippines.
“These top two positions are the most critical as these leaders will be the ones to steer our nation not only towards economic recovery but more importantly, promote, respect, and fulfill democratic values and human rights such as freedom of speech, equality before the law, social justice among other things,” they said. “Our next president and vice-president should uphold the truth and combat mechanisms of disinformation and misinformation that have masked the tainted record and twisted motivations of individuals and groups who have propelled falsehoods or fake news.”
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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