Teodoro Casiño: Baptized in EDSA

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The EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986 baptized Teodoro Casiño he said, and rekindled his faith that "good will triumph over evil."

"If we can bring down dictators, then we can build a more just and equitable society," he said in his website.

Casiño was only a high school student at La Salle Greenhills when he was catapulted into EDSA by his volunteer work for the National Movement for Free Elections for the snap polls.

After the ouster of Marcos and his graduation from high school, Casiño left his comfort zone to pursue agriculture in the University of the Philippines Los Banos.

There he immersed himself more deeply into activism. He also edited the student publication UPLB Perspective, and in 1991 was elected national president of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.

Although Casino maintained good academic standing, he chose to stay in school longer to work for the student movement, graduating only in 1993 with a degree in sociology.

He also planned on pursuing his dream of becoming a lawyer, but quit the UP College of Law when he realized that it interfered with his participation in the movement.

By then, Casino had already joined the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU). He later on became part of Bagong Alyandang Makabayan, for which he became secretary-general in 1999.

Casino also became commissioner of the People Power Commission, a stint cut short when his criticisms did not sit well with the administration.

He then forayed into media, working for ABS-CBN's Hoy Gising and The Correspondents and later on writing a columnn for BusinessWorld.

Casino won a congressional seat in 2004, representing party-list Bayan Muna. He again represented Bayan Muna when it was re-elected in 2007.

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