NEWS: Movement for Change in Comval D1 launched, endorses Lopoz for Cong

jun lopozATTY. JUN LOPOZ

oct 28

The Movement for Change (MFC) in the District 1 of Compostela Valley has been launched and its convenors strongly endorsed the congressional bid of Atty. Jaime “Jun” Lopoz as its “chosen alternative leader who can ably represent for the ideals and principles it advocates to bring first, change in the brand of politics in the district”.

“The great challenge of the people in our district now is to how to propagate the politics of change as replacement to the politics of the few, politics of promises and politics of tradition and patronage,” said Virgilio Iligan, a pastor in New Bataan during MFC’s launch Saturday at RTR Building in Compostela town.
“Let’s get serious in treating elections. It’s not good to give fun to it, and for all we know the promises of politicians after they were elected have not yet reached to our barangays until now that we’re already near to the next elections,” said Rading Velayo, also a pastor from New Bataan.
The group pinpointed that the province despite being so rich in agriculture and gold its people badly reel from the leading problems of hunger, poverty, unemployment, lack of opportunities for livelihood and education.
“In the field of politics, what emerge now is the traditional politics and politics of the few. Our people have been made to be used to the politics of entertainment mixed with patronage politics,” the MFC convening manifesto stated.
“A few want to control political power and they maneuver that no one will fight against them in the coming elections. They want to monopolize political power while political dynasty-making is being pursued. In their bid to retain and control political power, the few use money, temporary services, influence, threats, intimidation and armed coercion. They want to enchain the people to their political decision,” the MFC manifesto stated further.
At least 50 leaders from various sectors converged and adopted the the MFC’s three core principles consisting of volunteerism, standing up for change and right to elect.
In response, the group vowed to work and campaign for the “politics of change” that addresses the leading problems of hunger, poverty, unemployment, lack of opportunities for livelihood and education.
MFC lead convenor Bonifacio Rivera said that they would have to actively campaign to gain thousands of volunteers across sectors and barangays districtwide “for the ‘lider sa pagbag-o’ si Atty. Jun Lopoz”.
The group is targetting to bring to MFC’s fold the youth, women and mothers, farmers, labor, workers, small businessmen, miners, professionals, religious, non-government and people’s organizations, agrarian reform beneficiaries, drivers and operators, teachers, senior citizens and community leaders. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)
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