Dispatch from Crame No. 388: De Lima para kina Aquino, Diokno at Tañada


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Ninoy Aquino, Pepe Diokno at Lorenzo Tañada. Mga pangalang nakilala noong panahon ng diktadurang Marcos dahil sa kanilang katapangan at kabayanihan. Malaki ang naiambag nila sa pagkamit ng kalayaang mayroon tayo ngayon.

Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno at Erin Tañada. Mga pangalang nakikilala naman ngayon sa panahon ng bagong diktadura ni Duterte dahil sa kanilang paninindigan at paglilingkod sa mamamayan. Ipinagpapatuloy ang mga nasimulan ng kanilang mga bayaning kapamilya. Malaki ang naiiambag at maiiambag pa nina Sen. Bam Aquino, Dean Chel Diokno, at Cong. Erin Tañada sa pagbawi ng ganap na kalayaan at dignidad ng ating bayan.

Yesterday during a simple yet meaningful session of the Liberal Party’s National Executive Council (LP NECO) held in a basketball court in Quezon City, Sen. Bam, Dean Chel and Atty. Erin were named in the initial list of the party’s candidates for Senator in next year’s midterm elections. As with the cheering crowd in the venue and the many more supporters and allies who have learned about the good news, I am extremely elated about the announcement of their names, names which are “super brands” in Philippine politics and history.

They are all my good friends, and they are people I truly admire. Sen. Bam is a dependable ally in the Senate minority, and has made an indelible mark as a champion of education, entrepreneurship and technological innovations in our country. Dean Chel is one of my lawyers par excellence, and a partner in many battles for our people’s civil liberties and basic freedoms. Cong. Erin is a respected party leader, and has been a generous spokesperson and fellow exponent of our shared advocacies for democracy, human rights and rule of law in our country.

The Liberal Party has indeed made the perfect choices for their Senatorial candidates. The decision is symbolic as it is well considered. Sen. Bam Aquino, Dean Chel Diokno and Atty. Erin Tañada represent the very best and the very brightest who are willing and able to engage in a brave brand of politics as much as they embody the virtues of servant leadership. Sila at ang mga kagaya nila ang kailangan natin sa yugtong ito ng ating kasaysayan.

In his book, “Courage!”, my good friend Prof. Ed Garcia listed the three (3) best qualities and traits that a good Filipino leader should have, namely: character, competence, and courage. Yan ang mayroon sina Sen. Bam, Dean Chel at Cong. Erin. Hangad ko ang tagumpay nilang tatlo na magiging tagumpay rin ng bayang Pilipino.

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