By ROLLY T. CARANDANG
November 30, 2009, 6:13pm
Senators Manny Villar and Loren Legarda acknowledge the cheers of supporters after emerging from the Manila Cathedral where they attended mass before filing their certificates of candidacy (CoC) Monday. (Photo by KJ ROSALES)
Aside from fighting poverty, the Nacionalista Party headed by its standard-bearer Senator Manny Villar is determined to stamp out graft and corruption and restore peace and order that has been blamed why the country is lagging behind our neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.
Of the nine senatorial bets of NP who were proclaimed Sunday night, it seems Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was the overwhelming favorite of the Tondo crowd as she slammed the corrupt in government and the elite people whom she claimed conspired and rendered us one of the poorest nations now.
Tondo residents were in festive mood during Sunday's NP proclamation rally as Villar and his runningmate
Senator Loren Legarda, along with their nine senatorial slate were also endorsed by showbiz heavyweights, including noontime program Wowowee TV host Willie Revillame, and comedy King Dolphy, and billiards king Efren “Bata” Reyes, as well as Valerie Concepcion.
Senator Santiago, NP guest candidate for senator, surprisingly appeared during the NP proclamation rally Sunday night in Tondo, Manila and unleashed again her fiery words against the oligarchs and vowed that once reelected, she will not stop in fighting the unabated corruption which she blamed why millions of our countrymen are suffering from what she described as unexplained poverty. According to her, the Philippines is the richest nation in Southeast Asia but because of corruption and lack of concern by the elite people, we became the sick man of Asia.
Santiago said the rich and famous in our country are shameless and should be held accountable.