De los Reyes: Uncle Dick Gordon is my anti-thesis

Posted at 02/13/2013 6:33 PM | Updated as of 02/13/2013 6:50 PM

'Ang Kapatiran bets will lose if lay people don't go out and vote'

MANILA - Ang Kapatiran leader John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes only has one word to describe the more than half of his rivals in the senatorial elections, including an uncle who is also running in the May polls.

MANILA - Ang Kapatiran leader John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes only has one word to describe the more than half of his rivals in the senatorial elections, including an uncle who is also running in the May polls.

In an interview with ANC, de los Reyes came up with “dynasty” when asked for a word to describe several senatorial candidates, including Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Bam Aquino, Alan Cayetano, Tingting Cojuangco, JV Ejercito, Jack Enrile, and Cynthia Villar.

Ironically, De los Reyes also has roots in politics. Former Senator Richard Gordon is his uncle. Gordon will be running under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). Another relative, James Gordon Jr., is mayor of Olongapo City.

De los Reyes admitted he and the former tourism secretary are not on speaking terms.

Asked what word comes to mind regarding his uncle, de los Reyes said “anti-thesis.”

“We’re related, but so different…He propagates dynasty, and my principle is anti-dynasty,” he added.

He was asked how to describe his other opponents and these were his answers:

Teddy Casiño: “Left”
Bro. Eddie Villanueva, “Evangelical”
Grace Poe: “Simple woman”
Edward Hagedorn: “Local governor"
Risa Hontiveros: “Left in power”

Koko Pimentel: “Smart"
Migz Zubiri: “Nice guy”
He said Pimentel and Zubiri are both are in the wrong coalitions.

Mitos Magsaysay: “Fighter”

Jamby Madrigal: "Awkward being with PNoy now.” Madrigal was the first to criticize a road project connected to Senator Manuel Villar, whose wife is now with Team PNoy.

Gringo Honasan: "Kudeta…he has good intentions, but it’s not the way to go.”
Loren Legarda: “A political butterfly"
Chiz Escudero: “Showbiz...he’s identified like a rock star and [has a relationship] with Heart Evangelista.”

On Ernesto Maceda, de los Reyes cited the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, which is seen by some as a wise move and a means of empowering his successor. In short, de los Reyes said it’s about time that Maceda took a rest from politics.

On Antonio Trillanes, he paused, and after a while, de los Reyes answered: “I don’t know what he wants.”

He explained, “I like them all…but I have to recognize the problem of this country.” He said there should be a “deconcentration” of money and power.

De los Reyes said he knows he is up against popular people, but believes he has to start somewhere. “We’re political missionaries,” he said of the Ang Kapatiran party.

He said they have a different set of principles, separate from that propagated by traditional politics.

He said he believes the Catholic vote can bolster his chances. “If the laity doesn’t vote, we lose.”