Ex-presidential bet running for senator

Posted at 10/04/2012 6:29 PM | Updated as of 10/05/2012 8:20 AM

MANILA – John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes, a 2010 presidential candidate who lost to President Aquino, has formalized his bid to run for senator in 2013.

De los Reyes will still be running under the Ang Kapatiran Party, a church-based political party.

“I was nominated by the party and I accepted. My goal is to push the party platform and its principles,” he told ANC on Thursday.

De los Reyes also said the party remains united in its goal to push its advocacies.

“That’s what makes Kapatiran Party different. Everybody will have to adhere to one symphony orchestra and one conductor, which is our platform,” he said.

De los Reyes, a nephew of fellow 2010 presidential bet Richard Gordon, placed last among nine presidential candidates in the general elections.

De los Reyes filed his certificate of candidacy on Thursday, along with 2 other Ang Kapatiran senatorial bets—Lito David and Atty. Marwin Llasos.

Kapatiran platform

De los Reyes enumerated four items that the party will push for if they are elected to the Senate.

“We are here to push the platform which is to legislate the anti-political dynasty, go all out against the pork barrel system, gun control, at ipaglaban ang FOI [Freedom of Information],” he said.

David, meanwhile, expressed the party’s opposition to the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, saying a new law addressing pregnancy and newborn babies is no longer necessary.

“Sa aming partido ang tayo naman [sa RH Bill] ay hindi na kailangan. Mayroon na tayong mga batas na nasa mandato ng Department of Health ang mga bagay na kailangan na gawin para sa mga ina at mga bata. Hindi mo na kailangan ng bagong batas na ang intensyon lang naman ay pera-pera,” said David. 

The party also said that the insertion of the libel clause in the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act is unacceptable.

Llasos said it was one of the reasons why he decided to seek a seat in Senate.

“Ang  nagbigay sa akin ng rason na tumakbo ay 'yung nakita ko na pwede pala magsingit ng probisyon sa isang batas ng hindi pinadedebatehan at ‘di alam ng mga senador, that is so contrary to idea of parliamentary democracy,” said Llasos, a first-time political aspirant.