Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza

to run for senator as independents

 

Quezon City

 

November 24, 2009

 

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PRESS STATEMENT
November 24, 2009

Ocampo and Maza to run as independents

This morning, we, Representatives Satur C. Ocampo and Liza L. Maza, formally announce our decision to run as independent candidates in the 2010 elections.

Last week, we were in the final phase of talks with Nacionalista Party standard bearer Manny Villar on the possibility of being guest candidates in the NP sentorial ticket.

However, the formal alliance between the NP and the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan and the declaration of Congressman Bongbong Marcos’ senatorial candidacy under this alliance became a stumbling bloc to this possibility.

In a meeting of the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan this morning, we formalized our decision not to pursue our guest candidacy under the NP. At this point, doing otherwise would compromise our stand on the issue of recovering the Marcos family’s ill-gotten wealth and compensating the human rights victims of the Marcos dictatorship. These are issues that are very important to us and require closure. It would be a grave injustice to the Filipino people to ignore or gloss over them for the sake of political expediency.

We are particularly concerned that through the NP-KBL alliance, which was formalized last week through a signed document titled “Covenant of Alliance,” the moribund party that was founded by the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos and which supported and benefited from his 20-year fascist rule has been resurrected and put on equal footing with the NP – a party whose existence, in fact, was virtually obliterated by Marcos’ one-man, one-party dictatorship.

We know that an independent run under the Makabayan coalition will pose great challenges for us. But we are ready to meet that challenge.

We shall continue to engage Sen. Villar and other presidentiables in the opposition in a dialogue on his platforms and programs. We remain resolute in pushing forward the politics of change and the overarching interest of the Filipino people.

Thank you. #


Vincent Michael L. Borneo
Political Affairs Officer
(Media and Public Relations)
Office of Deputy Minority Leader
and BAYAN MUNA Rep. Satur C. Ocampo
Rm. 416, RVMitra Bldg.,
House of Representatives, Quezon City
Telefax no: 951-1027
Mobile: 09277968198
 

     
           
    Rep. Palatino, Maglunsod and Casiño

National Artist Prof. Bien Lumbera

and Migrante International Chair Regalado

     
 
           
           
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Satur: NP-KBL alliance complicates our support for Villar

Makabayan Coalition President and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo today said that the alliance between the Nacionalista Party (NP) of Senator Manuel Villar and the Marcoses’ Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) party has brought “complications” that could get in the way of the left-wing organizations’ support for Villar in the May 2010 elections.

“We will clarify this announcement, what this means. We must first know the terms of the NP-KBL alliance, of which we have not been informed beforehand by Senator Villar. We have laid down clearly with Senator Villar our outstanding issues with the Marcoses – compensation for the human rights victims and recovery of ill-gotten wealth,” Ocampo said.

The House Deputy Minority Leader also said that “our strong position against the human rights violations committed during the Marcos regime and for the return of the ill-gotten Marcos wealth that could be used to compensate the victims of these human rights violations cannot be compromised.”

We would need to review our impending support for Villar if the alliance would compromise the Makabayan Coalition’s stand on the issue involving the Marcoses.

Makabayan has been talking with Villar for the inclusion of Ocampo and Rep. Liza Maza of Gabriela Women’s Party into the NP’s slate as guest candidates for the senatorial race.

“Although a stumbling block, the KBL’s alliance with NP will not be the decisive factor in Makabayan’s final decision whether or not to support Villar. We can run as guest candidates of the NP, but not under the NP-KBL alliance,” Ocampo said.

Talks are underway between Makabayan, Sens. Villar and Loren Legarda to thresh out the issue. #

     
           
           
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