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
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
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