Taking the Third Route for Presidency: A presidential speech by Mario Del Castro of BAHAGHARI PARTYLIST

By:

Donovan Aguilos

Marvin Saijo

Erika Xim Paola Santos

Sa ating mga bisita, hello po sa inyo. To my fellow countrymen whose desire for a peaceful and progressive country is always tantamount to their dream of having a safe and secured future for their children, to everyone else, ladies and gentlemen, good day.

Sa loob ng mga taon na namumuhay ako bilang isang Pilipino, nakita ko kung paano natin sinarado ang pintuan para sa miyembro ng bahaghari. Isa ako sa mga batang natatakot lumabas sa kloseta dahil natatakot mahusgahan, isa ako sa estudyanteng hindi kayang ipakita ang tunay nakulay pagkat mismong ang pangalawang tahanan ay naging kalaban, at isa akong mangagagawa na tinatratong katawa-tawa. Ngayon, maninindigan ako, hindi lamang para sa tanang miyembro ng LGBTQ kundi pati na rin sa madlang Pilipino.

I dream not to become a politician. But for some reason, I cannot just say no to people saying, “Dalhin mo ang storya namin sa gobyerno. Maging boses ka naming mga api.” I know I have the ability to become the leader of this country.

I am a daugter of a farmer – and I’m so much proud of my family. While i was scrolling my news feed, I read a post saying: huwag sisihin ang gobyerno, ang problema ay katamaran ng Pilipino. Is it really true? Then dare to look into the eyes of my father and tell me na tamad sya. Look into the eyes of our fishermen, pedicab and jeepney drivers and market vendors and tell me that tamad ang mga Pilipino.

Do you remember the news about the extraordinary determination of an elementary pupil studying under the light of a fastfood restaurant? We have this unquestionable determination from our students yet they don’t have eductional opportunities they desrve.

Another example is Mary Grace Santos. An ordinary mother who wanted the best for her family. As much as she wanted to stay with her family, she decided to go out of the country and feed and clothe other people’s children. Hindi ko kaya ang sakit na nararamdaman ng mga overseas Filipino workers natin.

And most of all, the lessons we learned from the death of Kian de los Santos. An innocent man is sacrificed just for this unlawful war on drugs. and more so its becoming war against the poor, why? Because the government can just easily throw this people away.

I know these people, I know their stories and I know their needs. they are the reasons why I’m here in this very day.

Once, a lady president put the country into extreme corruption. Now, a brutal guy president killed many Filipinos, I guess its time for the third gender to take action.

Anong magagawa ni Mario? Una, patitibayin ang inclusive education. Education deserved by all. Education that is literally for all. Paano? Itutuloy natin ang pag dagdag pa ng mga pampublikong paaralan na aabot sa kung saan nangangailangan na may kompletong. kagamitan at pasilidad pati na rin mga guro. Aayusin natin ang mga gusot ng K12 program para walang estudyanteng mapaglalaruan ng gobyerno. Pangalawa, paparamihin pa natin ang mga job opportunities sa bansa sa pmamagitan ng paghihikayat sa mga mamumuhunan at pagdagdag ng mga livelihood communities. Pangatlo, dadag-dagan natin ang mga benepisyo ng ating mga manggagawa para wala nang Pilipinong aalis ng bansa. Papatibayin din natin ang ating sandatahang lakas para sa seguridad ng bayan. At pinakaimportante, ayaw na ayaw ni Mario sa corrupt. Sa mga taong nasa posisyon na patuloy pa ring nagpapakasasa sa pera ng mamamayan, magbalot na kayo’t paparating na si Mario. Marami pang magagawa si Mario. Sa darating na eleksyon, ating kulayan ng bahaghari ang ating puso’t isipan at magkaisa para sa bansang malaya at tapat.

106.8 million people in this country – 106.8 million voices – clamoring to end poverty, hunger, injustice, and inequality. Yet all of them neglected. My dear countrymen, together, we will tip the scales back into balance. The balance that was once deprived when we hit the highest inflation rate in our economy, when the terror of extrajudicial killings pooled the streets with blood, and human rights does not protect us anymore. Let us embrace a change that will bring about a progressive country, and a nation where everybody is treated equally. Here I am, committing to serve the Filipino people, and to save its sovereignty. My fight for progress will relentlessly be pursued.

Sa maraming taon, kulang pa ang nagawa ng mga lalake at babae sa gobyerno, ngayong darating na eleksyon, iasa ang boto kay Mario. Mario del Castro ng Bahaghari Partylist. May magagawa si Mario. Bigyang pagkakataon si Mario. Mario del Castro- kasama mo para sa pagbabago.

References:

Condor, S., Tileaga, C., and Billig, M. 2013. Political rhetoric. IN: Huddy, L., Sears, D.O., and Levy, J.S., (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapter 9, pp. 263-300.

Worldometers, 2018. Philippines population (live). Retrieved from http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/philippines-population/

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