Why I am a Magdalo…
|Sen. Antonio Trillanes and me during his visit in Iligan.|
I started my journey as part of the Samahang Magdalo in 2009, after almost 2 years that Sen. Antonio Trillanes was elected senator in his first term. I added the senator as one of my friends in my newly created Facebook account. We chatted in the Facebook messenger and he recruited me as area coordinator for Samahang Magdalo in Iligan City. I then started recruiting people to become a member of the Samahang Magdalo in Iligan; that was the moment when the membership form was still rejected by people when you give it to them because they fear of being tagged as a rebel. I and my wife even visited the senator with his Mistahs inside their detention cell in Camp Crame in Manila. I voted for the senator during the 2007 elections because I was also frustrated of the rampant corruption issues of the GMA administration. I voted for him for the purpose of having a man in the government that have no fear of objecting and fighting corruption of the administration. I eventually become a member of the Samahang Magdalo Group. Since then my communication to the senator through Gary Alejano, now representative of the Samahang Magdalo Party List, continues.
I write this article because of some comments against the senator in the social networking sites. Some even asked me why I joined the Magdalo Group and I responded them also of a question why they will not join the cause. Accordingly, the following are their reasons why they don’t like the Magdalo, particularly Sen. Trillanes:
|The Senator with my family when we visited|
him & his Mistahs in Camp Crame in 2009.
- The Magdalo are rebellious and why should we associate with rebellious people?
- Sen. Trillanes is disrespectful and arrogant.
Allow me to answer these issues one by one:
First, I could not blame you for thinking that the Magdalo are rebellious because they started and founded their group out from the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003 and the Manila Peninsula Siege in 2007. At that time the group of young officers wanted change and reform our government system due to corruption issues of the Arroyo administration. However, they realised that changing the society couldn't start from the top, it must start from our hearts. So, they open their group to civilians who have the same beliefs and aspirations like them, that is, to have good governance and a government that is equal for all. This is now known as Samahang Magdalo Para sa Pagbabago Movement, Inc. SM or Samahan for brevity. The Magdalo members now are not rebellious as you think. We are volunteer members whose advocacy is to empower the responsible and enlightened Filipino citizenry and become a vanguard for societal change. In fact, the Samahan is categorised as an NGO or Non-Governmental Organisation. It can even be associated as a socio-civic organisation, whose main purpose is to volunteer in serving the country.
Second, from the beginning, we know Sen. Trillanes as a man who fight against corruption. In fact, he led the Oakwood because of the corruption issues of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. In factuality, it is not only GMA whom he battled with, there are a lot of corrupt political Goliaths in the government like Gen. Angelo Reyes and other corrupt retired generals who benefited the corruption of GMA; Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile; and recently Vice President Jojo Binay. Assuming arguendo that Sen. Trillanes is disrespectful, do you think these people I’ve mentioned deserved to be respected? They raped our country, they are the ones who disrespected the Filipino people. Remember “respect begets respect”. I have met Sen. Trillanes several times and from what I encountered, I observed that he is a gentleman full of respect. On the other hand, as regards to arrogance, assuming again without admitting that the senator is arrogant; that is only your unfortunate and exaggerated perception. The senator is only persistent in his conviction. We know that he is fighting the political giants of the country because of stealing the people’s coffer, which money is intended supposedly to the housing projects, food security projects, infrastructures projects of the government, etc. but instead building the same as mansions for their family and mistresses. With this, would you still want the senator afford to appear meek? If you are David fighting Goliath, can you afford to appear tender?
Senator Trillanes is a working senator. The issue that Sen. Trillanes has no legacy being legislator is a big lie. Please visit his site www.trillanes.com.ph and check personally how many laws he had created and how many bills that are pending that he had passed . You can also check what he did to his PDAF and DAP funds. With the legacy of the Senator, I believe that it’s high time for him to run for a higher position. If he will win for a higher position, our dream to minimise, if not eliminate political dynasty will be materialised. He is not a political scion. Why not give our country a chance to be governed by a true person who belongs to the masses? Who has a true feeling for the poor? With the laws and projects he had created he deserves to be the president of this country but it is not for me to decide, it is you who will decide, it is us to decide. God bless the Magdalo! God bless the Philippines!
You may be interested with the following videos:
1. History of Samahang Magdalo
2. Samahang Magdalo Para sa Pagbabago Movement
3. Samahang Magdalo Activities