'Anti-epal' group campaigns vs political dynasties

From a report by Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 13 2013 11:10 PM | Updated as of Apr 14 2013 07:10 AM

MANILA – While candidates are busy campaigning just weeks before the May midterm elections, the Anti-epal Movement is also busy campaigning against political dynasties.

The group kicked things off in the city of San Juan.

“Kung paulit-ulit na sila ang ihahalal niyo, walang tunay na pagbabago kaya kami ay nanawagan sa ‘Andayamo’ movement to end political dynasty,” said activist Mae Paner aka “Juana Change.”

A number of residents, however, defended the political family of the Estradas, who hold several positions in San Juan.

The Anti-epal Movement calmly explained their advocacy.

“Alam ko naman po na magagaling sila pero hindi ba dapat ang galing ay shine-share din sa iba. Lagi nalang sila, over naman ‘yun,” said Paner.

The Anti-epal Movement then brought its campaign to Mandaluyong City.
The group admits that it won’t be easy to change politics in the country but hopes it can send a strong message to voters that change is possible through the ballot.