Filipino American groups in California are in full support of Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s decision to run for the presidency in the 2010 elections.
The Ninoy Aquino Movement and the Liberal Party of the Bay Area launched its support for the son of late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, a day after he announced his candidacy for president.
ABS-CBN North America News Bureau correspondent Henni Espinosa reported that the two groups believe that Aquino and his running mate, Sen. Mar Roxas, come from families of leaders with no history of corruption.
“Right now, the most important kind of leadership that we need in the Philippines is moral leadership. Now, Noynoy and Mar is a very credible team,” said Ted Laguatan, Counsel of the Ninoy Aquino Movement.
The Ninoy Aquino Movement and the Liberal Party of the Bay Area played a role in mobilizing overseas Filipinos when Aquino’s mother ran for president in 1986.
"Kaya kung makaka-generate tayo ng support ng mga Pilipino sa buong mundo para kay Noynoy, na sa aming pananaw ay siyang pinagtitiwalaang tao sa lahat ng kandidato ngayon, palagay ko po tuloy-tuloy na,” said Liberal Party of the Bay Area president, Rey Mercado.
To ensure Aquino's victory, they plan to file a petition with the Commission on Elections to extend overseas absentee voting registration.
“With modern technology there is really no reason why we can’t extend it to October,” said Rodel Rodis, President of the Ninoy Aquino Movement.
The groups plan to raise funds for Aquino's campaign by calling on some 11 million overseas Filipinos to donate US$10 each every month until the May 2010 elections.
“Palagay ko makakatulong ng malaki yun at we are going to tap some of our members especially yun pong mga meron sa buhay,” said Fred Aquitania, the movement’s vice president.
Furthermore, they plan to use the internet and mobilize the youth to ignite the desire for change.
“They know what's going on. They prefer change. Their communication skills are better than us so let us pass on the torch to them,” said the movement’s secretary, Gloria Navarette.
Espinosa also reported that there are plans to bring Aquino to key cities all over the US and campaign to continue his family's legacy. With ANC’s On the Scene