Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bayan Muna solon eyeing Senate seat: Angel Locsin gives support

From Ang Malaya (Jul 8): Bayan Muna solon eyeing Senate seat: Angel Locsin gives support

Bayan Muna Party-list Representative Neri Colmenares is considering to run for a higher post in government in the upcoming 2016 elections. He said he “is now seriously considering the challenge but a senatorial run requires a lot of resources and we do not have that.”

However, Colmenares said they have learned from the experience of Teddy Casiño during the 2013 elections when Casiño made a bid to Senate and failed. They saw “the difficulty of a senatorial run without the resources and the support of a slate.”

Various groups and individuals, including Angel Locsin (Angelica Locsin Colmenares), have expressed support and urged Bayan Muna Representative Colmenares to run for senator.

“Tangkililin po natin ang bagong politika para sa bagong pag-asa,” the actress said in a statement read by her sister Ella Colmenares-Sabino during an event yesterday, July 7.

“I thank the groups that encourage me to run in the Senate and I am glad that I am acceptable to diverse groups with diverse political persuasions,” Representative Colmenares said.

“Many believe that I can make a difference because of my track record in advocating against corruption, pork barrel, high prices of electricity and other pro-people issues.

Unlike the other candidates I have actually pre-empted the electricity rate hike through the Supreme Court (SC) temporary restraining order (TRO), and actually battled against the pork barrel system,” he added.

Colmenares is representing Bayan Muna part of Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives and is under the bigger Communist-affiliated political party and alliance of leftist militant organizations known as Bagong Alyansang Makabayan or Bayan.

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  1. Bayan Muna (People First) is a CPP-associated party list political party and is part of the Makabyan Coalition, an umbrella organization of some seven CPP-linked political parties.

    [Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) was founded on April 16, 2009. It is a political coalition that is presently comprised of 11 Philippine progressive parties: Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, Courage, Migrante, ACT-Teachers, Katribu, Akap Bata, Piston, Kalikasan and Aking Bikolnon. The national council also includes personages in the field of arts, governance, mass media and people’s organizations. In its founding assembly, Makabayan rallied for change that is embodied in their call "Pilipino para sa Pagbabago, Pagbabago para sa Pilipino" (Filipinos for Change, Change for Filipinos).]

    Short official bio on Colmenares

    Hon. Colmenares, Neri J.
    Party List - BAYAN MUNA

    Term: 3

    House of Representatives, Quezon City
    Rm. N-210
    Phone: (632) 931-5001; local 7389, 9316722
    Chief of Staff: Imelda V. Luna


    Educational Background

    College Degree
    West Negros College, Engineering
    San Beda College, AB Economics, 1992
    University of Negros Occidental Recoletos (UNOR), Engineering, 1977

    University of the Philippines, College of Law, 1996
    University of Melbourne, PHD, 2002

    Work Experience (Government and/or Private)
    House of Representatives, Congressman Bayan Muna Partylist, 01 July 2013 - Present
    House of Representatives, Congressman Bayan Muna Parylist, 01 July 2010 � 30 June 2013
    Office of Representative Satur Ocampo, Consultant, 01 March 2004 � 30 March 2006
    Bayan Muna Partylist, General Counsel, 19 September 1999 - 2009
    National Amnesty Commission, Attorney, 15 May 1999 � 30 September 1999
    National Amnesty Commission, Attorney, 15 January 1998 � 30 September 1998
    National Amnesty Commission, Legal Officer, 01 October 1997 � 14 May 1998
    National Amnesty Commission, Private Secretary, 02 January 1997 � 30 September 1997
    National Amnesty Commission, Private Secretary, 04 November 1996 � 01 January 1997

    Membership in Civic Organization
    Integrated Bar of the Philippines
    National Union of People�s Lawyer
    Counsel for Defense of Liberties
    National Chess Federation of the Philippines


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