• Poor man’s political party to join 2016 fray

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    A POLITICAL party representing farmers and workers is appaently no match to big political parties and alliances composed of elite politicians but the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka (PMM) is still determined to compete in the next year’s race for the presidency.

    This was announced by lawyer-activist and PMM President Jose Malvar Villegas during formal signing of the newly formed coalition between the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka formerly Lapiang Manggagawa (Workers’ Party) and the Movement Against Dynasty (MAD) at the Astoria Hotel in Pasig City (Metro Manila) over the weekend.

    Villegas, grandson of Filipino patriot Gen. Miguel Malvar, said the coalition aims to dismantle the countries’ political dynasties and to install new leaders from the labor sector.

    Malvar was the last Filipino general who surrendered to American forces at the close of the Filipino-American War.

    Formed in 1963, the PMM is one of the oldest political parties in the country along with the ruling Liberal Party (LP) and the Nacionalista Party (NP).

    Villegas, however, said he wants PMM’s candidate for President to come from within the party.

    “We supported presidential candidates from other political parties in the previous years. But this time, we will not let this [PMM] to be borrowed by other candidates. This is ours. Definitely, we will have our own [presidential and vice presidential]candidates in next year’s elections,” Villegas told his party mates.

    According to him, they do not have yet an official candidate as party members may still have to decide who their bet for President in the 2016 election is.

    “The party has not decided,” he said, adding that the official candidate will be chosen in the next two months.

    Villegas said party member and former senator Ernesto Herrera has endorsed Rep. Roy Señeres of the OFW party-list as their standard-bearer.

    “Personally, I would also be endorsing whom labor leaders led by former senator Herrera have endorsed,” he added.

    The lawyer-activist said he is endorsing former Laguna governor and former senator Jose Lina as the party’s vice presidential candidate.

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