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Ka Leody’s Senate slate: Labor leaders, environmentalists, rights defenders

Michelle Abad
Ka Leody’s Senate slate: Labor leaders, environmentalists, rights defenders

KA LEODY'S SLATE. From top left: Luke Espiritu, Roy Cabonegro, David D'angelo, Chel Diokno, Risa Hontiveros, Neri Colmenares, Elmer Labog, Sonny Matula, Leila de Lima

‘Wala silang obligasyong dalhin ang aking kandidatura. Hindi ito transactional politics. Nagtitiwala ako sa kanilang hangarin para sa bayan,’ says the standard bearer of the Partido Lakas ng Masa

Labor leader and presidential aspirant Leodegario “Ka Leody” de Guzman named the nine senatorial candidates included in his slate for the 2022 Philippine elections on Saturday, October 16.

Three were from his party, Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), while the other six were guest candidates.

The three from PLM included:

  • Luke Espiritu, labor leader
  • Roy Cabonegro, environmentalist
  • David D’angelo, environmentalist

Meanwhile, his guest candidates were the following:

  • Chel Diokno, human rights lawyer
  • Risa Hontiveros, reelectionist senator and women’s rights advocate
  • Neri Colmenares, human rights lawyer and former Bayan Muna representative
  • Elmer “Bong” Labog, trade unionist
  • Sonny Matula, labor lawyer
  • Leila de Lima, reelectionist senator and former human rights commissioner

Di ko man kapartido ay lubos kong pinagkakatiwalaan,” De Guzman said of the guest candidates in a tweet on Saturday. (They are not my party mates but I trust them fully.)

De Guzman clarified that the senatorial aspirants he endorsed have no obligation to help in his campaign.

Hindi ito transactional politics. Nagtitiwala ako sa kanilang hangarin para sa bayan,” the labor leader said. (This is not transactional politics. I trust in their aspirations for the country.)

De Guzman also confirmed to Rappler that his running mate in PLM was Raquel Castillo, though she was not included in De Guzman’s social media announcement.

De Guzman has worked as a progressive labor leader and community organizer for decades.

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Despite a landslide loss in the senatorial race in 2019, De Guzman filed his certificate of candidacy for president with a continued aspiration to not only change the regime, but to change the system of governance the Philippines currently has.

A social media spiel calling for volunteers for De Guzman’s campaign reads, “Atin si Leody. Mula sa masa. Lumalaban sa bilyonaryo. Samahan natin siya, isulong ang maginhawang buhay para sa lahat!

(Leody is our own. From the masses. Fighting billionaires. Let us go with him in advocating for a comfortable life for all!) – with a report from Jairo Bolledo/Rappler.com

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Michelle Abad

Michelle Abad is a researcher-writer with the investigative unit of Rappler. She also covers overseas Filipinos and the rights of women and children.