The first time volunteers in clannish Ilocos Norte came out to make a stand for Leni and Kiko (here), eyebrows were raised, accusations were cast, legitimacy was questioned. Unfazed, the volunteers remain hopeful and driven by the positive energy flowing from the tandem they chose to support. Because of their growing number, a center where they can meet, work together, and assist new campaigners was established.
On the 36th anniversary of the bloodless People Power Revolution, the volunteers representing diverse backgrounds, gathered to celebrate the launch of the pinkified center, located within the neighborhood of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol.
“The tiny crack in the heart of the so-called Solid North is growing, and we will continue to chip away at it until that crack finally falls apart into a chasm for the light of truth to fill,” the volunteers said in a statement.
At around the same time the base opened in Laoag, a separate group from I.N. LoVe attended the EDSA Revolution commemoration activities at the EDSA Shrine in Quezon City.
Photos from the Ilocos Norte for Leni and Kiko Volunteers
At a meeting in LA yesterday, I heard Leni was set to file her CoC for president. Pacquiao, Marcos Jr., Ping, and Yorme Isko have already made theirs official. When I arrived home, news of her filing were all over the net. Pink, suddenly, was trending. Not BBM’s pink shirt nowadays, but Leni’s new yellow. The rebranding is refreshing. For having the courage of her convictions, she deserves more the girl power pink.
News from my city of birth, Laoag, was getting interesting too. The same old political parties running against each other now include first time politicos and surprisingly a seasoned one I thought has already retired from the political arena. I noticed the newbies are mostly from the business sector. Just a thought that crossed my mind, let us all pray for economic recovery for the greater good and not for a politician’s own personal enrichment, especially during these turbulent times.
Like I said in my last post after the May 2019 elections, anything can happen before the May 2022 elections. The Keon and Lazo pairing is now officially off. Both are running against former mayor CVF. Manong Rudy’s eldest son Carlos is Chevylle’s running mate. Marcos Jr.’s heir, rookie politician Sandro, officially attempts to snatch the Ilocos Norte District I congressional seat from incumbent Rudy Fariñas’ daughter Ria, who has shown she can stand on her own.
Among the reds, the pinks and the greens, the only noticeable yellow I saw was the shirt of Manong Puco Aurelio when he went to file his CoC for Laoag City Councilor as an independent candidate.
Best of luck to all the candidates! Please make it clean, and color the future bright.
The stark parallelism of the highly anticipated official election returns in the mallified town of San Nicolas and city of Laoag, both intense areas in the just concluded midterm elections, shows a constituency with a mind-set for a family-run affair. The similitude ends however in regard to support from unopposed reelectionist Governor Imee Marcos, with the Valdezes running independently and the Fariñases under the One-Ilocos Norte ticket, a seeming manifestation that Ilocos Norte is not really one, politically, debunking the Solid North myth.
Alfredo and Michael are about to complete their terms as mayor, while their wives, Melanie and Chevylle, will be taking over the top posts, with the husbands as vice and next presiding official of the sanggunian (council).