September 28, 2009 15:04:00Maila AgerINQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines – After seeing the destruction caused by tropical storm “Ondoy,” Senator Loren Legarda is now thinking of not joining the 2010 elections.
Legarda is said to be eyeing either the presidential or vice presidential post next year.
“Maybe it would be better not to be a candidate, right? Maybe it’s better not to run and whatever you will spend, just use this for humanitarian help. Maybe it’s better not to run,” she told reporters in Filipino at the Senate on Monday.
“Hindi talaga [Really]. You realize, I think that politics and campaigning gets in the way of governance. Nagiging balakid ang pangangampanya sa maayos na pamamalakad ng ating pamahalaan at pagtulong sa mahirap e [Campaigning has become an obstacle to the systematic administration of our government and in helping the poor],” she said.
Instead of campaigning and spending money for advertisements and other campaign materials, Legarda said she would rather help those in need.
And one does not have to be in power, she said, to help the poor.
“I don’t need to be famous anymore because I’m already famous. I don’t need to prove anything anymore…because really, what I wan to do is humanitarian help,” she said.
Legarda said it was “unconscionable” for politicians like her to campaign while many people, like the victims of “Ondoy,” were crying for help.
“You known in such a poor country that is disaster-stricken, it’s so unconscionable to be spending so much on campaign and politics,” she further said.
MANILA – The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) will announce their bets for the 2010 presidential elections in October, Senator Loren Legarda said on Wednesday.
Legarda and Senator Francis Escudero are the NPC’s top bets for the 2010 polls, but she said a Legarda-Escudero tandem is “almost sure.”
The NPC meeting was rescheduled to September 29, originally scheduled for Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Legarda said she is not bothered by the number of celebrities endorsing Sen. Benigno Aquino III.
She said that despite the draw of celebrities towards Aquino, she is already a veteran politician, and since she has been through several campaigns, she said she has won and can win without the help of any celebrity.
“Di ko minamaliit ang mga celebrities dahil siguro meron din namang mag-eendorse sa amin… pero ang tao ngayon, ang concern nila ay ang kalunasan sa gutom,” she said.
The final decision of the voter still depends on the candidates, she said. With a report from Maricar Bautista, ABS-CBN News
Senator Loren Legarda’s Tweet: Ligtas Likas, an animated film promoting a green environment, premiers on Wednesday, August 26, at 10:30 a.m. at Cinema 1 of Shang Cineplex.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, Please click this link. GMANews.TV – Ligtas Likas Advocacy campaign for environment launched – Video – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News
Senator Loren Legarda with Raphael Provido (whom she helped to have a cochlear implant). THIS PICTURE IS NOT RELATED TO THE DZMM “OFW” Forum.
Loren vows to probe OWWA fund
abs-cbnNEWS.com | 08/15/2009 6:50 PM
“Hindi ko po hihintayin ang aking unang daang araw na maging pangulo. Ngayon po ay Sabado sa Lunes po maari ko kayong imbitahan at ang OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) administrator at ang board. Ako po ay magpapa-meeting sa aking tanggapan,” said Sen. Loren Legarda
For Full Report, please go to http://abs-cbnnews.com/pinoy-migration/08/15/09/loren-vows-probe-owwa-fund
New and more interactive website of Senator Loren Legarda is complete with “Press Room, Photos, LorenonCam, Community, About Loren, and Contact us”. Computer users can also receive updates and post testimonials.
Please visit: www.lorenlegarda.com.ph
According to The Manila Times Senior Reporter Efren L. Danao,
majority of the leaders of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) prefer Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero over Sen. Loren Legarda to be the party standard-bearer in 2010, the party chairman told The Manila Times on Sunday.
Former Isabela Gov. Faustino Dy Jr. was quoted “Loren has charisma but she is new to the NPC. Furthermore, her ratings in surveys have been going down,”“The people would not like another woman to become president after Gloria,”
A common friend, Melo Santiago, called her and told her that she committed a mistake in announcing her candidacy in the Maldives, Dy said.
For full information : http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/july/20/yehey/metro/20090720met1.html