To run or not to run

dear spliceandice,

to answer your question, let me give a very brief background. we formed ang ladlad in 2003, wanted to run in 2007, but ben “burjer king” abalos said we did not have a national constituency, we are not marginalized and we are not under-represented. i think he was just afraid that if we won (and surveys said we would get two seats) we would add votes to the gma impeachment campaign. and so we were not allowed to run, and i ran as a congressman of district 3 as a guest candidate of pdp-laban/ genuine opposition. we lost. we were also surprised to learn that a week before the elections, the comelec changed all the election supervisors in my district, and only God know what happened next.

now the law says i cannot run as a party-list candidate again under ang ladlad, because of my loss in the last elections. therefore, i am being asked to run as a congressman of district 3 (i got 10,000 votes — all of them clean, i assure you, walang bahid ‘yan ng daya), or as a senator of the republic. i am weighing the pros and cons based on finances, survey results, and which party would draft me.

so to answer your question, spliceandice, yes, i am running in 2010. i hope that answers your question.

thank you,

danton remoto

4 Comments

  1. kris said,

    May 8, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    woa! by 2010, ill be qualified to vote, and… youre the bomb prof. danton!

  2. May 9, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    I think it would be “interesting” to have you around the Senate. It would certainly give a new breeze to the archaic winds we have in the upper legislature. To have you there would, I think, bequeath those whom “ang ladlad” is representing a concrete voice, so to speak. Which of course what a democracy is all about–every number, or voice, counts.

    “we were also surprised to learn that a week before the elections, the comelec changed all the election supervisors in my district, and only God know what happened next.”

    Well, perhaps borjer king knows something about that.

    In any case, since you intend to run this 2010, I do hope we’ll be hearing more from you here (and from the rest of the Young Turks). That way we’ll get to “weigh” you and your positions. Thanks for the response by the way.

  3. Harmone said,

    July 11, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    wow!!!

    a lot of people are really looking forward to see a different atmosphere in the senate or in the congress…=)

  4. Jack said,

    July 11, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    It is high time that we change the guards at both houses, and these guys, The Young Turks, would freshen up the roster of leaders. I am looking forward to your running for higher public office. Changing of the Guards as they say, and who better to be at the helm than The Young Turks! Prof. Danton, all the best to you! Frankly speaking, I have not read your resume’, but would do so. The mere fact that you belong to such unselfish group of young blood, who’s intentions are to up the level of good governance notches high, I am optimistic that you would a great job in higher public office. Bravo and keep the untainted spirits of the youth high!


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