Barely a month away from the May 9 National Elections, most Filipinos have already selected their candidates for president and vice president. Based on the recent Pulse Asia survey covering March 17 to 21, VP Leni Robredo and former senator Kiko Pangilinan have advanced to 24% and 15% respectively. This proves that while 3% of voters remain undecided, the general preference for candidates with a good track record and good governance platforms is steadily growing among voters.
But the race for senatoriables is still on. For Leni-Kiko voters, the 1Sambayan senatorial block guarantees a senatorial lineup that will support, amplify, and roll into action the vision of the Leni-Kiko tandem for a better Philippines. 1Sambayan offers an alternative to traditional politicians as it brings together 11 senatorial aspirants coming from different origins and backgrounds, but with only one goal to unite the country.
Joining the 1Sambayan senatorial slate is eleventh senatorial candidate Monsour Del Rosario. A firm advocate for the ordinary Filipinos, he served the Filipino public for 6 years as an outstanding councilor, and 3 years as a hardworking congressman of the 1st District of Makati City. Known as the “Father of the Work From Home Law” who has authored/co-authored/sponsored over 292 bills in congress, Del Rosario aims to continue his good work in the senate to help the country’s health frontliners, athletes, children with different learning abilities, farmers and fishermen, and other marginalized sectors.
On Friday, April 8, 1Sambayan officially endorsed Del Rosario as one of its allies in bringing true reform to the government. “Dapat tayo ay magsama-sama at magkaisa para sa ating kinabukasan. Sa darating na eleskyon, wag po natin kalilimutan na meron din po tayong 12 na senador. We have to choose wisely sa mga senador na bibigyan natin ng six years para tulungan si VP Leni. We have to be discerning. Binibigyan po kayo ng 1Sambayan ng magandang alternatibo at kasama po rito pang-11 sa aming listahan, isang taong tunay na nagtatrabaho at nagse-serbisyo sa tao, si Monsour Del Rosario,” says 1Sambayan convenor Atty. Howard Calleja.
As for Del Rosario, a senate seat will not only mean victory for himself and 1Sambayan’s quest to bring good leadership to the national government, but a victory for the future of the country and improve the lives of many Filipinos. “When I was competing in taekwondo years ago, I was very proud to bear the flag of our country. That still means the same to me today. Just as I fought for the country in sports, I will be as fervent and dedicated in this fight for a seat in the senate not for myself, but for the future of our countrymen. I reiterate my support for our future president Leni Robredo and the Angat Buhay Lahat movement because the Philippines needs a leader that cares for the youth, cares for this country, and cares for the future of our people. We have to choose the right leader. If we don’t choose the right leader, our problems will never be solved and will only worsen. If we don’t choose the right leader, our people will only continue to suffer. Kaya piliin natin ang gobyernong tapat dahil dito aangat ang buhay ng lahat,” Del Rosario says.