Makabayan bet Colmenares expresses hope in winning

Makabayan bloc’s bet for the Senate Neri Colmenares expressed hope in winning in this year’s national elections at Tuesday’s grand rally at Plaza Miranda.

Running as part of the Team Galing at Puso, Colmenares asked the crowd if a poor man like himself could be a senator.

The crowd enthusiastically said “Yes.”

Here is a video of Neri’s speech and Makabayan’s send off of his campaign.

Neri adopted by aunt due to family’s poverty

Bayan Muna congressman and senatorial aspirant Neri Javier Colmenares bared he was adopted by an aunt as a child because of his family’s poverty.

Speaking before thousands at yesterday’s Galing at Puso rally at Plaza Miranda in Manila, Colmenares said his father was a security guard and his mother a clerk.

He then asked the crowd if an adopted child from a poor family could be a senator, which responded with an enthusiastic “yes”.

Colmenares’ revelation was in obvious reference to his group’s standard bearer Grace Poe who some political camps want disqualified for being a foundling.

A highly regarded human rights lawyer with degrees from the Philippines’ best schools as well as a graduate degree from Australia’s University of Melbourne, it was easy to assume that Colmenares came from at least a middle class family.

He remains to be one of the poorest congressmen in his nine years at the House of Representatives, a distinction he proudly shares with fellow Makabayan bloc representatives.

In a Facebook post, journalist Dean Lacandazo shared that a tricycle driver once rushed for Colmenares as he was boarding a jeepney to shake his hand.

“Di ba Congressman adto han Bayan Muna? Makig-lamano unta ako. Kaupay ano, nagco-commute la hiya?” (He was the congressman of Bayan Muna right? I just wanted to shake hands with him. Isn’t it good that he commutes for transportation?), Lacandazo recounted.

Neri to push for more benefits for elderly

Bayan Muna representative and senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares vows to push for more benefits for the elderly if elected to the Senate.

Colmenares addressed supporters in front of the Social Security System main office in Quezon City this morning as he begins his campaign for the Senate.

In his speech, Colmenares said the vetoed two thousand peso SSS pension increase will still be pushed on May 23 when Congress convenes for the canvassing of votes for the presidency.

If elected to the Senate, Colmenares said he will push for a minimum Php5,333 monthly pension for retirees.

He also vowed a sponsor a bill for a PhP1,500 monthly pension for all elderly who are non-SSS and Goivernment Service Insurance System members.

Earlier, Colmenares visited a Metro Rail Transit Station to assure commuters he will fight for better public transport in the country. #

Neri, aprub sa taong bayan para sa senado

Nagpasa na ng certificate of candidacy (COC) si Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares para sa kanyang pagtakbo bilang senador sa opisina ng Commission on Elections (COMELEC) noong Oktubre 12. Umaga pa lamang kasama na niya ang maraming mga kaibigan, kamag-anak at mga tagasuporta. Nagmartsa sila mula sa National Press Club (NPC) patungong tanggapan ng COMELEC sa Maynila. Dumating din ang artistang si Angel Locsin o Angelica Colmenares sa tunay na buhay para suportahan ang pamangkin.

October 12, 2015