Noynoy Aquino’s appeal to the Bloggers
This email was sent to me by Noynoy Aquino’s Media Bureau. It’s a letter of appeal to the Filipino Blogosphere:
Our people’s participation in the country’s democratic system of government will again be put to test when the electorate cast their votes on May 14 to choose from among the candidates aspiring to lead this country.
I am writing you today in recognition of the growing significance of the blogging industry in the flow of information, especially during this political season.
The blogosphere has become an extension of our democratic space where we express an opinion. Bloggers are a most compelling force indeed that could shape an informed vote.
As you may well know by now, I am running for senator as a member of the Liberal Party under the banner of the Genuine Opposition to strengthen democracy and uphold the rule of law in the country.
I call my platform of governance â€œBantay Demokrasya: Dugong Bayani, Pusong Bayani.â€ This is actually a continuation of the legacy of my late father Ninoy in defending democracy against iron-fisted rule during the martial law years. It is also the logical extension of my mother’s key role in restoring democracy through Edsa 1 in 1986.
I would like to continue what my parents, Ninoy and Cory, have worked on in defending and upholding democracy in our country, thereby enabling me to contribute in a meaningful way in preserving the freedom and democracy we have won through People Power two decades ago, and through our common struggle against tyranny and oppression in present times.
Faith in freedom and dedication to democratic idealsâ€”these are what the Filipino nation needs today. I am ready to help our people defend our cherished democratic tradition and aspirations in the halls of the Senate.
I am therefore asking for your help and support. Allow me to share with you a letter which my late father Ninoy wrote to me from his prison cell in Fort Bonifacio in August 1973, when I was only 13 years old. Help me make known to the blogosphere the content of this letter, one of the compelling reasons why I am in the race.
Very truly yours,
BENIGNO “NOYNOY” AQUINO III
That letter can be downloaded here in PDF format.
Incidentally, I bumped into the staff of Sen. Mar Roxas last night with Gail & Marc and I was explaining to them the socio-political implications that is brought about by the growth of the blogosphere. I mentioned former Pres. Ramon Magsaysay who popularized the door-to-door campaign and how blogging will revive this thru the virtual handshake.