The original officers and members of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) surfaced Wednesday In Iligan City to throw its full support behind Aksyon Demokratiko presidential candidate Isko Moreno Domagoso.
PFP chairman Abubakar Mangelen, who is also a commissioner at the National Commission on Muslim Affairs, affirmed the PFP’s endorsement by reading out the resolution of the party formally endorsing Mayor Isko during his campaign rally in Iligan City, with other officers and members of PFP seated at the stage behind him.
The PFP’s endorsement of Moreno could imperil the candidacy of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who is the “alleged” chairman and standard bearer of the party. Mangelen has already filed with the Commission on Elections a cancellation of Marcos Jr.’s certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) issued supposedly by some usurpers in the PFP.
Partido Federal ng Pilipinas was founded in October 5, 2018 by former Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones and other members of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Council (MRRD-NECC), a big volunteer group that propelled Duterte to the presidency in 2016.
Castriciones, who is also the president of MRRD-NECC and is now a guest senatorial candidate of Aksyon, affirmed Mangelen’s position in the party, which he said was “usurped” by Marcos Jr. for his political ambition.
“Alam ninyo ang partido ni Bongbong Marcos na PFP, ang dapat chairman niyan ay si chairman general Mangelen. Kaso, ninakaw nila,” said Castriciones in the same rally.
Marcos Jr. took his oath as the party’s chairman only the day before he filed his candidacy for president in October last year, and became the party’s supposed standard bearer.
The endorsement of the “original” officers and members of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas is a big boost to Moreno’s campaign as the party is aligned with President Duterte.
In endorsing Moreno, Mangelen said that among the presidential candidate, it was only Moreno who had shown sincere appreciation to the problems of the Bangsamoro people and the whole of Mindanao.
“Wala kaming napili kundi ang ating butihing kaibigan na si Mayor Isko Moreno. Bakit? Dahil si Mayor Isko Moreno pa lang ang nagkilala sa Moro heritage at pati ‘yung mga problema ng mga Mindanaoan,” said Mangelen to loud cheers from more than a thousand people.
Mangelen also praised Moreno for being the only Manila mayor to build an Islamic cemetery in Manila, a concrete proof of his sincere concern for Filipino Muslims.
“Siya lang yung mayor sa tagal ng panahon sa Manila, na nagpalit-palit ng mayor sa Manila, siya lang ‘yung mayor na nagbigay ng lupa para po sa sementeryo ng Muslim. Palakpakan natin si Mayor Isko Moreno!” said Mangelen.
The PFP also noted that Moreno’s position “is most aligned and attuned to the needs of the Filipino people, especially those on marginalized status of living.”
“He is the candidate whose vision of governance fit to the core values and key thrust agenda of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas on anti-corruption anti-illegal drugs, anti-criminality and anti-poverty,” the PFP resolution said.
The PFP resolution, copies of which were distributed in the Iligan City campaign rally, follows MRRD-NECC’s endorsement for Mayor Isko last February, when Castriciones and other officers and members of the group signed a Manifesto of Support for the Aksyon Demokratiko presidential candidate.
Castriciones stressed that Moreno is the most qualified among the presidential candidates, having possessed all the qualities and abilities to be next president of the Republic of the Philippines.
Furthermore, Castriciones said that of all the presidential candidates, only Moreno truly understands the lives of the poor, and they believed that he will look after their interests once elected president.
“Nakita rin po natin kung paano niya binago ang Manila. Kaya naniniwala po tayo dahil ang Manila ay ang premier city ng ating bansa, kung ano ang magagawa niya sa Manila, magagawa niya rin sa buong Pilipinas,” the former Duterte cabinet member said.
“Sa unang pagkakataon, magkakaroon tayo ng pangulo na galing sa mahirap, at naiintindihan kung paano ang maging mahirap,” Castriciones said.
Moreno has vowed that if elected, he will pursue a “Life and Livelihood” economic policy that aims to address poverty, hunger, unemployment, inequality and social injustice through an inclusive and equitable infrastructure development program as spelled out under his 10-point Bilis Kilos Economic Agenda.
To achieve this, he will continue the Build, Build, Build program of President Rodrigo Duterte, with focus on building facilities that will provide the minimum basic needs of the people –housing, education and healthcare – to create more jobs and livelihood opportunities.
Additionally, Moreno’s accelerated infrastructure will prioritize equitable growth, thus infusing more infrastructure development in areas or provinces with low human development index (HDI), particularly in Mindanao and the Visayas, to bring about a more inclusive economic growth. #