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Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Hard Path to Campaign for Reform and Nick Perlas on Asian Journal

Ngayong araw na ito nakatanggap ako ng e-mail mula sa 2010 Presidentiables Blog. Ang sabi nila bawasan ko raw ang pagpost ko ng tungkol kay Nick Perlas dahil wala raw news value ang nilalagay ko. Wala rin daw silbi ang mga testimonial na ipinopost ko dahil wala raw gustong magbasa ng testimonial ng isang karaniwang tao at hindi kilala.

Sabagay may point siya. Tapos naisip ko kaya siguro hirapan tayo sa pagbabago kasi tayo rin ang pumipigil dito. Naalala ko rin ang sabi ni Ninoy na naiinis daw siya sa mga Filipino kasi sa loob ng 7 taon pananatili sa Amerika ay hindi ito kumilos at bagkus ay nanahimik. Alam ko na mahirap ang magsulat at lalong mahirap baguhin ang pananaw ng mamayan pero sa kalooban alam ko na ang pagasa ay nariyan at kailangang malaman ng lahat.

Bukod diyan nais ko ring ibahagi ang isang lathalain na nalabas sa Asian Journal tungkol kay Nick Perlas: NICANOR PERLAS: Civic causes advocate turns presidentiable.

Sa artikulong ito na nasa ibaba makikita na natin kung bakit ganun na lamang ang aking pagnanais at paghahangad na maiparating sa lahat kung bakit dapat suportahan si Nick Perlas.

Nagsusumidhi ang aking damdamin na sa wakas ay mabago ang bulok na sistema ng ating lipunan at masimulan ng isang Pangulong marangal na hindi lamang mamumuno sa ating lahat... hindi lamang magdidikta... kundi higit sa lahat ay makikinig.

Laitin man ako at kutyain dahil hindi nila kilala ang sinusuportahan ko naniniwala ako na panahon na upang iboto ang isang tao na tunay na naglingkod at tunay na maglilingkod hindi para sa kanyang sarili kundi para sa bawat Filipino.

Narito po ang artikulo mula sa Asian Journal...

NICANOR PERLAS: Civic causes advocate turns presidentiable
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 00:59 Marie Angeli Syjueco / AJPress Manila


MANILA – People thought all swans are white, and then they discovered a black swan. Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote in his book, The Black Swan, that the hard-to-predict and rare events beyond the realm of expectations are the ones that make a high impact in the society and mark history. It is in Taleb’s words that environmental advocate Nicanor Perlas found inspiration to set fort on another journey in a fight for good governance.

At a recent lunch at his residence, Nick shared with us his vision for the country. He wore a simple polo and slacks that made him look like an ordinary man. But, indeed, he is far from being ordinary. This Alternative Nobel Prize Winner had done big steps to contribute to the society. And at the age of 59, the flame of his youthful idealism is still burning.

Nick declared his intentions to run for the presidential elections on 2010. "There are a lot of people who are longing for a real choice and for something different," he said. And with a new party list, Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan (PANGMASA), he presents a new agenda of eradication of poverty and corruption. "Poverty is not just an economic problem. It is a systemic problem," he added.

With the clear vision to wake up the people, Nick is trying to embody transformation. He knew that once the people learn the vision by heart, they would start doing something. "This is not about my campaign, this is about our situation and what we really believe in as a nation," he said.

It is from the sentiments of the Filipino people that Nick found what this battle is all about. "And this not only a change for me, but a change for all of us," he said.

He told us a story about a group which is called Bisyon Cafe. It is a very informal gathering where young people sit on the floor. A question is asked and discussed. And at the end, a vision for the country is concluded. "The youth today is looking for the change not only in the Philippines but also globally," Nick said. And he wants to encourage this idealism as he, himself, portrays it. Perhaps change is too big to envision. "It’s too much to change the system immediately," Nick said. And he knew that the first step is to set the difference between a good government and a good governance.

There is a need for a reform from within, a need to strengthen the civil society and encourage responsible citizenship and accountability. "I have done enough outside the country. Now, I want to help my country," Nick said. And laughing, he added, "I returned my green card."

This man known also known as the father of organic farming walks his talk even shared his diet with us. "I laughed when I knew Obama’s diet is fish and vegetables. That’s exactly what my diet is. I drink banana shake and zero fat yogurt."

The journey has just started but Nick is not faced with fear. "Most key historical events are what people thought to be impossible. That’s why I’m not scared of all the obstacles," he said. "Traditional politics is the white swan and now the black swan will appear." n

( www.asianjournal.com )

( Published on August 19, 2009 in Asian Journal Los Angeles p. A1 )


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