Fisherfolk laud Boy Abunda’s support for Liza Maza’s Senate bid

Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines—Members of the left-leaning Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) applauded Boy Abunda’s support to Liza Largoza-Maza as the Gabriela lawmaker, together with Bayan Muna Rep. Satur C. Ocampo, vies for Senate seats.

Mr. Boy Abunda (Photo courtesy of Pep)

Gerry Albert Corpuz, public information of Pamalakaya said Abunda’s endorsement of Maza will boost the latter’s candidacy.

“Boy Abunda is Boy Abunda. Boy is an influential person. His endorsement of Maza will be cherished by the marginalized fishermen who want the Gabriela representative and Ocampo of Bayan Muna to be elected as two of the senators of the Republic in 2010,” says Corpuz.

Maza is one of the senatorial candidates that Pamalakaya supports, Corpuz said.

The group which is spread in over 43 provinces nationwide and with more or less a 100,000-strong membership base will campaign actively for Maza and Ocampo when the official campaign trail hits the country by February 2010, the Pamalakaya information chief said.

Gabriela Rep. Liza Largoza-Maza (Photo courtesy by: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/images/4/43/Liza_Maza.jpg

Maza, meanwhile said in an interview that Abunda’s nod to appear in her political advertisement is no surprise for Abunda who is an avid supporter of women’s causes.

“He (Abunda) shares affinity with women’s rights. He knows that when we get representation in the Senate, lesbians and gays will be a step closer to their goal,” said Maza.

Maza further explained that women and lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) share a common cause, which is to seek a bigger voice in the country’s lawmaking bodies long dominated by males.

Maza added that just like women, lesbians and gays face abuse and discrimination in society.

Earlier, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) denied, for the second time, recognition for the LGBT political party Ang Ladlad, which headed by professor Danton Remoto.

“This is a clear violation of human rights, especially from marginalized sectors, to be involved in the political processes. It is reflective of the prevailing culture where homophobia and discrimination prevails,” she said.

After being shunned from having their own voice in Congress, Maza said Abunda offered to make a stronger pitch for her during the campaign for free. (Dateline Philippines)

See related story, “Popular talk show host endorses Gabriela’s senate bet” also in Dateline Philippines.