Kudos as well goes to Philippine News Publisher Francis Espiritu who has boldly taken the helm of the Coalition hopes to restart the Filipino empowerment campaign, with the unflagging and continuing logistical and financial support of businessman/philanthropist Rene Medina of the Lucky Group of companies
I worked for a long time alongside the late TitaAlice (as Ms. Alice Bulos was fondly called by everyone), who counted on Medina whose support remains unmatched by anyone in the Filipino community. I saw firsthand how Medina provided funds for our attendance fees, airplane tickets, accommodations, meals. With the reinvigorated leadership and the community’s support under Espiritu and, with the continued support of Medina, we can hope for more Filipinos to be elected to local, state or even national positions. Medina believes strongly that every qualified Filipino who runs for public office deserves a full and strong suppoetfrom the community.
There is absolutely no doubt of the need for Filipinos to be empowered in the face of the economic and social disparity in the United States. We need to harness the community to fend off the continued attacks against social programs, education, medicare, Medicaid and affordable care, among others. Daly City with its large Filipino community has shown the way by electing no less than four out of five members to the city council now headed by a Filipino Jocelyn Manalo. Milpitas has had a multi-term mayor and, Filipino Joanne del Rosario has earned the respect of voters of Filipino and other national origins by voting her several times as town mayor of Colma, California.
But more needs to be done. Filipinos should register and vote. We need to empower our community in all aspects of American life, economically, socially.And, we can realistically elect more to state elected offices such as the likes of Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Oakland.
With the reinvigorated leadership and the community’s support under Espiritu and, with the continued support of Medina, we can hope for more Filipinos to be elected to local, state or even national positions.
Bay Area Democratic Club