I’m campaigning to the people, not to other politicians — Manicad

May 05, 2019

BROADCAST journalist and senatorial candidate Jiggy Manicad yesterday reiterated that his campaign is directed towards the Filipino people and not to other politicians.

“For the longest time, many candidates for national positions have always put a premium on who can get which governor, mayor or party on their side. Dahil diyan, minsa’y ang layunin ng kanilang kampanya ay hindi na upang kumausap sa taumbayan kundi sabihin ang gusto marinig ng kanilang nililigawang mga pulitiko,” Manicad lamented.

“Hindi po ‘yan ang gusto kong gawin. Nilalapit ko po ang aking sarili hindi bilang lider na iniisip ang kanyang posisyon ngunit bilang lingkod at katulong para sa masa,” he said.

Manicad also stressed that his campaign slogan – “Hindi magnanakaw at hinding hindi magnanakaw “ -- will stay as it is no matter how other candidates may have perceived it to be.

“Kung may nasaktan man ako o may masasaktan sa slogan kong ito, I’m sorry, but this is really me and what I believe in,” Manicad said.

Manicad was reacting to news reports that he is being junked by fellow Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidate Bong Revilla given the fact that his campaign materials were not posted and distributed in a party rally in Cavite, the bailiwick of the Revillas.

The news report also said that Taguig-Pateros congressperson Pia Cayetano and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos’ campaign materials were also not distributed and posted in the rally site.

Manicad explained that he wants to make a difference in the political landscape where many leaders are perceived to be corrupt.

“Papasok ako sa larangan ng politika kung saan talamak ang kurapsyon, at ngayon pa lang sinasabi ko na, nangangako ako na hindi ako gagawa ng kalokohan sa gobyerno, sakaling palarin ako at iboto ninyo,” he said, adding:

“As a journalist for more than two decades, I’ve covered far too many stories of Filipinos suffering because of corruption. This is really one of the biggest problems we face today, and I intend to address it.”

To solve corruption, Manicad has advocated for a deeper inculcation of values such as honesty, transparency, and empathy in Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) classes in the national curriculum to “create a corruption-free Philippines from the ground up”.

“Kailangan ituro natin itong mga values na ito mula sa pagkabata. Maraming maitutulong sa laban kontra katiwalian ang bawat Pilipino sa kanilang pagsunod sa tamang proseso sa mga government offices, sa pagsumbong ng mga nakikita nilang lumalabag ng batas,” he explained.

“At syempre ngayong halalan, makakatulong talaga pag hindi natin binoboto ang mga kandidatong bumibili ng boto. Mas maging mapanuri rin po tayo sa pagpili ng mga opisyal na dawit na sa mga kaso ng korupsyon,” Manicad urged.