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Ang Ladlad party-list prefers a clean candidate in the person of Noynoy Aquino whom they have branded the “Mr. Clean in Philippine politics.”

Controversial party-list Ang Ladlad, an organization for LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals), has thrown its support behind Noynoy Aquino and Jejomar Binay in the coming May 2010 elections.

In a press conference yesterday, April 22, at Annabel's Restaurant in Quezon City, Danton Remoto, Ang Ladlad party-list chairperson, said the decision was made by the whole party. He termed their choices, "Noybi: The Heart of Noy, The Hands of Binay."

Remoto told the press that Ang Ladlad chose Sen. Noynoy Aquino for President because he shows the cleanest reputation among other candidates. "Doon na po kami sa reputasying malinis. Si Noynoy Aquino po ang 'Mr.Clean' of Philippine politics. Walang bahid, walang mantsa. Hindi mo na kailangang magkuskos at magkula pa.

"Sa palagay po nami'y hindi ipapahiya ni Noynoy ang mabuting pangalan ng kanyang mga magulang na sina Senador Ninoy at Pangulong Cory. At kung totoo pong politics of change ang hanap natin, aba'y doon na po tayo sa kandidatong walang maitim na ulap sa kanilang reputasyon."

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, on the other hand, was chosen for his achievements. "Masipag si Mayor Binay, magaling na executive, at may programang konkreto para sa mahihirap.... At ang sabi nga, sa kanila sa Makati, may eskuwelahan, may ospital, may health center, may trabaho—at hindi pa dinededma ang mga senior citizens. May pasine, may pakimkim at cake pa ang mga lolo at lola kapag birthday nila. O, saan ka pa lulugar?"

CAMPAIGN FUNDS. Remoto clarified that Aquino and Binay were chosen because they were the two candidates who readily helped Ang Ladlad with its own campaign.

"Kailangan lang naman namin po ng tulong sa logistics," Remoto said. "Dati po, nagro-RoRo [Roll-on/Roll-off Transportation System] po ang mga nominees namin papunta sa ibang probinsiya para mangampanya... Kawawang-kawawa ang mga bakla!"

Campaign funds given by Aquino and Binay, he added, were used for airplane fare, venue reservations, hotel accomodations, tarpaulins and posters, and other logistics needed by Ang Ladlad for its nationwide campaign.

"Mahal po kasi ang tarpaulin, 80 [pesos] isa. Dati kapag nagpapa-print kami, isandaan lang. Ngayon 1,000, kaya na."

Remoto said the party-list did not choose to endorse Sen. Mar Roxas, Noynoy Aquino's running mate, because he missed out on his promise to help them with their campaign funds.

"Hindi naman po niya kasalanan, nag-sorry na po yung staff niya kahapon. Nag-meeting na po kami noon ng staff niya, pero siguro sa dami ng ginagawa, nakalimutan nila kami," said Remoto.

But he's still friends with Roxas, he added. He also has other supporters from the political sector, and people from the entertainment industry. They include Albay Governor Joey Salceda, Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, beauty mogul Ricky Reyes, directors Joel Lamangan and Joey Reyes, and talk-show host Boy Abunda.

"Salamat sa suporta nila, nakakaya na namin ang nationwide campaign."

ANG LADLAD PLATFORM. Remoto said he believes Ang Ladlad can sneak in a Representative in Congress. Ang Ladlad has five nominees: Bemz Benedito, Germaine Leonin, Cris Lopera, Naomi Fontanos, and Dexter Macaldo.

"Naka-concentrate kami sa urban centers—Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao—kasi marami kaming makukuhang boto doon." Remoto said around 10 percent of the Philippine population, currently pegged at 92 million, are homosexual.

"Ano po ang plataporma ng Ang Ladlad? Pantay na karapatan para sa lahat," he said.

Their platform includes the filing of an Anti-Discrimination Bill, support for micro-finance and livelihood for their constituents, the institution of Golden Gays or a Home for the Aged system, more business opportunities for members of their community, and the removal of the Anti-Vagrancy Law, "na ginagamit ng ilang awtoridad para mangotong sa mga LGBT."

"At nariyan ang limang konkretong programa. Hindi tulad ng ibang mga fake na party-lists na magpa-file na sa Comelec, e wala pang plataporma at programa," Danton Remoto asserted.

(Source: PEP)

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