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SENATORIAL CANDIDATE DAN ROLEDA WOOS FELLOW “WARAYs;” URGE THEM NOT TO VOTE FOR “BARABBAS”


Story By ELEEN S. LIM
Photos by Eleen Lim & Calbayog Journal
SENATORIAL CANDIDATE DAN ROLEDA WOOS FELLOW “WARAYs;” URGE THEM NOT TO VOTE FOR “BARABBAS”
Atty. Danilo Roleda answers questions during the press conference in Calbayog City on February 26, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY - Better livelihood opportunities, decent housing, better health services, stronger foundation for basic education and food distribution and access to farm produce and market are the five (5) basic programs that Senatorial Candidate, Atty. Danilo "Dan" Roleda wants to act on once elected to the Senate.

"Kaibigan Dan" to many, Atty. Roleda is a Calbayognon, who in a press conference held in the city on February 26, 2019, outlined his 5 programs that primarily seek to improve the lives of every Filipino family:

1. A bill which would simplify the process in accessing livelihood programs, particularly by cooperatives in the marginalized sectors,

2. Decent housing programs by expanding the programs of the government thru National Housing Authority to the local government level,

3. Better Health Services by reviving the medical internship program for doctors, nurses and midwives to serve in rural areas, and for Barangay Health Workers to check and monitor regularly the health status of the people in the barangay,

4. Stronger basic education foundation by integrating the Day Care Center Program into the Department of Education (DepEd), and ;

5. Better distribution and access to food and farm programs by ensuring that farm produce could easily reach the consumers by doing away with middle men, more farm-to-market roads and a ready market for the produce.
SENATORIAL CANDIDATE DAN ROLEDA WOOS FELLOW “WARAYs;” URGE THEM NOT TO VOTE FOR “BARABBAS”
Atty. Danilo "Dan" Roleda roams around Calbayog City during the motorcade on February 26, 2019.
Roleda also stressed the importance of having a senator who will represent Region 8 (Samar, Leyte and Biliran) after 65 years. Although the region has already produced 3 senators- Francisco Enage of Tacloban in 1929, Jose Avelino and Decoroso Rosales, both Calbayognons in 1951 and 1955 respectively, it is now high time for the people of Eastern Visayas to have another senator and Roleda assures the people of his service once given the trust to sit in the senate.

Among the senatorial aspirants, Roleda says he holds the record for longest years in government service at 28. A valedictorian and magna cum laude graduate of University of Sto. Tomas, Roleda is also a Bar topnotcher. He was elected as Manila City Councilor in 1992, and in 1995, he became the president of the Philippine Councilors’ League, and the National Movement of Young Legislators. He later served in the House of Representatives representing the Alab Partylist.

“Stop voting for Barabbas,” Roleda also pleads to the voters.

According to biblical accounts, Barabbas was a “notorious prisoner” whom the crowd chose over Jesus of Nazareth to be released from Roman Custody, and the latter to be crucified. This, says Roleda, was the first election, where Jesus of Nazareth, whose good deeds and miracles performed were all hailed by those who witnessed it, but the crowd still “voted” and chose Barabbas who has “backers” from the higher echelons of power.
SENATORIAL CANDIDATE DAN ROLEDA WOOS FELLOW “WARAYs;” URGE THEM NOT TO VOTE FOR “BARABBAS”
Atty. Dan Roleda is seen in a huddle with one of his organizers/leaders in Calbayog City during his visit.
Roleda said,”kadamo san iya (Jesus) ginbuhat nga mag upay, pero san gin dakup na siya, san gin presenter na sira ni Barabbas sa atubangan san mga tawo, tungod san kakusog san san mga backer ni Barabbas, Cyphas, mga dagku nga padi, hari, Pontious Pilate, tapos mga dagko nga pagkatawo nga gin guguli-at an ngaran ni Barabbas. (Jesus did a lot of good deeds but when he was arrested and presented to the people and because Barabbas was backed up by powerful people such as Cyphas, big names in the priesthood, kings, and Pontius Pilate, the people chose to save Barabbas.)

Further, Roleda said that "nalisang an mga tawo. Uy, sikat si Barabbas! Nahingalimtan si Jesus Christ, porke kadamo san pakulo, kakusog san aringasa ngan guliat para kan Barabbas, nahingalimtan na an mag-upay nga binuhatan ni Jesus Christ, gin botosan nira si Barabbas tungod san kadako san aringasa ngan impluensiya san mga dagko nga pagkatawo sadto nga panahon." (The people were confused. Barabbas became popular and the people forgot about Jesus Christ. The lot of propaganda created a loud noise making people shout in favor of Barabbas - already forgetting the good deeds of Jesus Christ.)

More than 2 thousand years after, we are still voting for Barabbas. Hindi na tayo nag bago, hindi na tayo natuto. “
SENATORIAL CANDIDATE DAN ROLEDA WOOS FELLOW “WARAYs;” URGE THEM NOT TO VOTE FOR “BARABBAS”
At Calbayog City Airport during his arrival, Atty. Dan Roleda poses with the engineering scholars who gave him a warm welcome.
Though appreciative of the younger Duterte’s endorsement, Roleda says that he remains with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), together with Senator Nancy Binay, and chose to participate in debates and interviews and presenting to people directly his stand on various issues.

In times when he and the other candidates have a chance to be together on stage during campaign sorties, Roleda says that he always asks to be the last speaker, because once he speaks ahead of the rest and tells the story about Jesus and Barabbas, some candidates get offended by him.

Roleda also asked the media and the academe to help educate the voters, focusing not just on the candidates’ platform but more on the values, the integrity, and credibility of the candidates. “I believe with values, comes change. When there is change, good public servants will serve. If there are good public servants, automatic na an good programs.”(CJ/ESL)

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