Senatorial candidate Lito Yap David on Catholic Vote, gun control, senate experience, and political dynasty

Lito Yap David in GMA News To Go In Depth dated Jan 23, 2013

Lito Yap David in GMA News To Go In Depth dated Jan 23, 2013

[I transcribed the interview of Lito David in GMA’s News To Go which was uploaded in You Tube January 23, 2013.  I directly translated to English while transcribing.  I hope this transcript would be useful to others who wish to know more about the Senatorial Candidate Lito David of Ang Kapatiran Party.]

1.  What for you is the biggest problem in our country?

Poverty which is the fruit of corruption is the biggest problem of our country.  Thus, we must strive to remove corruption so that we can give solution to the problem of poverty of our citizens.

2.  You were are representative or member of the Ang Kapatiran Party which has religious orientation.  I assume that you have been an anti-RH advocate?

That is true.

3.  Why? So you believe that there is a Catholic Vote? 

It was proven in 1995.  Senator Flavier should have been No.  1, but he ended up No. 5 in that election.  This 2010, the poster girl of the RH campaign and the poster boys of the RH campaign–those three lost: Risa Hontiveros, Nerio Acosta, and Ruffy Biazon.  Negative Catholic vote was silent before, and did not became noisy.  But it happened.

4. But we can say that there are Pro-RH also won and the RH itself won.

The pro RH’s win, Howie, in the previous months we cannot say was not an honest vote.  As far as we know, because we were there, many of them there were intimidated or bribed to vote in favor  of RH.

5.  So there was bribery?

Yes.  It was clear.  It was not denied by the palace, even if we said it many times in the TV and radio, that they were there to threaten the others that if they will not vote Pro, they better not come; otherwise their pork barrel will not be released.  That was the thing that happened before.

6.  Do you possess a gun?

Me, no.  Ever since I never had a gun.

7.  What is your view on gun ownership and proliferation of guns in the society?

It was due to our allowing this culture.  But the Filipino culture is peace-loving.  But we only allowed a few to own guns.  The stand of Ang Kapatiran Party is not to outlaw guns and gun ownership, but to regulate well the bringing of guns in public.  The permit to carry is what should be regulated–that is what we are pushing for.

8.  Why are you immediately running for the senate? You have no experience in elections.  You have not yet run before.

This is my second time.  In 2010 I also ran under the Ang Kapatiran Party as one of the senatorial candidates.  I was instructed by the party to run again.  If it is experience and competence in crafting of laws, I already have a long experience.  I spent 10 years working in the senate, there are many laws that I took part in crafting.  There  are also many laws that I primarily finished. But because I am only a staff, I could not own the writing of the law. We are the background workers that make these laws.

9.  So what are tyourhe priorities if you enter the senate?

We have many priorities: the prohibition of political dynasty, control of ownership and use of guns, the passage of freedom of information law, the prohibition of the pork barre–these are some of the items that we shall really push for.  For me, personally, I wish to focus on the creation of frameworks for the use of land and water resources.  Up to this time, before I left senate, I already finished that proposal.  It was already in the senate floor.  But the problem is some senators did not find it important.  But for me it is important because this will give us true progress in our country.

10.  You oppose political dynasty, but you have a member in Ang Kapatiran, one senatorial candidate, JC delos Reyes who is a member of the Gordon Political Family.  Would you oppose his running again if the Anti-Dynasty Law gets passed?

He is the one who said that if the Anti-Dynasty Law gets passed, he said he will not run if Senator Gordon is there.

11.  Ok. We have a Miss Universe portion on a lighter portion regarding the character and personality.  When was the last time you cried?

Just the other day.  When I looked back to the length of time for my fight for the betterment of our society, sometimes I feel tired.  I started at 17 years old.  Many times I was nearly killed.  Before I fought for an ideology for our citizens.  Now I am fighting for the Faith for our citizens.

12.   What is the trait that you don’t like with your self?

Sometimes, I do procrastinate.  I have a problem with that.  But I was able to work against it.

13.  Do you have something to change in your past, what is it?

There are many things that I wish to change, that is why I am here.  This is my way to pay my sins to my fellowmen and to God.

Thank you, Lito David of Ang Kapatiran Party.

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Marwil N. LLasos: Senatorial Candidate of Ang Kapatiran Party

Below is a biography of Ang Kapatiran Party Candidate for Senator:

MARWIL N. LLASOS

Atty. Bro. Marwil N. Llasos, O.P.

Atty. Bro. Marwil N. Llasos, O.P.

At 37, ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS is one of the youngest candidates for SENATOR in the May 13, 2013 elections. A true-blooded Bicolano, Atty. Llasos was born in 1975 in Daraga, Albay. His father, Wilson Llasos, a witness in the Agrava Fact Finding Board which investigated the Aquino-Galman double murder case in 1983, is from Daraga, Albay. His mother, Marichu Nacor, a former OFW, is from Barcelona, Sorsogon. Atty. Llasos grew up in Daraga, Albay but studied in Legazpi City from elementary to college. He now lives in Roxas District, Quezon City although he is a registered voter in Tagas, Daraga, Albay, his hometown. He is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Albay Chapter.

Atty. Marwil Llasos has impressive academic credentials. He had his early childhood education at Divine Word College of Legazpi where he graduated with honors in 1988. He went to Bicol University College of Education Laboratory High School for his secondary education. In high school, he distinguished himself in academic and extra-curricular activities. Among others, he was Vice President of the Student Catholic Action, President of the Monitors’ Club and President of the English-Dramatics Club. He was also the Literary Editor of the school paper The Mayon. It was in high school when he first ventured in campus politics – winning hands down as Public Information Officer of the Homeroom Coordinating Council. He was Class Peer Facilitator Awardee when he graduated in 1992.

Atty. Marwil Llasos holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, from Bicol University College of Arts and Sciences in Legazpi City. He graduated at the top of his class being the sole cum laude graduate in Political Science and the lone male honor graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1996. He was the recipient of the following awards: Most Outstanding Political Science Student, Outstanding Student of Bicol University and Outstanding in Service. He likewise received a citation as regional debate winner and national debater of Bicol University. Moreover, the Commission on Higher Education, RFM Foundation and Rotary Club International awarded him as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines-Region V in 1996. If elected to the Philippine Senate, Atty. Marwil Llasos will be the first alumnus of Bicol University to be a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.

As campus journalist, Atty. Marwil Llasos was Assistant Section Editor of The CASette and became News Editor of Bicol Universitarian after topping the editorial examination for the school paper. Atty. Llasos was also actively involved in campus politics. He was elected as Public Information Officer of the College Student Council, Majority Floorleader and Chairman of the 5th (1995) and 6th (1996) Bicol University Congress of Student Leaders, respectively.

At a very young age of 18, Atty. Marwil Llasos served as youth ambassador of goodwill to the ASEAN countries and Japan when he was chosen as one of the country’s delegates to the 21st Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) in 1994 representing the Bicol Region.
In 1998, Atty. Marwil Llasos passed the Law Aptitude Examination of the University of the Philippines College of Law. He graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (Juris Doctor) in 2003. He passed the 2004 Bar Examination (first take) with 82.30% rating. In the UP College of Law, Atty. Marwil Llasos was a Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro Scholar, Hisatoshi Ito (Japan) Scholar, Owen L. White (Australia) Scholar, and UP Law Batch 1971 Scholar. He was a recipient of Students with Outstanding Academic Performance Award and a member of the prestigious Order of the Purple Feather honor society.

Atty. Marwil N. Llasos completed the academic requirements for Master of Arts in Public Administration, with very high scholastic rating of 1.2. in Bicol University Graduate School in 1998. He also completed the academic requirements for Master of Laws at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 2010 as Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez Scholar. In 2005, Atty. Llasos studied for his Post-Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Law as Fellow of the International Committee of the Red Cross at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad, India.

Profession

Atty. Marwil Llasos is an educator by heart. While still in Legazpi City, he worked as a Social Science Instructor, Head of the Social Science Department, and Coordinator for Research, Extension and Development Services of Computer Arts and Technological College in Old Albay District, Legazpi City from 1996-1998. At present, Atty. Llasos teaches Economics, Philippine Government and Constitution, Law on Obligations and Contracts, Negotiable Instruments Law, Labor and Social Legislation and Income Taxation at Siena College Quezon City and Siena College of San Jose in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

Atty. Marwil Llasos has wide exposure in various areas of the law. He was a working student while studying law at UP. At that time, he was a University Research Associate and University Researcher in the Institute of Human Rights and Institute of International Legal Studies, respectively, of the UP Law Center.

After graduation from the UP College of Law, Atty. Llasos had experience in these areas of law:

(1) Legal Education –Atty. Marwil Llasos served as Law Education Specialist in the Institute of International Legal Studies of the UP Law Center in 2005. He also served as Lecturer in The Manila Times Institute for Paralegal Studies from 2006-2009. From 2009-2010, Atty. Llasos was a Professorial Lecturer teaching Statutory Construction at the School of Law and Jurisprudence of Centro Escolar University in Makati City.

(2) Corporate Law – Atty. Marwil Llasos worked as assistant corporate counsel of International Thunderbird Gaming Corporation (a multinational corporation) and Eastbay Resorts, Inc. in 2006.

(3) Litigation – Atty. Marwil Llasos was actively involved in litigation and appellate practice as Partner of the law firm of Dasal Laurel Llasos and Associates from 2006-2010.

(4) Development and Alternative Law – Atty. Marwil Llasos is presently engaged in development and alternative lawyering as Senior Lawyer of the Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS), Inc., a non-government organization (NGO) providing services to farmers and migrant workers, among others. IDEALS, Inc. also does work in environmental protection, international trade, and social enterprise development. As part of his advocacy, Atty. Llasos extends his services to the Philippine Deaf Resources Center.

Atty. Marwil Llasos served as Executive Assistant and Legal Consultant in the Department of Agrarian Reform from 2000-2002. He appeared as a Resource Person in the House of Representatives Committee on Agrarian Reform. Atty. Llasos also served as Secretary to the Sub-Committee on the Rules on Criminal Procedure of the Supreme Court.

Since the Senate has threefold functions – legislation, investigation, and education – Atty. Marwil Llasos is professionally and eminently qualified to be Senator of the Republic of the Philippines:

(1) Legislation – Atty. Llasos drafted bills for the Philippine Congress as Legal Education Specialist of the UP Law Center, the successor of the Philippine Code Commission. He served as a Resource Person of the House of Representatives Committee on Agrarian Reform;

(2) Investigation – Atty. Llasos was among the “formidable array of leading academics … who gave their expert opinion”1 on the anomalous, graft-ridden, and unfinished Northrail project at the Philippine Senate in 2005. In 2006, he was appointed Legal Officer of the Rapu-Rapu Fact Finding Commission that investigated the Lafayette mining incident in Rapu-Rapu Island in Albay.

(3) Education – As already stated, Atty. Llasos is an educator at heart. He was a Legal Education Specialist of UP Law Center and professor of law at CEU School of Law and Jurisprudence. Since 2004, he serves as Lecturer in the Seminar on Laws and Jurisprudence for the Philippine National Police, Popularizing the Law (POPLAW) Program, and Barangay Legal Education Seminar of the UP Law Center. As Lecturer in these seminars, Atty. Llasos has been all over the country – Ilocos Norte, La Union, Cagayan, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Laguna, Cavite, Palawan, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, South Cotabato and Saranggani.

Finally, Atty. Llasos authored and published several legal articles and studies.

Public Service

As youth leader and community worker, Atty. Marwil Llasos served as SK Councilor, SK Chairman and ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Barangay of Bgy. Tagas, Daraga, Albay. In 1996, he was elected as the first President of the Social Service Club of ABS-CBN Foundation in Legazpi City.

While in law school, Atty. Llasos continued his public service as Legal Assistance Coordinator and Paralegal Officer in the Assistance Center for Victims (ACV) of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Manila IV Chapter, Paralegal Volunteer of the Child Justice League, Inc. and a volunteer in Bantay Katarungan.

Atty. Marwil Llasos served as Resource Person and later on as Host of Batas Barangay in DZRH.

Apostolate

Although a lawyer by profession, Atty. Marwil Llasos is a consecrated secular Dominican by vocation. In Catholic circles, Atty. Llasos is known as “Bro. Mars” as a commissioned lay preacher, catechist and apologist. He is a Resource Person on Mariology and Catholic Biblical Apologetics in Defensores Fidei Foundation and legal adviser of Catholic Faith Defenders-Davao. Atty. Llasos serves as Formator and Council Member of the Company of St. Dominic of the Archdiocese of Manila, a Dominican secular institute of consecrated life. Atty. Llasos is actively involved in catechesis in urban poor communities as well as in the prison ministry.

A netizen, Atty. Llasos is a blogger2 and a regular Facebook3 and Twitter4 user.