John Carlos “JC” G. de los Reyes: Senatorial candidate of Ang Kapatiran Party

John Carlos “JC” G. de los Reyes: Senatorial candidate of Ang Kapatiran Party

John Carlos “JC” G. de los Reyes: Senatorial candidate of Ang Kapatiran Party

Born February 14, 1970, married to Dunia Valenzuela with four children, Gabriel 14, Santiago 12,Barbara, 10 and Juliana 1.

JC as he is known is owner/proprietor of Legobrick Systems and Designs (www.facebook.com/legobrickphilippines), managing director of Barbara’s Foods, Inc.  and sole proprietor of RJ Marine Allied and General Services, a company engaged in shipping services. He is at present, president of Ang Kapatiran Party, national political party, and President of the Intramuros Tourism Council.

He studied in Ateneo de Manila for his elementary education, and graduated in De la Salle for high school. He finished his B.A. in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. In 1999 he finished his post-graduate studies in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines and has a law degree from Saint Louis University, Baguio City.

In 1993 he taught Philosophy in the then Center for Research and Communication, now the University of Asia and the Pacific, and was under the tutelage of Fr. Joseph de Torre, a Spanish priest of the Holy Cross who wrote extensively on the social teachings of the Church. This training led him to work with Fr. Joe Dizon, being lead animator of Solidarity Philippines, a movement to pro-actively advance the Social Teachings of the Church. In 1995, he ran and was elected City Councilor of Olongapo. During his term, he focused on the poor, the youth and cooperatives.

In 1996, JC met Nandy Pacheco in the National Renewal Movement. JC a new politician at age 25 was disappointed with the political party he joined as there was no emphasis on platform and principles. He was then a member of the Nacionalista Party in name but not in heart.

During this time President Ramos’ men were ramming down charter change as his term was to end in 1998. De Venecia’s Rainbow Coalition was the source of patronage and power. Also, that same time was wrought by fear and uncertainty for an Estrada presidency. This was the backdrop under which the National Renewal Movement was organizing.

In 1998, JC did not run for re-election out of disgust for patronage/trapo politics and campaigned for Santi Dumlao and Nandy Pacheco of National Renewal’s Bago Party. Unfortunately, they lost but the fire and zeal obviously did not end there. It was after this, and after intense prayer and discernment that it was a genuine accountable and responsible political party that was seen as the missing link for real reforms in Philippine Politics.

In late 2003, Norman Cabrera for Central Luzon, JC de los Reyes for Northern Luzon and Fr. Leonardo Polinar for the Visayas and Mindanao gathered the needed signatures for the accreditation of Alliance for the Common Good or Ang Kapatiran Party. It was finally accredited by COMELEC on 8 May 2004 or 2 days before the 10 May 2004 elections.

After a decade absent from local politics, JC ran under Kapatiran party in the 2007 elections and, among the party’s 30 local and national candidates, he was Kapatiran’s lone winner.

He campaigned against illegal drugs, rampant violations of worker’s rights at Hanjin and was outspoken against illegal fish cages in Olongapo. More recently, he also led protests against the proposed coal power plant and criticized government’s plan to open more casinos in Subic. He filed numerous cases before the Ombudsman against high ranking government officials where he himself was complainant.

In the 2010 national elections, he was the youngest presidential candidate who led the charge for new politics, together with a vice-president, 8 senatorial and 50 local candidates. Though they lost the election, they won the awareness of the people on issues such as the RH bill, the political dynasties issue, the FOI and the need for platform and principles based politics.

(Note: Thanks to Norman Cabrera of Ang Kapatiran Party for sharing to me this article.)

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Atty. Jo Imbong for Senator: Pro-family, pro bono, pro-Ateneo

NAME: Atty. Jo Imbong

POLITICAL PARTY: Ang Kapatiran

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

  • Born in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon of Ilocano parents.
  • Married to lawyer, Manuel B. Imbong. They have eight children.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • University Counsel and a Lecturer of the University of Asia andthe Pacific.
  • Faculty Member of the Ateneo de Manila University and the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism.
  • Head ofthe Legal Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
  • Consultant to the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, and the Office on Women
  • Trustee of the Alliance Against Pornography
  • Executive Director of the Family Media Advocacy Foundation
  • Writer for the CBCP Monitor
  • Member of the International Bar Association Media Law Committee.

For her pro bono work in the Family Rights advocacy, Atty. Jo as she is fondly called, is a recipient of the Fr. Paul B. Marx Pro-Life Award from Human life International, and the Blessed Pedro Calungsod Pro-Life Award from His Eminence, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.

In 2001, she founded Abay Pamilya Foundation, an association of parents and families working for women’s and family rights. In the women’s rights circuit, she is currently Vice- Chair of Professional & Cultural Development for Women Foundation, a private voluntary organization engaged in the training and formation of working women and homemakers.

Today, her passion for pro bono work has inspired her to enter new corridors of advocacy—the Philippine Senate. She believes that the totality and awesome powers of the State are there simply to serve life, family, motherhood, children, progeny, and the common good—“not the other way around.”

Source: Ang Kapatiran Party