Left’s lone bet for senator sees 9M votes from backers


SENATORIAL candidate Teddy Casiño answers questions in a visit to the Inquirer editorial office with his wife, Ruth. EDWIN BACASMAS

LUCENA CITY—The only candidate of the Left in the Senate race sees at least nine million votes going to him from a coalition of leftist groups that is now supporting his candidacy.

Teodoro “Teddy” Casiño, senatorial candidate of the leftist coalition Makabayan, estimated that the total votes that nine leftist party-list groups under Makabayan can generate would reach nine million.

“If all of that vote will be for me, that’s an easy nine million votes. I only need a few more votes to make it to the top 12,” said Casiño.

He said the lessons learned by the Left from the 1987 and 2010 senatorial elections are helping him now.

“There were lessons learned,” Casiño said at the start of his campaign sortie in Quezon province. “We will win this time,” he said.

He did not elaborate on the supposed “lessons of the past.”

In 1987, the Left fielded six senatorial candidates under the Partido ng Bayan. They all lost.

In 2010, former National Democratic Front negotiator and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela party-list stalwart Liza Maza also lost their bid for Senate seats.

Casiño said nationalist politicians, like Wigberto and Lorenzo Tañada, Claro M. Recto and Jose Diokno, serve as inspirations to candidates like him.

“Having progressive politicians in the Senate is nothing new,” Casiño said.

Political leaders in Quezon have declared support for Casiño.

House Minority leader Danilo Suarez, the head of the political opposition in the province, said Casiño’s name is in the opposition’s sample ballots.

“He (Casiño) deserves to be elected in the Senate,” said Suarez, a known ally of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Casiño said if elected he would push for the return of the multibillion coconut levy fund to farmers and oppose its use by government agencies.

In Catanauan town, Casiño was welcomed by Suarez’ wife, former Rep. Aleta Suarez (NUP), who is running as representative of the Bondoc Peninsula to replace her husband who is now on his last term.

Several Liberal Party local candidates also met with Casiño and declared their support for his senatorial candidacy.

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  • mabyrik

    9M votes of supporters for Casino? Incredible dream and a lot of bull!!!

    Casino may not even get 2-3 million votes. A 24th rating in the survey now is very modest estimate. He can go down to 30th slot if we factor in the latest atrocities of NPA’s in which Casino is a very active as supporter and participant.

    Casino and those communists who only said “sorry” without any remorse after killing innocent people and injuring an old, harmless lola but continue to extort, ambush and kill ordinary people whom they swore to protect are still in denial that their dream of taking over the government has long been gone, never to be resurrected.

    Casino or anyone from his group who are all criminals, will never win in a national election. For who will trust criminals who blame the government after their killing sprees rather than their comrades who did the atrocities, who would extort from anyone, destroy properties and instigate chaos and mayhem in seeking recognition? Renato Reyes, another NPA/killer, even justified the attack on lola and her bodyguards that it was a civil war and NPA can’t be faulted. If that is so, then the military should bring the chopped head of this criminal (reyes) in Payatas for fodder of vermin.

    Casino, Honasan and Jackie Enrile have one thing in common. They are all criminals and must be rejected by the voters.

    Casino, you lost even before you submitted your candidacy. You can’t fool the people. They are smarter now and no amount of threat and intimidation can vote for you. You’re good as dead!!! Casino, go and join Jackie and Honasan in the garbage.

    • http://twitter.com/_dandylionn Nica Castillo

      effort ka talaga kuya. salamat sa time mo. lol

  • kapirasongkurot

    I’ll vote for you sir Teddy Casino. Malaki po ang naitulong ninyo sa mga karaniwang tao, pati na sa mga small and medium enterprises. Hayaan niyo na po ang mga paninira ng mga ignorante at aroganteng kababayan at mga nakakariwasa sa buhay dahil di nila maintindihan ang pakiramdam ng may karamay ka na nagtatanggol ng mga karapatan at ikakabuti ng mga ordinaryong tao tulad namin. Buong pamilya namin para sayo! #6 para Senador!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ej.mijares.7 EJ Zamora Mijares

    Teddy casino will be a real representative of the masses when he wins. Will definitely vote for him. Sya ang nag-iisang boses ng karaniwang tao sa senado na puno ng mayayaman na mga landowners at business tycoons.

  • Emmanuel Bonn Taguba II

    Just typical pathetic red-baiting, no objective form of arguments by those people who hate Teddy.

  • likemike

    ok lang naman mangarap. kaso syempre kelangan nyang tanggapin pagkatapos na walang tiwala ang tao sa mga makakaliwa. lalo na at ang kaya lang gawin nga rebelde ay mang-extort sa mga businesses o kaya sunugin ang mga bus at telecom towers kapag di binigyan. salot lang ang npa sa lipunan. katulad lang sila ng mga corrupt politicians na dagdag pahirap lang sa bayan ang alam at parehong matamis ang dila kapag election

  • Sambelyrth11

    Sina Risa, Llamas, at Etta katulad din ni Renato Reyes na nagtatanga-tangahan. Mamundok na nga kayo di kayo bagay dito sa urban.

  • Josemakabayan

    In your dreams Mr. Casino!!!!! Condemn the atrocities made by the NPA and severe your ties with the CPP , then just maybe you will get 5M or lower.


    the tanada, recto and diokno were never never communists. they were against the marcos regime. now, pray tell, who are you against and who do you support? SEE? YOU PERFECTED THE ART OF DECEPTION.

  • Guest

    Dream on….

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