MANILA -- A new political party will be born in the run-up to the May 2010 elections.
The Bagumbayan Movement is set to be launched on Monday and intends to declare Senator Richard Gordon as its standard bearer.
?Yes, we expected that to happen,? the group's president, Leon Herrera, said when asked if the party would be the vehicle for Gordon's bid for higher office.
Herrera said the group had been happy with Gordon's performance in the offices he held.
?The movement is open to all. We will go through the process but we've been inspired all these years by Senator Richard Gordon,? he said at the Kapihan sa Sulo forum.
Bagumbayan is also open to forming a coalition with other political parties, he added. The group is undergoing the accreditation process at the Commission on Elections.
Gordon has voiced his intention to become the country's chief executive and even has a senatorial slate in mind.
Herrera said the group intended to change the country by first addressing poverty, which is the Philippines' biggest problem. Health care is another important concern of the group, he added.
The launch of the Bagumbayan party is to be held on Monday at the Rizal Park and at the Manila Hotel.
Herrera said around 1,500 delegates were expected to come. Bagumbayan has 30,000 to 40,000 listed members.
World flyweight champion Nonito Donaire, CNN hero Efren Penaflorida, Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda and free Internet-based text messaging pioneer Dennis Mendiola are expected to speak at the launch.
They were chosen for being ordinary people who went on to do extraordinary things.
?Nonito, Efren, Arnel and Dennis are ordinary people who made a difference in their lives and the lives of others. We have many of them in our midst, and we will surely see several of them as volunteers of a new Philippines, our Bagumbayan,? Herrera said in a statement.
The Bagumbayan Movement started as a volunteer group whose members served in the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), which Gordon chaired in the mid 1990s.