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    DPP, ‘best alternative to dominant political coalitions’, holds mass induction of members


    Democratic Party of the Philippines (DPP), ‘best alternative to dominant political coalitions’, holds mass induction of members


    By: Valentino B. Trinidad
    Makati City, Philippines
    DPP Digital Volunteer


    MAKATI CITY -- The latest mass oath-taking of new members of the newly-formed and Comelec-accredited Democratic Party of the Philippines (DPP) was held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City, January 26, 2013


    Mr. Luis G. Ramos, Democratic Party of the Philippines (DPP) national chairman,inducted the new members.He is a surviving brother of the party’s founder, the former Catholic priest-turned political technician-speechwriter to U.S. political figures,the late


    Fr. Ernie G. Ramos considered as “the most influential Filipino in American government and politics.”  Father Ernie vigorously campaigned for then U.S. presidential aspirant Barack Obama especially in the Philippine communities during the 2008 elections.


    In brief remarks during the ceremonies, party chairman Mr. Luis G. Ramos described DPP as “the best alternative to the two existing dominant political coalitions,” which he noted, are “comprised mostly of traditional politicians and vested interests that are not sincerely concerned with the amelioration of the plight of the Filipino masses.”


    DPP, he said, “provides a new dimension to the country’s political landscape” and is “a strong force to reckon with.”


    Ramos also said that the party has ongoing activities designed to uplift impoverished citizens, including a livelihood program and a housing village project that are already in place.


    The Democratic Party of the Philippines (DPP) has introduced the concept of digital on-line registration via its website www.dpp.org.ph. At the very start, within only the first two weeks, the party had initially gained 85,000 members thru its social media networking. It is the only political party that actively recruits members andconducts orientations and other related seminars.


    Advocating empowerment of the poorest of the poor, aside from pursuing its vision of providing livelihood and shelter to the poor masses of Filipinos, DPP focuses basically to the grassroots and other marginalized sectors.


    Baldomero “Bal” Falcone, DPP national president and one of the party’s three senatorial bets, was another main speaker who assisted Mr. Ramos in the event. The two other Senate aspirants of DPP are ex-Rep. Christian Seneres and ex-Councilor (Manila) Greco Belgica.


    Falcone explained that the party’s mission is to serve as the people’s voice as it aims to stand up against poverty, corruption and injustice. “It will harness the power of Filipino voters into one single unified force to bring about change and transformation,” he said.


    Moreover, it envisions to rid Philippine society of corrupt bureaucracy and dirty politics – for the creation of a new generation of leaders whose main goal is to inculcate true love for the country, thereby transforming it “from the sick man of Asia,” into a global power that is revered and respected by all nations.


    A summa cum laude graduate of the liberal arts course, Falcone has also an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.B.M. He is currently working for his Ph.D. at the University of the Philippines.


    Among the party’s advocacies are:


    • Helping the poorest of the poor in creating situations where they are provided decent housing and jobs.


    • Availability of capital and credit to every productive Filipino family in the countryside.


    • Minimization of graft/ corruption;prosecution of grafters, and recovery of stolen wealth.


    • Government financing of elections to give equal chance to rich and poor (candidates).#

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