Puno for president movement launched
by LEI CHAVEZ, abs-cbnNEWS.com | 02/25/2009 10:28 PM
Supporters of Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno launched on Wednesday a movement to encourage him to run for office.
Organizers of the Movement for Electoral Non-trapo (MEN) said their goal is to prevent “trapos from perpetuating” themselves in Philippine politics, and urged Puno to run for president in 2010.
“We stand for a certain principle, and that is–we don’t want trapos to rule our nation,” former Justice Undersecretary Jose Calida said.
Unlike many movements that prefer to be non-partisan, MEN has rallied behind a potential candidate for the 2010 elections. It is also the only movement to support a “candidate” without his consent.
“We have not consulted him on this because we believe that we can launch this with or without anybody’s blessing. There is no need for us to ask his permission. We are a free country, anybody can speak up. So for us, we believe that he [Puno] is the best candidate, so why settle for second best?” Calida said.