Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: JC de los Reyes

Full Name: John Carlos  G. de los Reyes
Born: February 14, 1970
Religion: Roman Catholic

Current Position: Councilor of Olongapo City, Philippines

Political Party: Ang Kapatiran Party
Running Mate: Dominador Chipeco
Senators:

  • Rozalito David
  • Jo Aurea Imbong
  • Zosimo Paredes
  • Adrian Sison
  • Reginald Tamayo
  • Hector Tarrazona
  • Manuel Valdehueza Jr.

Brief History

De los Reyes studied in Ateneo de Manila for his elementary education, and graduated in De la Salle for his secondary education. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is considered as one of the most orthodox Catholic Universities in the United States.

In late 1993 he taught Philosophy in the Center for Research and Communication, now known as the University of Asia and the Pacific. During that time, he was under the tutelage of Father Joseph de Torre, a Spanish priest of the Holy Cross who wrote extensively on the social teachings of the Church.

Life in Politics

In 1995, he was elected as the city councilor of Olongapo City. During his term, he focused on the poor, the youth and cooperatives.

In the 2007 elections, among 27 local and national candidates, he was the lone winner of the Ang Kapatiran Party, placing second among ten slots for the Olongapo City Council. This was achieved despite a decade absent from local politics.

His free legal assistance program under an informal project named JUSTICE CRUSADE has been widely successful among his constituents. He is presently prioritizing the institutionalization of the Barangay Human Rights Action Centers, the office mandated by law for the protection and prevention of human rights violations in the barangay.

As councilor, de los Reyes has spoken out and campaigned against illegal drugs, rampant violations of worker’s rights at Hanjin, Subic Bay and has campaigned against illegal fish cages in the area. He has also led protests against the proposed coal power plant and has been outspoken in criticizing government’s plan to open more casinos in Subic.

The boldest statement he has made for good governance is the filing of numerous cases before the Ombudsman against high ranking government officials where he himself is complainant. This is in line with his political policy of alleviating the people’s suffering by addressing the problem of expensive and increasing costs of basic needs like water, electricity, medicines, health care, etc., and insuring that these basic services are kept free and far from graft and corruption.

Politics

His passion and vision is to unceasingly work to fight and defeat massive, enslaving poverty, a mission to be accomplished not only in Olongapo but in the whole country.

Platform

The boldest statement he has made for good governance is the filing of numerous cases before the Ombudsman against high ranking government officials where he himself is complainant. This is in line with his political policy of alleviating the people’s suffering by addressing the problem of expensive and increasing costs of basic needs like water, electricity, medicines, health care, etc., and insuring that these basic services are kept free and far from graft and corruption.

My 2cents on JC

From City Councilor of Olongapo City to President of the Republic of the Philippines is quite a giant leap. It’s not that I don’t believe it can’t be done, it’s just that, besides being the youngest presidential candidate, he is the one, I believe, with the least exposure among all of them eight presidential candidates. I’ve never even heard of him before the buzz on the 2010 elections started! Well, that goes to Gibo Teodoro, too, but Gibo is backed by the administration and that can go a long way.

Also, during the 2007 elections, he is the only one from all the local and national candidates of the Ang Kapatiran party that placed. My point with that one is, that given that, it tells me that their party has not a big influence or support. And to win in a presidential race, you’ll need just that – huge influence and support.

However, as I said, it’s not like it can’t be done. But for this guy to win, a major campaign needs to be done. And their party needs to start campaigning on a nationwide audience already.

Sources: Wikipedia, PoliticalArena

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2 thoughts on “Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: JC de los Reyes

  1. JC de los Reyes is an arrogant and bigot person. No one should ever vote him… Although I know somebody else will win this election, the next president shouldn’t even consider giving him a cabinet position… (it’s a gut feel, jc knows he can’t win so he’ll settle for a cabinet position… that’s why he supports noynoy… because he knows that there’s a huge chance that noynoy will win.)

    the safest bet would be gordon… but he’ll not win this election… so amongst noynoy, villar, estrada and gibo – i’ll go for gibo… the guy knows what his doing… although i have to admit – it’s a gamble… but so are the others. so i’ll go for the best bet… and that, i’m afraid is gibo…

    • So, that’s it?

      Just because in the news it says that in a survey of around 2000 people, Dick Gordon is not in the top 4 you are not gonna vote for him?

      Is this really all about “winnability”?

      Whatever happened to sticking to what you believe in?

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