First, we were No. 24. Then, when new party list groups won their case in the Supreme Court, we moved up to No. 29. In the final list issued by COMELEC last 25 February 2010, ATING KOOP is listed as No. 109.
Only One, and make it No. 109
There are more than 180 party list groups that COMELEC allowed to run in the May 2010 election. But a qualified voter can vote for only one party list. We urge you to shade or blacken No. 109 and that is our party list, the ATING KOOP.
Why ATING KOOP?
There are many reasons why we have to work hard for ATING KOOP to win three seats in Congress. Here are the most important –
o ATING KOOP, upholding real coop values, espouses transformational governance. No to transactional, patronage politics! No to distribution of pork barrel based on votes delivered! No to cash in paper bags!
o ATING KOOP fights for initiatives that will cooperativize public utilities like water supply, electric power distribution, etc. as a tool for redistributing wealth to the grassroots.
o ATING KOOP fights for tax and other incentives that will level the playing field for grassroots institutions and initiatives.
o ATING KOOP promotes undertakings that will strengthen the whole coop movement, e.g. training of coop people and computerization, networking of all coops that will facilitate banking, remittance and other transactions of members.
An equally important reason for supporting ATING KOOP is to prove to ourselves that there is such thing as a ‘coop vote.’ Our lives were transformed through the economic and social access that our coops provided. Let this transformation be confidence builder and move us to decry the ways of governance we witness today.
The economic and social benefits we now enjoy are negated by the blatant disregard of good governance principles by most public officials and institutions. Let our solid coop vote for ATING KOOP be a warning shot to those who put greed in the altar of their lives. Let our votes for ATING KOOP also become a shout “Tama na! Sobra na! Ituwid na!”
Please remember: It is not enough to just vote for No. 109 ATING KOOP party list. Let us also work hard to campaign within our circle of influence (family members, relatives, neighbours, friends, co-workers, fellow association members) so that ATING KOOP will win three seats in Congress.