Tomorrow, when the 14th Congress will begin its sessions, a woman will be there among the multitude of solons.

She is a widow and a mother of four wonderful children.

She may just be a face among plenty, a single voice among the many… but she will be set apart from the ordinary. A woman of principles and conviction, a veteran of the streets, a voice for the voiceless…

She will represent the voice of millions who are underprivileged, the down-trodden, the abused and those whom this government has forgotten and taken for granted.

She will, among others…

… fight for the rights and welfare of the ordinary workers — their right to organize, better wages and security of tenure

… push for the strengthening of the agrarian reform law and fight for the rights of poor farmers

… work for the legislation of laws that will provide cheaper medicines and better health care

… advocate for better and more affordable education for the young and the protection of their rights and welfare

She will represent our hopes, our vision of a better, more humane, more just, more peaceful Philippines.

She is…

Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, Party-List Akbayan…


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