“Ito po ay Day 1 ng ating kampanya. Kaya ba natin? Sa totoo lang po, hindi pa nagsisimula ang kampanya pero tayo ay marami nang inikot pero hindi tayo napapagod.
Hindi tayo nawawalan ng pag-asa dahil alam natin na ang dala-dala natin sa pagtakbong ito ay tunay na pagbabago para sa karaniwang tao, ang lahat ng mahuhusay at magagandang adhikain para sa ating bayan.
Maraming salamat po. Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino!”
With these words I closed the opening salvo of my bid for the Senate. Joined by hundreds of ordinary folk, we LITERALLY ran to the Senate premises plying Buendia, past the Philippine Trade Training Center and getting a glimpse of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Thousands of supporters across 33 cities held their own runs and opening actions.
Sa lahat ng mga nagising ng maaga, tumakbo, naglakad at gumapang papunta sa ating finish line, maraming maraming salamat!
Special thanks to our senior citizens from urban poor communities as far as Bulacan. Even my mother in law, Nanay Jing, ran with us. “Nay, kaya n’yo ba? Malayu-layo po yan,” I said. “Siyempre kayang-kaya!” she beamed. I was so inspired.
Even bus workers from Times Transit, a whole bus of them, traveled all the way from Ilocos Norte to join our run. Despite having won in the Supreme Court three years ago in their 15-year labor dispute, the company’s owners continues to refuse their reinstatement and pay their back wages. And yet here they were, all out in our belief that it is high time that their voices be heard in the Senate.
A group of Aetas from the large-scale mining-infested Mt. Abo of Pampanga were also there. They gave me a piece of cloth to wear on my head then tried to lift me on their shoulders. Pero masyado yata akong mabigat at ilang segundo lang nabuhat, just enough for me to flash a victory sign.
Kasama ko ang karaniwang tao sa pagtakbo ko sa Senado. There were workers, farmers and fisherfolk, teachers, drivers and students who joined the run.
I continue to be amazed by this sheer will and determination of the karaniwang tao. And this is the very reason why I am hopeful for the coming elections where I expect to see the millions of common folk working their hardest to overcome the guns, goons and gold of the well-entrenched dynasties and all their kaibigan, kaklase and kabarilan.
Kung sama-sama nating ipagtagumpay itong di-pangkaraniwang hamon sa atin ng kasaysayan, tiyak ako sa ating panalo.
Ito ang kwento ng ating trip patungong pagbabago. Ito ang Takbo ni Teddy. Sama ka!
Click on this link to view Rappler story on my run