Thursday, May 12, 2016


    "... I commend those espousing unpopular beliefs in partisan politics, but solely for co-ops' interests, because there is a new culture of politics in our co-op system.."

    These were the words of Coop Natcco Party List Rep. CRESENTE "MR. CO-OP" PAEZ, when he thanked his supporters for his less than successful bid as senatorial candidate bannering the cause of cooperatives.  Personally, these words are, to me a prophecy of things to come, hopefully sooner.

    Following is  the full text of his words of appreciation:

    ".. I wish to thank you all, our co-op supporters, friends, family members, relatives, the Paez Clan, the Calago Clan, the Gammans, and the NGO community, including the "noncon" supporters and the LP network, for being part of the campaign in our desire for victory.

    On a personal note, your commitment, hardwork, dedication and unwavering support have inspired and energized me, and the Team Paez enormously.   

    Daghang salamat po sa inyong lahat !

    I believe that the branding of Mr. Co-op and injecting co-op values and principles in "new politics"  that we adopted during the campaign, and which surprised many "trapos" in my engagement with them, is still worth fighting for.

    While the outcome of the last political fight was lacking in numbers to make us known nationally as a "political force to reckon with" in our first senatorial bid, I can only say that at this historic attempt, we truly won in the cooperative spirit and in collective aspirations. 

    With this, a million thanks to all of us !

    More importantly, what matters most is the unifying front of those who believe that co-ops should be partisan in politics for their own protection, and to ensure a pro-co-op government in its national agenda.

    Likewise, thank you for your financial contributions, though too meager to win a national electoral contest, I humbly salute your leadership because of your conviction in the political engagements.

    Furthermore, I strongly commend those espousing unpopular beliefs in partisan politics, but  solely for co-ops' interests, because this is a new culture of politics in our co-op system.

    Let's remember the historic act of the 28 pioneer-weavers of the 18th century, who founded cooperativism to liberate themselves from economic misery.  Espousing "co-op politics" in our political life and participating in the electoral system is not totally new, as this is becoming popular in Europe and North America.

    In the ASEAN region, I think we are first in this kind of struggle that the co-ops be mainstreamed in the political arena for representation of its interests, welfare--that is also embracing the ordinary Filipinos.

    Thank you, and let's make use of the lessons learned in this senatorial bid for whatever action we will take in the future.

    Lastly, I would like to thank the officers of the Coalition of Cooperatives Party, for your leadership role in the campaign, the Paez Team for you untiring efforts, the PhilFECO, the Recoboda, and my colleagues in the Daang Matuwid and Coalition for your inspiring support.

    Winston Churchill said: " Success is never final; failure is never fatal. Courage is what it matters most."

    God Bless!  Mabuhay tayong mga Kooperatiba!..." (END).



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