TACLOBAN CITY–First time party-list group, Tingog Sinirangan failed to secure a seat in the House of Representatives on the May 9 elections but it vowed to continue in helping Eastern Visayas and carry the voice of its people in whatever opportunity it can.
“We will never give up and we will continue to fight for you and with you,” Jude Acidre, first nominee of Tingog Sinirangan, said.
Tingog has envisioned to uplift Eastern Visayas, identified as the poorest region in the country.
Acidre said the group “hoped for the opportunity to serve our region through the party-list system and lead our people towards a stronger vision of regional development.”
“But while we may have lost this election – we gained much more than we expected – a better understanding of our region and its people, a closer appreciation of the challenges that beset us and a more determined will to do whatever we can to bring change, hope and progress to this region we call home,” he said.
Acidre said the group is “even more so thankful to everyone who voted for us – especially in the city of Tacloban; to all our leaders and supporters and everyone who believed in us. We are thankful to our party leadership and campaign donors.”
“Thank you for your support, prayers and inspiration. Thank you for welcoming us to your homes and communities. Thank you for allowing us to share our ideas and aspirations. In everything, we thank the good Lord for the blessings of the past months,” he said.
Acidre also expressed his personal thanks to outgoing Leyte 1st district Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, who also ran in the senatorial race.
Tingog’s other nominees are young entrepreneur and sports advocate Daciano David Palami, lawyer and humanitarian worker Sharilee Angela Gaspay-Mauro.
“We are very proud of our very hardworking campaign staff, who generously gave their all to see a vision come close to reality; to our families and friends who stood by us in all the ups and downs; to our political allies and partners who readily embraced us; to the civil society groups and faith communities who made us even more confident about the relevance of our mission; to our friends in the media – we can never be thankful enough,” Acidre said.
He also apologized for any offenses he had caused to others, whether said or done amidst a very heated campaign.
“Tingog will continue to do its best to serve Eastern Visayas in whatever capacity and opportunity that we will have,” he said. (Ronald O. Reyes/PNA)