In my generation, I learned to admire only three politicians in the Philippines. They are Oscar Orbos, Rodolfo Biazon, and Nene Pimentel. Whenever Biazon, Orbos, or Pimentel is in Los Angeles, I really make it a point to listen to what they say about statecraft and the state of the homeland. These guys I consider “a few good men” who served the Philippine government. These three men have something more than integrity. They are essentially patriots. They teach and inspire people with their ideals and wisdom, and they are not afraid to go against the powerful flow of the dysfunctional bureaucracy even if the price they had to pay spells great setbacks to their political careers.
Another generation of leaders
Koko Pimentel III, the son of Nene, came to the scene in the manner most patriots do. He got pushed out by the election cheats, appealed, won, and eventually declared winner in the end. He was in town last week, on the last leg of his working visit, and wanted to have a feel of the pulse of the Fil-Am community of Los Angeles.
The solon from Cagayan de Oro is interested in things that are related to what he does in the Senate as Chairman of the Committee on Electoral Reform, and the Games and Amusement Board.
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