Marawi sur­vivor to run for sen­a­tor

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A MARAWI siege sur­vivor, Samira Gu­toc, be­came the first can­di­date of the op­po­si­tion to file her cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy un­der the Lib­eral Party (LP).

Gu­toc said there was no hes­i­ta­tion on her part to run un­der the op­po­si­tion ban­ner.

“I am mak­ing my stand as the first op­po­si­tion can­di­date to file to­day and be­cause I am not afraid. I am not afraid to be heard. I am not afraid to step to Manila miles and miles away from Marawi so that the voices of the south­ern Philip­pines that for 25 years have been de­nied in the Se­nate,” said Gu­toc.

She said she wants to run for sen­a­tor in or­der to give voice to the vic­tims of nat­u­ral and man-made calami­ties.

She said she is more than qual­i­fied to ad­vo­cate for con­cerns of calamity vic­tims, as she has ex­pe­ri­enced their suf­fer­ings.

“Many of our con­cerns such as dis­place­ment, dis­crim­i­na­tion, peace build­ing, relief ac­cess, all of which, I be­lieve, can be brought into the con­scious­ness of Filipinos,” said Gu­toc.

Aside from LP, Gu­toc said she also aims to rep­re­sent women, indige­nous peo­ple, Mus­lims, and other mi­nor­ity sec­tors.

“I stand firm as a can­di­date and pos­si­bly the first Maranao woman sen­a­tor of the Repub­lic of the Philip­pines,” she added. (SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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