Abunda joins Ladlad as adviser

Abunda joins Ladlad as adviser
By Mike Frialde (The Philippine Star) Updated June 17, 2011 12:00 AM

TV host Boy Abunda, senior political adviser of Ladlad for the 2013 midterm elections, and Bemz Benedito, Ladlad party-list chair, unveil the new logo of Ladlad during a press conference in Makati City yesterday. JOEY MENDOZA
| Zoom MANILA, Philippines - Television host Boy Abunda yesterday accepted the invitation of Ladlad, an organization of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals, to become its senior political adviser for the 2013 midterm elections.

In a press conference yesterday in Makati City, Abunda said he would use his position to ensure that Ladlad gets three seats in the House of Representatives as a recognized party-list group.

Abunda said that in accepting the offer to be Ladlad’s senior political adviser, he is not seeking nomination for the 2013 elections. He added that although he has been supporting Ladlad since its inception in 2004, it is only now that he has accepted the offer to become its political adviser.

“I will be more effective as a member of the campaign team. This is the right time. I would not have been effective in 2004,” he said.

Abunda, however, said that although he is declining to be Ladlad’s first nominee in the next elections, he is keeping his political options open, in fact eyeing the gubernatorial seat of Eastern Samar in the 2016 elections.

Ladlad had been allowed by the Supreme Court to participate in the May 10 party-list elections, but it lost. Abunda said Ladlad will select its nominees in a convention to be held next year.

Ladlad chair Bemz Benedito said Abunda’s decision to join the group as senior political adviser would boost its chances in the next party-list elections.

Abunda said Ladlad would aggressively call for the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the country, one of the concerns being the issue of consolidating members. Ladlad has 50,000 and aims to double its ranks.

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