We welcome the forthcoming senatorial bid of Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, a former student and youth leader who is best known for his advocacy in providing microfinance opportunities to women through the social enterprise Hapinoy, an organization that provides business coaching, leadership training, store branding, and other support services to a network of over 10,000 sari-sari stores all over the Philippines.
We welcome Bam's decision to seek a senate post, and we will support his bid. His credentials are outstanding. If he wins, he will probably be the first summa cum laude graduate in the Senate.
His having been a student and youth leader is a big plus. He will be the voice of the youth in the upper chamber.
Nearly ninety percent of the voters are below fifty years of age; we need youthful leaders in the Senate who will represent the next generation of Filipinos who hunger for progress and genuine change.