JC de los Reyes

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John Carlos G. de los Reyes, better known as JC de los Reyes (born 14 February 1970 in Mandaluyong), is a former councilor in Olongapo City, Philippines. He is the President of Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) and was its standard-bearer in the in the 2010 Philippine presidential elections. He was a senatorial candidate for the 2013 Philippine midterm election.

Education

De los Reyes finished his elementary education in Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and secondary education in De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is considered to be one of the most orthodox Catholic universities in the US.

He taught philosophy at the Center for Research and Communication (currently known as University of Asia and the Pacific) in 1993 under the tutelage of Fr. Joseph de Torre, a Spanish priest of the Holy Cross who wrote extensively on the social teachings of the Church. De los Reyes received his postgraduate degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines in 1999, and he completed his law degree at Saint Louis University, Baguio City in 2005.

Personal life

De los Reyes is married to Dunia Valenzuela, a Brazilian yoga instructor and former model. They have four children: Gabriel, Santiago, Barbara, and Juliana.

His parents are active members of Pro-Life Philippines. His father served as executive director of the Population Commission which pushed for a three-child family norm in 1981. He turned pro-life after his 10-year old daughter was killed by a drug addict.[1]

Career

De los Reyes taught Philosophy at the University of Asia and the Pacific. As elected city councilor of Olongapo in 1995, De los Reyes focused on the poor, the youth, and community cooperatives.

He emerged as the only winner among the 27 local and national candidates of AKP in the 2007 elections, and placed second among the ten slots for the Olongapo City Council.

Under an informal project named Justice Crusade, De los Reyes provided free legal assistance to his constituents. Among his current priorities is the institutionalization of the Barangay Human Rights Action Centers, mandated by law for the prevention of human rights violations.

De los Reyes campaigns against illegal drugs, worker's rights violations at Hanjin in Subic Bay, the reproductive health code, the authorization of the Bataan Power Plant, and the proposed Ocean 9 Casino in Subic.

De los Reyes is also the owner of Legobrick Systems and Designs, a clay and brick manufacturing company.

Affiliations

Head, Justice Crusade

Pioneer, National Renewal Movement

Member, Pro-Life Philippines

2010 Presidential bid

On 26 June 2009, AKP unanimously proclaimed De los Reyes as the party's presidential candidate for 2010. At 40, he is the youngest presidential aspirant. Together with his vice presidential running mate Dominador Chipeco Jr. and AKP's seven senatorial bets, De los Reyes formalized his bid on 24 November 2009 at the main office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila.

De los Reyes and his group are pushing for “alternative politics” based on a “radical transformative politics” platform that aims to abolish graft and corruption, political dynasties, impose gun control, and remove all forms of gambling. 2

De los Reyes conceded in the presidential race, congratulating Benigno Aquino III. However, on his interview with DZMM, he said that he only conceded in the presidential race but he is still pushing for AKP's platform.

Campaign manifesto

In January 2010, De los Reyes discussed his views of the presidency and his plans for the country, if elected, with the members of Blogwatch.ph. In the forum, he admitted that he is not oblivious to the fact that, compared with most of the candidates, he is relatively unknown. He also expressed his steadfast belief in miracles and in the people's desire for alternative politics.

De los Reyes's campaign zeroed in on service for the common good, preferential options for the poor, the principles of solidarity and subsidiary, uplifting the dignity of the Filipino people, upholding the rights of workers, and allowing small units of government (i.e., barangay|barangays) to decide on how to allocate their budget, without constraints from higher offices.

Youth

De los Reyes put forth transparency, accountability, politics of virtue, duty, and conscience as prime factors in attaining a moral leadership, wherein the president restores moral order. A massive values formation campaign and confidence in the ability of the youth to take the reins of the country were his party's forces of mobility.

Being the youngest among the 2010 presidential aspirants, De los Reyes envisioned to change the country's traditional political landscape, which is largely steered by money and power, through investing in what he called the socio-economic force: the youth. He said that this could be realized if the country eradicates the core problem of apathy among the young people, making them involved in the political mainstream.

State and religion

Coming from a party anchored on values propagated by religions, De los Reyes maintained that good governance and belief in a higher being are two peas in a pod. Albeit there is autonomy between state and religion, he believes that in this day and age, it is necessary for the government to abide by the social teachings of the Church. The young presidential aspirant even quoted the first line of the Constitution of the Philippines' preamble, wherein the people invoke God's help: “We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God,” to support his argument. He said that among his aims is to avert a looming secularization of the state, which, he said, is occurring in Europe and America.

However, De los Reyes clarified that had Kapatiran chosen a Muslim or any non-Catholic candidate, espousing religious teachings to the bureaucracy would still be encouraged. It is from this practice that a leader can stir among people the universal doctrine of “loving thy neighbor,” which, De los Reyes said, would lead to the society's prioritization of the welfare of the poor and destitute.

Governance

When asked how he can be trusted to handle the country's debts when he still has a five-million debt, which he declared in ANC's presidential forum Harapan 2010, De los Reyes said that the aforementioned amount was an accumulation of personal expenses of an ordinary Filipino who was just starting to build a comfortable life for his family. He then clarified that he did not venture into politics because he needed money nor did he solicit funds for his campaign. De los Reyes was confident about his track record and believed that by observing his party's principles of transparency and accountability, he would be able to manage the national debt.

Poverty

For De los Reyes, structural poverty is the effect of wrong ideas, policies, and ideologies. With these causes, he deemed it vital to change the perception of Filipino governance and how Filipinos are seen as a people. Whereas an administration would say that poverty is a constant part of the system, his party believed it is caused by man, and can therefore be solved by man.

With more or less 40% of the national budget lost to graft, De los Reyes posited that the cause of poverty is easily identifiable. If elected President, De los Reyes would implement and initiate a policy that inhibits corrupt practices and regards the presidency as the seat of reformed culture in the chain of command. He envisioned an administration where graft and corruption are no longer the norm.

Reproductive health bill and maternal health

As a councilor of Olongapo, De los Reyes opposed the passage of the Reproductive Health bill and referred to it as anti-poor. For him, reproductive health means having more doctors and facilities, especially in barangay health centers in the provinces, and educating parents on the importance of breastfeeding for the welfare of mothers and in producing a nation of healthy people. He also suggested that instead of equating poverty with population, the government should instead focus on human resource development and natural resources management.

De los Reyes remained firm in his stand that a declaration of overpopulation has no basis, especially if the limitation is set by foreign bodies like the World Health Organization and United Fund for Population Activities. He considered this as a violation of the national policy and the autonomy of the government. He also questioned the government's funding of contraceptives and other pregnancy-prevention devices, saying that the move targets the poor. For him, this translates to an implication that in order to survive, one has to be born into a well-heeled family who can finance every necessity.

He also discriminated between reproduction health and health in reproduction, and made reference to the late President Corazon Aquino's executive order regarding advertisements on canned milk, which is not observed and results in little awareness on the advantages of breastfeeding. De los Reyes shared that his wife's practice of breastfeeding accounts for the considerable gap in the conception of his three children, which is also beneficial to a mother's health.

Sex education

Regarding sex education, De los Reyes said that he found the modules by the Department of Education (DepEd) “offensive and pornographic,” and would not want his own children to be subjected to such. He added that teaching the children about their bodies and how they conceive is tolerable; however, lessons on using pills and condoms and on how to prevent conception should be excluded from the curriculum. He believes that sex education is the domain of parents and that the government should not replace the parents as moral guides when it comes to reproductive education and choices.

Overseas employment

Although he sees a hallowed purpose (being the only dominantly Catholic country in Asia) in the Filipino diaspora, De los Reyes and his party aim to gradually bring overseas Filipinos back to the country. He also pointed out that the government relies so much on OFW remittances that the Philippines has become a big placement agency that sends its people to labor abroad. The government has overlooked improving health benefits, fighting crime, maintaining peace and order, and combating corruption, all of which are essential in creating investments that would provide opportunities to the Filipinos so they would not have to leave their families behind.

Organizations

Since 1995, De los Reyes has been an active member of the National Renewal Movement and the Ang Kapatiran National Party (otherwise called as the Alliance for the Common Good). He is currently the national animator of Solidarity Philippines, a movement that furthers the social justice agenda of the Church; and is executive director of Breaking the Yoke of Poverty Foundation that conducts the Jubillee Homes for the Poor project, a housing project for 60 families.

References

  • https://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A09057C8887FDFCB JC de los Reyes. YouTube. July 3, 2020
  • https://news.abs-cbn.com/research/05/13/09/profile-john-carlos-jc-gordon-de-los-reyes PROFILE: John Carlos “JC” Gordon de los Reyes. ABSCBN News. July 3, 2020
  • https://monkshobbit.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/john-carlos-jc-g-de-los-reyes-senatorial-candidate-of-ang-kapatiran-party/ John Carlos “JC” G. de los Reyes: Senatorial candidate of Ang Kapatiran Party. Monk’s Hobbit. July 3, 2020

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  • Filipino politicians
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