PILOpino Tayo! (Filipino version)

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Ito si Pilo.

May pagmamalaking tinatawag ang sarili na “Anak ng Tundo.”

Ina niya ay dating kasambahay.

Ama niya ay dating tindero at mensahero.

Sipag. Sikap. Talino.

Ang kanyang mga naging sandata sa paggapi sa kahirapan.

Iskolar at working student.

Gradweyt siya ng Economics sa UST.

Nagtapos ng Law sa UP College of Law.

Bar topnotcher noong 1999.

Kumuha ng Masters of Law sa Yale Law School.

Hindi nagpayaman bilang Abogado de Campanilla.

Sa halip, pinili niya ang maglingkod sa bayan.

Nagtrabaho siya sa Bantay Katarungan, isang anti-corruption group.

Nahasa siya sa ilalim ng statesman na si Jovito Salonga.

Nagtrabaho siya para kay retired SC Justice Vicente Mendoza, isang magiting na Constitutionalist.

Nagturo ng Batas sa UP sa loob ng 18 taon.

Itinalagang Solicitor General noong 2014.

Ipinagtanggol ang Reproductive Health Law sa Supreme Court.

Nabawi ang P71-B coconut levy funds para sa gobyerno.

Pinangunahan ang legal team na nagpapanalo ng ating arbitration case vs China over the West Phil. Sea.

Legal counsel nina Sen. Leila de Lima at Sen. Sonny Trillanes.

Walang takot na kritiko ng mga polisiyang anti-people at anti-law.

Ngayon ay kumakandidato para sa Senado.

Walang pera. Walang koneksiyon. Walang impluwensiya.

Hindi sikat.

Hindi galing sa political family.

Integridad.

Abilidad.

Kredibilidad.

Tinig ng mga api at ng mga nasa laylayan.

Kalaban ng korapsyon.

Bantay ng Konstitusyon.

Kampyon ng sobaranya.

Para kay Pilo Hilbay, walang pangarap na imposible!

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PILOpino Tayo! (English version)

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This is Pilo.

Proudly calls himself “Anak ng Tundo.”

A son of a househelp and a messenger.

Hard work. Perseverance. Intellect.

Those were his stepping stones to success.

A scholar and working student.

Graduated with Economics degree from UST.

Earned his Law degree from the UP College of Law.

1999 Bar Topnotcher.

Obtained his Masters of Law degree from the Yale Law School.

He did not accept the lucrative job offers that came his way.

Instead, he opted to serve the country.

He worked for Bantay Katarungan, an anti-corruption group.

A protégé of Jovito Salonga, the statesman he wants to emulate.

He worked for a great constitutionalist, the retired SC Justice Vicente Mendoza.

Taught Constitutional Law in UP for 18 years.

Was appointed Solicitor General in 2014.

Defended the Reproductive Health Law before the Supreme Court.

He pushed for the return of the P71-B coconut levy funds to the gov’t. coffers.

Led the Phil. contingent that successfully fought for the West Philippine Sea.

Lawyer for detained Sen. Leila de Lima and embattled Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

A fearless critic of anti-people and anti-law policies.

He is now running for the Senate.

No money, no connections, no influence, no fame, no political name.

Integrity.

Ability.

Credibility.

A voice for the oppressed and the downtrodden.

A warrior against corruption.

A custodian of the Constitution.

A champion of the Philippine sovereignty.

Pilo Hilbay, a visionary dreamer.

THE YEAR THAT WAS (The Mom on a Mission’s 2018)

My 2018 had been a perfect combination of courage amid intimidation, and triumph amid adversity.

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23 years after I left college, I was able to muster the courage to go back and take the last subject that kept me from my elusive diploma. When I eventually graduated alongside my two cum laude children, I gathered the courage to face the members of the press who found our story inspiring enough to deserve a space in their platforms. (We even landed on the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and were invited for a live interview in GMA 7’s Unang Hirit!)

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As parents, we were able to call forth the courage to see two of our three children leave the safety of our home to face new challenges on their own — Emar (who earned the title “Engineer” after passing the board exams for Chemical Engineering last November) as an employee of a Japan-founded global engineering firm, and Lala as a student of Medicine (who could barely come home even during special family occasions).

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Just recently, I along with the entire UP community, courageously rallied behind the UP Men’s Basketball Team. They made history by managing the monumental feat of taking UP back to the finals after 32 long years. They were also able to unite a community that has been beset with discord for far too long.

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I had the courage to make a stand and to continue fighting the atrocities of this administration –both online and out on the streets–, and to boldly write about my convictions and advocacies. We have yet to see our country restored to its former glory, but we will get there someday. I know, we will.

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I found the courage to meet and show my support for the people persecuted by the madman in Malacañang and his minions. There were Sen. De Lima, VP Leni, Sr. Patricia Fox, PAB blogger Jover Laurio, CJ Sereno, and Sen. Trillanes. These men and women, along with many others who fearlessly hold the line despite constant threats, are recognized both locally and internationally for their indomitable resolve in making the Philippines a better place for us, Filipinos.

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I managed to draw the courage to throw my all-out support for my no. 1 senatorial bet, Atty. Pilo Hilbay, along with the other candidates from the opposition coalition. The outcome of the midterm elections next year is crucial as it will decide whether we will still have the same Constitution and form of government that we have right now, or if we will adopt our Congressmen’s self-serving version of the Constitution. Hopefully, this time around, we will choose the candidates who will best serve the interests of the Filipino people.

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Finally, just a month ago, after managing to build the necessary courage, I actively participated in Liberal Party’s Project Makinig by going house-to-house to listen to my fellow Maloleños’ daily struggles, experiences, observations, expectations and aspirations. My humble contribution, along with that of the other volunteers, will hopefully be instrumental in addressing more effectively the ordinary citizens’ issues and concerns through the policies and solutions that the LP officials, both current and future, will formulate and implement.

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The fight in the many arenas of my life is not yet over, though. As long as I live, I know that there is something that I should be fighting for. Fearlessly. Relentlessly. Courageously.

Thank you, 2018!

Bring it on, 2019!