Raul Roco, founder of Aksyon Demokratiko, may be gone but through his supporters, he may yet come out as an influential factor in next year's presidential elections.
Roco's widow, Sonia, has just announced the offer of the Aksyon Demokratiko to Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III to be the party's standard bearer and run for President in 2010.
"Our party, Aksyon Demokratiko, entreats you, Senator Noynoy Aquino, to run for President of the Philippines!" said Sonia Roco.
While Aksyon Demokratiko is not a huge political party, it is no pushover either. The value of Aksyon Demokratiko's endorsement lies in the fact that it has now become the first political party to openly support Noynoy Aquino's still-unannounced bid for the presidency in 2010.
Aksyon's move may become the spark that could ignite a much bigger organized clamor for Noynoy to run. It cannot be said that Aksyon's support for Noynoy just came out of the blue. Raul Roco, after all, was one of Senator Ninoy Aquino's staffers in the Senate in the 1960s.
This is the report by Jay Taruc for Saksi courtesy of GMANews.tv: