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Grex Lagman still pining for a united PH despite political wedge

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Former Albay congressman Grex Lagman has expressed hope that Filipinos would eventually tear down their political fences and unite.

In his rather early Christmas message on Facebook, Liberal Party (LP) member Lagman noted how the change in political landscape has driven a wedge between his countrymen.

“Ang 2016 ay isang taon na punong-puno ng pagbabago. Ang sambayanang Pilipino ay tila’y nahati sa mga kaganapang pang-pulitika,” he said, adding that each side of the political divide has its own valid arguments and pitfalls.

“May ibang sumasang-ayon sa makabagong populismo. May iba naman na nais ipanatili ang mga institusyong pang-demokratiko. Parehas na mga ideyang may mga likhang pakinabang at kahinaan.”

“Sa huli, inaasahan ko na lahat tayo ay magkakaisa rin. Matatanggap din natin na lahat tayo Pilipino. Maaring pinaghiwa-hiwalay tayo ng higit sa pitong libong isla. Pero, iisa lang bahay natin…iisa lang and bansang sinilangan,” he further said.

Lagman, son of current opposition figure Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, has had his share of criticisms against the administration too–most of them constructive.

Despite Filipinos’ political differences, he said that they still managed to raise the level of public discourse.

“Sa darating na Pasko, taus-puso ko pong pinpasalamatan ang lahat ng mamamayang nag-ambag ng kanilang galing at talino. Naghandog ng kanilang kabayanihan at pakikipag-kapwa tao. Hindi man tayo nagkasundo sa ibang isyu, pinalawak at pinalalim naman natin ang duskurso sa disente at karespe-respetong pamamaraan.”

Lagman ended his pre-Christmas message with this reminder: “Magmahalan po tayo! At tandaan natin na nasa ating mga kamay ang pagkakaroon ng mas masaya, mas progresibo at mas malayang Inang Bayan sa 2017!”