Early this year, former Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Gregorio ‘Goyo’ Larrazabal started visiting remote places in the Philippines to promote voter education and awareness for the May 9, 2022 polls.
With the help of local Comelec authorities, Goyo Larrazabal organized forums in the different barangays, asking residents to avail of the voter’s registration process and exercise their right of suffrage.
Larrazabal initially rode his Land Rover Defender 90 to reach far-flung areas. Then he realized that he can reach more places by motorcycle. Larrazabal bought a Yamaha Serow 250, which he loads up on the Defender with a bike carrier for his barangay visits. He also enrolled at a riding school for a refresher course.
It was during his visits to Mindanao and the Visayas when he recognized the growing number of motorcycle riders who need equal protection of the law. “Meron talagang mga bagay that need to be pushed for the riders para maprotektahan sila,” he said.
Larrazabal is assisting in putting up the Partido sa Bag-ong Pilipino (PBP), which is based in the Caraga region. PBP is now seeking accreditation at the poll body as a party list for next year’s elections. “It’s a political party, but we will make motorcycle rights advocacies. Promise,” he added.
Asked if he already agreed to be a nominee of PBP in the event that the party list wins a slot at the House of Representatives, he replied, “Realistically, I am considering the Senate. But PBP will be the counterpart in the House in advocating the rights of motorcyclists and cyclists.”
He served the Comelec for seven years, and this will be the first time that Larrazabal officially throws his hat into the political arena. Good luck, Atty. Goyo!
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