John Carlos de los Reyes

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John Carlos de los Reyes
Member of the
Olongapo City Council
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2010
In office
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 1998
Personal details
Born (1970-02-14) February 14, 1970 (age 44)
Political party
Spouse(s) Dunia Valenzuela
Residence Olongapo City, Zambales
Occupation Civil servant
Profession Professor, Businessman
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website http://www.kapatiranparty.org/

John Carlos "JC" Gordon de los Reyes[1] (born February 14, 1970) is the President of Ang Kapatiran Party and a senatorial candidate for the 2013 Philippine midterm election. de los Reyes was councilor in Olongapo City and the presidential candidate of the Ang Kapatiran Party for the 2010 Philippine presidential election.[2]

Educational Background and Career[edit]

He studied in Ateneo de Manila for his elementary education, and graduated in De La Salle Santiago Zobel School for high school. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is considered as one of the most orthodox Catholic Universities in the United States.[3][4]

In late 1993 he taught Philosophy in the Center for Research and Communication, now known as the University of Asia and the Pacific. During that time, he was under the tutelage of Father Joseph de Torre, a Spanish priest of the Holy Cross who wrote extensively on the social teachings of the Church.

In 1999 he finished his post-graduate studies in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines. In 2005 he finished his law degree at Saint Louis University in Baguio City.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

In 1995, he was elected as the city councilor of Olongapo City. During his term, he focused on the poor, the youth and cooperatives.[citation needed]

In the 2007 elections, among 27 local and national candidates, he was the lone winner of the Ang Kapatiran Party, placing second among ten slots for the Olongapo City Council. This was achieved despite a decade absent from local politics.[citation needed]

His free legal assistance program under an informal project named JUSTICE CRUSADE has been widely successful among his constituents. He is presently prioritizing the institutionalization of the Barangay Human Rights Action Centers, the office mandated by law for the protection and prevention of human rights violations in the barangay.[citation needed]

As councilor, de los Reyes has spoken out and campaigned against illegal drugs, rampant violations of worker’s rights at Hanjin, Subic Bay and has campaigned against illegal fish cages in the area. He has also led protests against the proposed coal power plant and has been outspoken in criticizing government’s plan to open more casinos in Subic.[citation needed]

The boldest statement he has made for good governance is the filing of numerous cases before the Ombudsman against high ranking government officials where he himself is complainant. This is in line with his political policy of alleviating the people’s suffering by addressing the problem of expensive and increasing costs of basic needs like water, electricity, medicines, health care, etc., and insuring that these basic services are kept free and far from graft and corruption.[citation needed]

He has been nominated as Presidential candidate to the Philippines for the 2010 elections but ran in last and lost to the more popular Senator Benigno Aquino III.[citation needed]

Organizations[edit]

The organizations he helped propagate as an active member since 1995 was the National Renewal Movement and the Ang Kapatiran National Political Party or the Alliance for the Common Good, a registered political party that seeks to promote the politics of genuine social concern.[citation needed] Presently, he is national animator of Solidarity Philippines, a movement to pro-actively advance the Social Justice Agenda of the Church and Executive-director of Breaking the Yoke of Poverty Foundation whose project is Jubilee homes for the Poor, a housing project for 60 families.[citation needed] He is also a member of Tau Gamma Phi Triskelions Grand Fraternity.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

De los Reyes is married to Filipino-Brazilian, Dunia Valenzuela-delos Reyes with whom he has 3 children - Gabrial, Santiago, and Barbara.

References[edit]

  1. ^ His surname however is delos Reyes according to his voter's registration record in COMELEC. Precinct finder (search required)
  2. ^ "Ang Kapatiran Party names youngest ever presidential candidate for 2010". Political Arena. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  3. ^ a b "About JC De Los Reyes". Political Arena. Retrieved 2009-08-30. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Kapatiran finally has poll winner in Olongapo". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 

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