BUKIDNON | PERSONALITIES | POLITICS | FEATURES – (BukidnonOnline.com) He may have lost his bid for a senatorial seat in the recently concluded elections but Mindanaoan and former Bukidnon First District Rep. JR Nereus “Neric” Acosta says the end is nowhere near. In fact, Acosta, who branded himself as “Teacher Neric” during the May 2010 elections, says that he will “soldier on towards hope and change.”
In a text message sent to Bukidnon Online last May 14, 2010, the very same day Acosta celebrated his birthday, the Manolo Fortich native said that he was “keeping the faith” and that his “20th finish in the tight field of big money and old names is already a good start.”
Acosta also posted the following message in one of his social networking profiles:
As the dust settles, let me thank all of you –family, friends, networks of supporters, fellow Filipinos from all stations in life — who not only cast a vote for my candidacy, but placed a clear stake for our country’s future. Tauspusong pasasalamat po sa inyong lahat; daghan kaayong salamat; agyamanak unay apo; dios mabalos na dakulaon!
Our 20th place finish in a tight field dominated by familiar names and big money was a feat in itself, a base upon which bigger dreams can be built. I saw the country and its spirited people up close and personal and this journey has been nothing short of life-transforming.
I only have hope and gratitude in my heart — and the resonance and affirmation of ‘kung kayang isipin, kayang gawin’!! Godspeed and blessings to all of you!
No word yet if Acosta is set to occupy a cabinet seat under the Aquino administration. Under the law, the new president can appoint a person who ran in the last elections after one year.
Acosta ran under the Liberal Party and supported the candidacy of LP standard bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Meanwhile, Acosta’s mother, former Manolo Fortich mayor Socorro “Coring” Acosta, also failed in her bid to regain the mayoralty seat in the said municipality.
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