OAKLAND, California — The first Filipino American elected to a public post in this city invoked a concept most emblematic of her ancestral homeland at her installation.
When Nikki Fortunato Bas swore in Jan. 7 as representative of District 2 on the Oakland City Council, she heralded People Power thrice in her vow to govern by making decisions not for, but with, her constituents.
She knows about the bloodless revolution that ousted the 20-year Marcos dictatorship, and her recurring phrase embodies the spirit behind her intention to runfor public office.
“My reference to people-powered government stems more from my work over the past 12 years contesting for power in…
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