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Why Mommy Samira Gutoc is in My List of Senators for May 2022


The national elections on May 2022 are looming and every day, we are bombarded with so many news articles about local and national candidates. Throw in fake news, memes, trolls, and social media feeds have become a frenzied mix of information that somehow resembles graffiti in my mind. It takes a lot of effort to sort through this political mudslinging to get to know the best choices among those presenting themselves. One of the lesser-known senatorial bets that we need to take a look into is Mommy Samira Gutoc #32. She is running under the Aksyon Demokratiko ticket with Yorme Isko Domagoso as the Presidential aspirant. Read more about her.

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~ Samira Gutoc is the much-needed voice of Muslims in the Senate. ~

Who is Samira Gutoc?

Mommy Samira Gutoc, more popularly known as Ate Sam, has worked with an array of stakeholders in society for more than 20 years. She had been a journalist, speaker, consultant, environmentalist, trainer, and civil society leader. As a lawyer, she had also been a former legislator in the ARMM as well as a peace advocate. Moreover, she is a champion for the rights of women and those Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

In 2017, she was nominated as Inquirer’s Filipino of the Year for her expose on human rights violations in Marawi. She was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) for Socio-Cultural and Youth Development by the Junior Chamber International (JCI). Moreover, she is also recognized as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan.

Why si Ate Sam?

In the Senate, I believe that all regions and major people groups should be rightfully represented. Ate Sam will be the much-needed Muslim representation in the Senate.

But she is not just any woman. As you get to know her, you will realize that she has done so many things for her people and for women, most especially. She has a proven track record as a socio-civic worker as well as the voice and fighter of both women’s and children’s rights.

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~ Get to know Mommy Samira Gutoc. ~

Currently, she heads “Ako, Bakwit”, for the rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). She is also a peace warrior who spearheads inter-faith dialogues.

Learn more about her and her accomplishments and why she is relevant in the new normal.

A Woman for Women Empowerment

Ate Sam was a key actor as a speaker and lobbyist in pushing policies on Gender and Development (GAD), Women in Peace and Security (LNAP), Women in the Army and PNP.

Currently, she highlights the value of women IDP organizers and leaders, and the protection of widows and orphans.

As if these are not enough, she also chaired the anti-crime watch movement Kazalimbago Movement since 20016. Its sister group Ranao Rescue Team (RRT), assisted in helping the rescue of Marawi priest Fr. Chito Soganub, among other hostages and thousands of trapped civilians during the May siege.

Moreover, Ate Sam is the spokesperson of Ranao Rescue Team which assisted the government and survivor families of missing and dead persons from the siege. Her efforts have been recognized as she was recently awarded the UN Development Programme N-Peace Award as a community organizer in Marawi City.

Towards highlighting the evacuees’ situation, their rights, and their humanitarian situation, she has been a resource person to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times. She has also appeared on Al Jazeerah.

Other Associations

Ate Sam has been very active and vocal about the different advocacies she believes in. She was a former member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission that drafted the Bangsamoro Basic Law. She was also a former director of Amanah Islamic Bank.

In the previous administration, she was appointed as OIC sectoral representative for women in the ARMM Legislative Assembly. She also served as a Member of the Philippine Army (PA) Multi -Sectoral Advisory Board.

~ Why si Ate Sam? I think her good grasp of the relevant issues in society will bring about laws that can improve our country’s plight. ~

In February 2020, she co-founded Ako Bakwit, Inc., a rights organization, where she is currently serving as the Chair. It aims to promote and protect the rights and welfare of the internally displaced people in our country.

Education and Personal Life

Samira Gutoc obtained her degrees in Communication and Masters in International Studies at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman. She finished her law degree at the Arellano School of Law and acquired a fellowship program at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies.

Samira is married to Engineer Abdul Maomit Tomawis and has a three-year-old son.

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13 thoughts on “Why Mommy Samira Gutoc is in My List of Senators for May 2022

  1. Thanks for the info ma. Sobrang laking help nitong blogpost mo para makilala nang mas nakararami si Senator aspirant Samira Gutoc at ang kanyang nagawa, layunin at plataporma para sa ikakaunlad ng bansa at karapatan ng kababaihan. Katulad nya ang kailangan ng ating bansa. Kabilang din sya sa listahan ng mga senador na aking iboboto ngayong eleksyon.

    1. Thanks for sharing po mommy .. mas lalo pa namin nakilala si maam Samira Gutoc .. Maganda ang kanyang layunin at plataporma .. good luck and stay safe po

  2. Background check at alamin kung ano mga accomplishments nila. Iboto ang karapat dapat. 😊 Sa blog na to nakilala namin kung sino si Sen.Samira Gutoc, kung ano ang nagawa niya, ang mga layunin niya at ang mga ipinaglalaban niya para sa mga kababaihan.

  3. Thanks for the info ma.,sana madani pa kyong matulongan dito,lalong lalo na at malapit na ang eleksyon,ayun LNG po salamat😊🥰🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  4. Sa totoo lang Mommy , ayoko na talagang bumoto dahil na rin sa mga nangyayari ngayon ..Puro corruption at pagpaparinigan ang kanilang ginagawa , pero after reading this article nagkaroon ako ng pag-asa . Pag-asa na baka pwede pang mabago ng mga susunod na mahahalal ang gobyerno. Nakaka amaze si Senatorial aspirant Samira Gutoc , dahil sa dami na ng kanyang mga nagawa at mga pwede pang gawin kapag siya ay nahalal . Kaylangan natin ng isang katulad niya para maging boses nating mga kababaihan at mga kabataan ..

  5. Honesty. Integrity. Compassion. Morality. Christ-centeredness. Love. These are the values that we Filipinos all share. This is the spirit of our country. Together, we defend it by supporting the candidate who upholds the epic battle for the soul of our nation. LET Samira Gutoc LEAD ng #AksyonDemokratiko

  6. Very informative itong post mo mommy Sig about senatorial aspirant mam Samira Gutoc,this is already a background checking for what she contribute in our country.I love her platform especially Human Rights violation.I think she can do better in the senate.

    1. #EmpoweredWomen..
      Kelangan natin Ang boses ng Isang matapang na magiging bagong senator ng bansa.
      Vote wisely..
      Alamin Ang background at plataporma para sa ating mahal na bansa.
      Thank you mommy Sig 😊 big help Ang blog nato para mas namin si mommy Samira..good luck po

  7. Thanks for sharing about ate Sam Ma, dahil sa blog mo nakilala namen sya at making bibigyan po natin sya ng pagkakataon na patunayan sa buong mundo ang kanyang galing at talento kaya Go for ate Sam!

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