Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — As part of CNN Philippines’ ongoing series of senatorial forums, three senatorial aspirants appeared on stage to share their platforms and ideals:
Leody de Guzman, the chairperson of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, an organization that pushes for the rights and welfare of labor workers and unions in the Philippines; Larry Gadon, a member of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, a party affiliated with dictator Ferdinand Marcos; and Dan Roleda, a businessman previously associated with the United Nationalist Alliance, a party that is connected with former vice president Jejomar Binay.
Dr. Willie Ong, another senatorial candidate who appears on T.V. shows such as “Salamat Dok” and advocates for cheaper and free medicines, was also slated to appear but was not able to make it.
During the discussions, the three were asked about their views on the implementation of a national living wage, the release of the narco list, their possible solutions to the age-old traffic problem, and their proposed policies to protect and strengthen women’s rights, among many others.
The candidates were also given the time to share their priority legislations. De Guzman, who has pushed for the ending of contractualization in the country, made it clear that the first thing he would do once elected is to pass a bill that will regularize all the workers in the country. “Dahil bilang tao, ang mga tao regular ang kanilang pangangailangan sa araw-araw. Regular ang pagbayad ng tubig, ng tuition fee ng kanilang mga anak, ng rent sa bahay kaya dapat regular,” he says.
Gadon, on the other hand, plans to lower the electricity prices in the country and to give the power of governing energy sources to the State rather than to private companies. Once a senator, he also wishes to “correct” the political maturity of Filipinos. “Burahin na natin sa isipan na hero ang mga Aquino,” he explains. “‘Yung EDSA I na ‘yan, kalimutan na ‘yan sapagkat ‘yan ang nagpagulo sa ating bansa.”
Meanwhile, Roleda would like to focus on the Magna Carta on family. “Kasi naniniwala ako na dapat nating sagutin ang mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng bawat pamilya na nauukol sa edukasyon, kabuhayan, disenteng pamamahay, at pagkain,” he says.
Before the forum, CNN Philippines Life asked de Guzman, Gadon, and Roleda a few rapid fire questions on the principle they live by as well as their reasons for running, among others. The three, as most senatorial bets, share that they want to be part of the Upper House so they can serve the country and the Filipino people.
The first thing I’ll do if I win the elections is to appear before the crowd and thank them for the support that I have been given.
I knew I was called to become a public servant when President Duterte won and he advocated for real change. And then I thought of running for the Senate so I can support the changes that Duterte wants.
The first bill I will file if elected is to lower the electricity rates.
I want to become a senator because I want to serve the country.
A principle that I always live by is be good to your countrymen.
The first thing I’ll do if I win the elections is to study all the laws.
I knew I was called to become a public servant when I was born.
The first bill I will file if elected is the Magna Carta of women.
I want to become a senator because I want to serve the people.
A principle that I always live by is be honest.
Leody de Guzman
The first thing I’ll do if I win the elections is to pass the anti-contractualization law.
I knew I was called to become a public servant when I was elected [chairman of BMP].
The first bill I will file if elected is the anti-contractualization law for the labor.
I want to become a senator because I want to serve the workers and to become the voice of the workers inside the senate.
A principle that I always live by is to serve the people.