Federalism, death for corrupt officials among measures pushed by senatorial aspirants

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Eleven senatorial aspirants laid down their plans and priority measures should they win a seat in the Senate.

In the third ABS-CBN-Manila Bulletin Senatorial Town Hall Debate Sunday, 11 lesser-known candidates made a pitch to win the votes of the electorate on May 13.

Shariff Ibrahim Albani, chairman of the Movement for National Reconciliation says he will file a bill that will unite all people in the country, particularly Christians and Muslims.

Gerald Arcega, 42 of Batangas said corrupt government officials have no place in the world and deserve the death penalty.

Lawyer Allan Montaño also wants the death penalty for corrupt officials and will strive to create an investment fund for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to generate jobs.

Pastor and lawyer Marcelino Arias vowed to stop labor contractualization and eyes profit-sharing to increase the number of middle-class Filipinos. He will push for Freedom of Information to curb corruption in government.

Luther Meniano also vowed to end contractualization, poverty, and corruption and to create laws for tranquility, territory, and transparency.

Former newsboy now lawyer Sonny Matula aims to stop ‘endo’ (end of contract) and speed up the agrarian reform process.

Radio commentator Melchor Chavez of Kidapawan City, North Cotabato wants to push “land for the landless” which has been a persisting problem in the country.

Meanwhile, Charlie Gaddi is supporting President Duterte’s campaign for federalism saying it is a “new system that will bring about change.”

Businesswoman Emily Mallillin supports the shift to a federal form of government and wants Filipinos to support their own products.

Jonathan Baldevarona vowed to craft a law that will strengthen Filipino families.

Teacher Jesus Caceres says he will work to increase the allowances and incentives of teachers and write a law that would allow teachers to renew their license every five years. #MatalinongBoto2019