Enrile vows more foreign investments in northern Luzon if re-elected to Senate

Published March 23, 2019, 1:14 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Mario Casayuran

Former Senate President and senatorial candidate Juan Ponce Enrile has renewed his commitment to strengthen development in Luzon’s northern quadrant by bringing in foreign investments.

Juan Ponce Enrile (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Juan Ponce Enrile (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Enrile said he was sad that people continue to be burdened by the high prices of goods, taxes imposed on fuel and other primary commodities, and high cost of transportation and electricity.

‘’All of these things I intend to investigate and address in the Senate,” the veteran lawmaker said’ He is seeking a fifth term in the 24-man Senate.

“My foremost objective is to bring more investments here to boost growth in the industries of agriculture, food production, and manufacturing,” Enrile vowed during his rally with voters in Tuguegarao City who pledged to drum up the support of the “Solid North”.

“For instance, the growth of infrastructure, our tilapia industry, fruit industry, and tourism here is continuous, but we need to keep the momentum going. More capital will bring in more jobs, higher income, and more opportunities for all of you,” he said.

The Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) vowed to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution once elected back to the Senate in the May midterm elections in order to bring in more investments. Enrile is running under the PMP banner.

This, according to him, would create more jobs, drive up consumption, and fast-track economic progress in the region.

“Many of who you work in Metro Manila or abroad don’t have to leave anymore because your livelihood will be here,” he said.

In his speech, the veteran lawmaker also recalled his childhood growing up in the region.

“My mother was the stepdaughter of a fisherman here in Gonzaga, in Cagayan, where I was born. Since I was born in 1924, so many things have changed here in the North. There’s progress,” Enrile said.

 
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