Neri Colmenares joins Senate race in 2022 polls

Published October 7, 2021, 11:12 AM

by Gabriela Baron

Bayan Muna chairman and human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares filed his certificate of candicacy (COC) for senator in the May 2022 polls on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares (Photo from Comelec)

He will attempt to have a seat in the upper chamber under the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) bloc, composed of socio-civic partylists including Bayan Muna, Gabriela, ACT Teachers, Kabataan, and Anakpawis.

Colmenares, on his third attempt at the legislative post, hit the government’s failed pandemic response and vowed to push for free mass testing and a strengthened contact tracing system should he get elected.

“Isasabatas natin ang mga sistema na mas tutugon sa mga sulinaring problemang kalusugan. Ang ayaw gawin ni President Duterte sa kabila ng kaliwa’t kanang pangungutang, isasabatas natin. Mula libreng COVID testing hangga’t sa iba’t ibang pagpapagamot sa ibang sakit na hindi mag-alala sa gastusin (We will legislate systems that better respond to health problems. What President Duterte does not want to do despite left and right debt, we will legislate. From free COVID testing to various treatments for other diseases so the public won’t have to worry about expenses),” Colmenares said.

“Isang batas na naglalayong gawing libre ang ospitalisasyon ng ating mahihirap. Libreng gamot, pagamot, at ano mang medically necessary na operasyon kasama na ang kidney transplant o chemotherapy. Kung hinangad ng marami ang libreng edukasyon, itutulak din natin ang libreng pagamot at libreng gamot (We will legislate a law that aims to make hospitalization for the poor free. Free medicine, treatment, and any medically necessary surgery including kidney transplant or chemotherapy. If many seek free education, we will also push for free treatment and free medicine),” he added.

Colmenares ran but lost in the 2019 midterm elections, coming in as 24th with over 4.6 million votes.

 
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