Otso Diretso candidates re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino and former Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada vowed to push for reforms that would uplift the lives of poor Filipinos if given an opportunity to serve again in Congress.
Once re-elected, Aquino said he will continue to push for legislation that would give Filipinos more opportunities for livelihood and quality education.
As an incumbent senator, Aquino was able to pass 36 laws. One of these was the act granting free tuition in state colleges and universities, of which he was principal author in the Senate.
Aquino also spearheaded the passage of the Go Negosyo Act, which sought to create more job opportunities for poor Filipinos by strengthening micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
“Iyong focus ho natin diyan—at ito rin ho iyong ating 2013 campaign promise natin—Trabaho, Negosyo, Edukasyon. Pagbibigay ng pansin sa mga batas na magbibigay ng trabaho, tutulong sa mga nagnenegosyo at magbibigay ng dekalidad at abot-kayang edukasyon sa ating mga kababayan,” Aquino said over VP Leni’s weekly radio show BISErbisyong LENI on DZXL-RMN 558 on Sunday.
“Iyong liderato po na mayroon si [Vice President Leni Robredo], iyon rin po iyong tipo ng mga batas ho na gusto nating isulong—iyong mga nagbibigay ng pag-asa, nagbibigay ho ng pagkakataon sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tañada’s main platform is to address the difficulties faced by poor farmers by increasing agricultural centers all over the country.
The former Quezon district representative lamented that while most politicians vow to address poverty, it remains deeply entrenched in the country.
“Sa tagal ng pag-uusap tungkol sa kahirapan, bakit nandiyan pa rin ang kahirapan? Sa tingin ko, hindi talaga pinag-uusapan ang mga dapat maging solusyon sa kahirapan. At iyon ang dala po natin,” Tañada said during the show.
Aside from Tañada and Aquino, Otso Diretso senatorial bets include human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, peace advocate Samira Gutoc, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.