FORMER Senate President and senatorial candidate Juan Ponce Enrile on Sunday rallied Batangueño supporters in a whirlwind motorcade and meetings with provincial leaders in Balayan, Lian and Nasugbu.
Former Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and his daughter Rep. Eileen Ermita Buhain of Batangas’ 1st district hosted a breakfast at their Balayan residence for the former Senate president who is now seeking another term.
Enrile then proceeded to the Balayan covered court where the Eileen Buhain educational scholarships were awarded to deserving students.
From Balayan, Enrile swung by the scenic towns of Lian and Nasugbu where residents and tourists greeted him with shouts of “Gusto ko Happy ka,” Enrile’s trademark campaign slogan.
“Natutuwa ako at tumatak sa kaisipan ng mga tao yung ‘gusto ko happy ka’. Narito ako upang muling ipaliwanag ang aking mga hangarin para sa tuloy-tuloy na pag-unlad ng mga probinsya tulad ng Batangas,” he said as he thanked his Batangueño supporters for their warm welcome.
Enrile, running under the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) party, bats for the improvement of the Batangas port.
Enrile noted that Batangas, as an industrial and tourism hub of Calabarzon, needs a world-class port that could serve both its diverse industries and tourists.
“We need to improve the Batangas port. It is the gateway of many world-class products being made in Batangas and also a destination and stopover of many tourist vessels,” said Enrile on the sidelines of his visit.
He noted that products like glycerine; ball pens such as Montblanc, Cross, Bic, Pentel; and art supplies like Staedtler Mars, Faber Castell are made in Batangas and are being shipped out of the country through the port.
Batangas is also the gateway of tourists going to Mindoro, Boracay and Romblon.
Enrile also called for the production of Batangas’ Kapeng Barako to be enhanced to compete with other coffee beans in the world market.
“With the demand for coffee continuing to soar all over the world, the Philippines must make its local brands, such as Kapeng Barako, better to compete with international brands. If we open up the local coffee industry to more investments, we can make our coffee truly world-class,” Enrile explained.
“Higher demand for our coffee will, in turn, create more jobs and more profits for Batangueños and other Filipinos,” the veteran lawmaker added.