AMID continuing exchanges between senatorial candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) and the eight “Otso Diretso” bets of the Liberal Party (LP), former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said that he is at the “center” in terms of political leanings in order to be the voice of the Filipino people as he spoke to voters from Western and Central Visayas.
“I am not with HNP or Otso Diretso. I am with the Filipino people. I am at the center of politics in the Republic of the Philippines in the elections this year to be a voice to the people in the Senate so that they know what is really happening to this country,” Enrile stated at a speech in San Enrique, Iloilo on Monday during the Visayas leg of his campaign.
According to the four-term senator, he will focus on determining the root causes of the country’s most pressing problems if elected this year for a fifth term in the upper house.
“I will find out why the prices of electricity, fuel and water are increasing. I also want to find out why the government is allowing the importation of sugar and other foods from other countries. That is dangerous,” the veteran lawmaker warned his Ilonggo supporters.
“I will be the people’s voice in the Senate to question why the government is allowing that. That is the reason why, at 95 years old, I am still fighting to serve the country,” Enrile added.
The former Senate President also highlighted that he is running not for riches, glory, or power, but to be the voice of the Filipino masses.
On the sidelines of his sortie, Enrile mentioned that he is in talks with locals of Iloilo and Cebu in order to gain insights on the impact of El Niño in the region.
“Because of El Niño, the water supply is dwindling. Thousands of farmers are affected because of the destruction this brings to their crops, and that’s a concern because Visayas is a major producer of rice,” Enrile explained.
He added, “Parusa na naman ito sa taumbayan dahil hindi tayo handa kung may El Niño. This is one of the problems that I intend to prioritize in the Senate.”
On Monday, Enrile met with Iloilo Rep. Frejenel Biron and attended forums in Passi and San Enrique.
He then proceeded to Cebu on Tuesday and Wednesday for courtesy calls on Talisay Mayor Eddie Gullas and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Boy Radaza, an activity with local leaders, and a visit to Carcar City Public Market.