Escudero

Escudero: Time to unite, help Marcos admin

June 30, 2022 Camille P. Balagtas 109 views

SENATOR-elect Francis “Chiz” Escudero vowed to help the present government of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who was sworn in today as the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Escudero said it is “high time” Filipinos hold hand in hand to fight poverty and the country’s many challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the whole country.

Escudero assured that will help and work closely with the Marcos administration and his colleagues in the Senate to pass the government’s P5.2 trillion spending package for 2023 to pump prime the economy and provide the much-needed assistance to small businesses and the agriculture sector still hurting from the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Kailangan nating magtulong-tulong upang buhayin ang ekonomiya at maitaguyod ang tunay na kaunlaran para sa ating mga kababayan sa gitna ng napakaraming pagsubok na ating haharapin,” Escudero pointed out. “Madalas ko ngang sabihin na dapat all hands on deck tayo para sa mabilis na pagbangon at pag-ahon.”

Escudero was voted into office by more than 20 million Filipinos in the May 9 election to hand him his third fresh six-year mandate.

He served the Senate for two consecutive terms in 2007-2013 and 2013-2019.

The veteran legislator garnered 20.27 million votes and ranked 5th among more than 60 senatorial candidates who fought for the 12 seats in the last polls.

Escudero said he wants to be “the voice of the local government units” (LGUs) in the Senate when he returns to ensure that LGUs are empowered and autonomous as mandated in the 1987 Constitution and Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1992.

“Kagaya nang aking naipangako, ipaglalaban ko at tatanggalin ko ang lahat ng mga balakid kaugnay sa tunay na autonomiya ng mga lokal na pamahalaan,” Escudero said.

“Base sa aking karanasan bilang gobernador, maraming memorandum, circular at IRR ang inisyu ng DBM, COA, DILG, at iba’t-ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan na kung saan tinalian nila ng kamay ang mga lokal na pamahalaan at hindi nakamit ang tunay ng autonomiya na nakasaad sa Saligang Batas,” he added.