By Hannah Torregoza
Senatorial aspirant lawyer Larry Gadon said he strongly feels that the job of being a senator would be easy-peasy for him.
Gadon, who filed the impeachment case that eventually ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, said as such during the Harapan 2019, the ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debates.
“Ako po ay isang abogado, at dahil ang Senado ay (tungkol sa )paggawa ng batas, nararamdaman ko na kayang kaya kong maging senador,” said Gadon.
Should he win in the upcoming May 2019 midterm elections, the lawyer said one of the primary policies he would pursue is lowering the cost of electricity.
“Ang unang-una kong gagawin ay ang pagpapababa ng kurynte. Dahil ito ang nagpapahirap sa mga tao at (ang pagpapababa nito)ay ito rin ang magpapalakas ng ating industriya (The first thing I will push would be to lower the cost of electricity. Because this is the number one that burdens the people and I believe lowering power rates would also strengthen our industries),” Gadon reiterated.
Gadon also vowed to prioritize legislative agenda that would improve food and agriculture sector which, he said, have also poorly performed over the years, primarily also due to the high cost of electricity.
He lamented that the Philippines is having difficulty attracting foreign investors due to the high cost of electricity in the country and thus, affects the government’s job generation program and promotes contractualization in the workforce.
“There are about 42 million in the labor force here in the Philippines, 56 percent is in the service sector, and the reason why there is still ‘endo’ because some companies are only here for a short term .. the solution there is to strengthen the industrial sector which is only 18 percent,” Gadon pointed out.
“Eighteen (18) percent lang because we cannot attract foreign investors because they are turned off with our high electricity rates and our peace and order situation,” he explained.
Gadon said the only way to “increase the regular workforce” would be to fix the country’s peace and order situation and make electricity more affordable for investors.
“If that happens, there would be more regular jobs available and those in the service sector would transfer to the industrial sector. That is one of the solution,” he said. #MatalinongBoto2019