Loren Challenges VP Aspirants to a DebateFebruary 1, 2010
THE ONLY FEMALE VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IS CHALLENGING FELLOW CONTENDERS TO A DEBATE SIMILAR TO THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES.
Senator Loren Legarda today said that while the presidentiables are given the chance to outline their plans for the country and express their opinions on current issues through debates organized by The Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN, the vice presidentiables have not been given such opportunity.
“As vice presidential candidate, I want to speak before the public and share my advocacies. The person who would be second-in-command must have a solid platform for the country too. The people deserve to know their vice president’s opinions about the most pressing issues of the day and their platform for governance,” she said.
Loren, best known for her environment and climate change advocacy, is also pushing for reforms in GOVERNANCE, agriculture, education, health, and women and youth empowerment.
She authored of some of the country’s most significant laws, such as the Clean Air Act, Climate Change Act, Agri-Agra Law and the Solid Waste Management Act, the Barangay Livelihood and Skills Training Act, the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act, the Philippine Ear Research Institute Act, the Philippine Tropical Fabric Law, the Rubber Institute Law, the Anti-Child Labor Law, the Anti Trafficking in Persons Act, and the the Eid’ul Fitr Holiday Law.
“Let the elections be a battle of platforms and ideas. The Filipino people know my capability, goals and my convictions. They know where my heart belongs and I leave it up to the public to decide come May 2010,” said Loren.
She added, “I will not use mere popularity to promote my candidacy. I trust that the Filipinos are educated voters and will choose wisely. I have no other ambition than to serve the people and work for a prosperous, just and sustainable Philippine society.”