Sen. Bongbong speaks his mind during ‘Kapihan sa Senado’

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Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has expressed his views on several issues hounding the Philippines.

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, during the Senate’s “Kapihan sa Senado” breakfast forum, the Senator aired his opinion about current issues like the arrests of Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, and the possible arrest of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

“Well, it is unfortunate. Hindi naman natin akalain na mangyayari iyan sa mga senador,” he said.

Sen. Bongbong said Enrile is in need of constant medical attention, emphasizing that the court should consider his health condition and advanced age in deciding whether he will be jailed or put in hospital detention.

Sen. Bongbong gave assurance that the Senate will be able to function even without the three, although he admitted their detention may affect daily routine.

“Yes, maaapektuhan, (but) we will be able to adjust. I am sure we will continue to function and do our jobs efficiently in a timely fashion as they say,” he said.

The Senator also answered queries regarding the second regular session of the 16th Congress which will open next month, upcoming state-of-the-nation-address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III , 2016 elections, Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), high price of garlic, and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and America.

A member of the Nationalista Party, Sen. Bongbong reiterated that it’s still too early to decide whether or not he will seek a higher position.

“Again, paulit-ulit naman sasabihin ko sa inyo…hindi pa panahon para pag-isipan mga ganyan. There’s two years left in this term, there’s still so much to be done,” he said. Sen Bongbong stated, however, that he will be a candidate in 2016.

Asked whether the President will include the three senators in his SONA, Sen. Bongbong replied: “Let us not speculate kasi we don’t know what he is going to say.”

The Senator also called on the government, particularly the Department of Agriculture, to find ways and means to resolve the problem on the scarce supply and price of garlic, which has gone up tremendously.

“Maraming pinapasok na garlic na illegally imported. So that has had an effect on the price of garlic. That has had an effect on the market for garlic,” he said.
On the BBL, Sen. Bongbong hopes that the Senate will be able to start discussing the issue as soon as possible.

“Siguro naman, by the time we come back, kapag nag-session na ulit ang Senado at House (of Representatives), siguro the Bangsamoro Basic Law will already be there. I think it will not be as contentious in the Senate as it is already in the House kasi siyempre may parochial concerns ang mga congressmen,” he said.

Sen. Bongbong also clarified that he is not opposed to EDCA but only wants clarity on some vague provisions. He also said EDCA cannot be a factor in the conflict between China and the Philippines regarding the West Philippine Sea.

“That’s strictly between China and the Philippines. The only parties who can solve that problem or resolve that situation are China and the Philippines. Everyone else is welcome to make suggestions. But at the end of the day, it will be an agreement between China and the Philippines that will resolve this issue,” Sen. Bongbong said.

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