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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Imee Marcos aims to lower price of goods, remove VAT on meds if elected

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos believes it is unfair to burden sick people with high prices of medicines.

If given chance in Senate, Marcos said she would push for the removal of the 12% value added tax (VAT) not only in few medicines but in all medications.

“Bakit pa lalagyan ng buwis? Bakit pabibigatin pa? May sakit na nga yung tao kadalasan matanda, bakit mo pahihirapan pa?” the lady governor said during an interview in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Tuesday (February 5).

Marcos believes such proposal is possible since it has been imposed through the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

She added that poor Filipinos should enjoy the same privilege as the rich when it comes to the prices of goods.

She intends to help the agriculture sector similar to her father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, especially the farmers who primarily suffer during calamities.

One of the programs she wants to prioritize is the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which she intends to improve to Pantawid Ani which will provide aide to calamity-stricken farmers from 3 to 6 months.

“Ibuo mo ang sa DSWD, DOLE, sa iba’t-ibang pangkat ng pamahalaan at gawin mong Pantawid Ani kung nasalanta ng bagyo o kung nasira ang bahay, namatayan ng mga alagang animals, magtulong tulong,” Gov. Marcos said.

Governor Imee is in favor of a shift to federal form of government but she said the proposal is not necessary at this time given that the provisions of the measure remains unclear.

When asked about her views on Martial Law, Marcos said the situation at present is hugely different from the time of her father. She believed it is necessary given the situation in Mindanao but there is no reason for it in a nationwide scope.

One project his father initiated was the Bataan Nuclear Power plant. Governor Imee seemed to oppose its reactivation.

Instead, she prefers other alternative energy sources specifically the renewable ones such as solar, windmill, and hydroelectric power plant.

“Ang bill namin medyo bumaba higit sa lahat naging tuloy-tuloy. Naging patok pa sa turista,” she said referring to the lower energy rates they enjoy in Ilocos Norte because of renewable energy sources they established.

What needs to be done, Marcos said, is to review the country’s Renewable Energy Act to be fair to the government. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Senator-elect Marcos to prioritize laws on poverty alleviation, agriculture

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Imee Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – If Senator-elect Imee Marcos were to be asked, she would choose to chair the Senate Committee on Social Welfare as she wants to focus on crafting bills that would help alleviate poverty.

“Gusto ko sana social welfare,” the incoming senator said during an interview with the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Friday (May 31).

“Titingnan natin ang 4Ps kasi dapat i-expand iyong work tapos ibabagsak ang presyo, importante iyon,” she added.

But in consideration of the more senior senators, Marcos said it will depend on the decision of Senator Joel Villanueva who currently chairs the Social Welfare Committee if he would give up the chairmanship.

Nevertheless, the senator-elect said she is still okay with the Senate Committee on Local Government as it also fits her credentials having years of experience in local governance.

Despite the controversies thrown against her and her family, Marcos ranked eight in the 2019 senatorial race with over 15,800,000 votes.

When the 18th Congress begins, Senator-elect Marcos said she would prioritize measures on lowering poverty incidence in the country, land reform, and peace and order or the anti-terror bill among others.

“Land reform agad-agad. Iyong wala nang utang utang (kundi) ibigay na ang lupa. Hahanap tayo ng Sistema dyan,) she noted.

Marcos also wants to amend the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and push for more Cash-for-Work programs instead of the ‘dole-out’ scheme.

She said she supports the establishment of a Department of Water to address the country’s water problem as well as measures for agricultural development and lowering the price of basic commodities.

She also wants to amend the current Solo Parent Law and push for more benefits for single parents.

“Dahil walang masaydong benepisyo ang mga nanay na mag-isa. Mahirap kasi. It’s hard to bring up kids by yourself,” she explained.

Marcos admitted she is against the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC), a preference contrary to the Duterte administration.

She would support, however, measures that would establish a mandatory citizenship service instead of mandatory military service.

“Citizenship training na hindi pinipilit na maging military dahil hindi po pwedeng pilitin ang tao na maging sundalo,” she explained.

“I can bring another perspective to the issue. Hindi pwedeng pilitin ang bata (na maging sundalo) pero iyong citizenship ng isang Pilipino, iyong pagiging makabayan, iyon kailangan at agree ako na gawing mandatory iyon,” she added.

She wants an increase in tobacco and other sin taxes; reinstate the death penalty for drug-related crimes; extend the term of barangay officials and synchronize elections with the national level; benefits for retiring local officials; reform Sangguniang Kabataan system; and, the establishment of the Department of Overseas Filipino Worker.

When asked if she would revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, a known legacy of his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, the incoming senator said it is not necessary as there are alternative sources of energy similar to the windmills of Ilocos Norte. – (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Senate President Sotto still enjoys support of colleagues in 18th Congress

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

Senate President Vicente Sotto III

With the opening of Congress on July 22, new faces in the Senate and the House of Representatives will have their mettle tested in the world of politics.

Neophyte senators Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Christopher “Bong” Go, Imee Marcos and Francis Tolentino, who form part of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-PDP bloc, are ready to set foot in the Senate.

Amid rumors of division in the Senate on committee chairmanship, Senator Cynthia Villar’s name has been floating to be the bloc’s bet for Senate Presidency.

Majority of the incumbent senators, however, have signified their support to the current leadership of Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

 “I think Sen. Sotto will keep the Senate presidency,” said Senator Richard Gordon.

In a text message, Senator-elect Bong Go, stressed that he doesn’t know of any move that is pushing anyone in the Senate leadership, particularly that of Senator Villar.

Even Senator Villar, herself, said that she is not interested to become the Senate president.

Senate President Sotto, on the other hand, stated that even the mentioned incoming senators have also expressed their support to him.

He admitted that the support of his colleagues in the Senate is very crucial in his leadership.

“The Senate presidency is always at the pleasure of the members of the majority,” he added.

Other names floating to possibly replace Senator Sotto in the Senate leadership are that of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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Marcos scion now unopposed in Ilocos Norte after Fariñas’ withdrawal from race

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

(L-R) Marcos’ grandson, Matthew Manotoc and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas

MANILA, Philippines – Marcos scion Matthew Manotoc is now awaiting proclamation as the successor of his mother, incumbent Governor Imee Marcos in Ilocos Norte.

This, after the withdrawal of candidacy of the family’s arch-rival, Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas on Monday (April 30).

The former House majority leader filed his notice of withdrawal before the provincial office of Commission on Elections (Comelec).

 “I did not really want to run for any office as I want to retire on June 30, after 39 years since I started as Laoag City mayor on March 3, 1980 at the age of 28,” he told House reporters on Tuesday (May 1) through a chat message.

“58 days na lang, FREEDOM!” the lawmaker declared. – Marje Pelayo

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