Veteran journalist Jiggy Manicad files COC for senator
Marje Pelayo • October 17, 2018 • 2011
Media personality Jiggy Manicad | Comelec photo
MANILA, Philippines — Rodrigo Defeo Manicad Jr. filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the senatorial race in the 2019 mid-term elections on Wednesday (October 17).
Known as Jiggy Manicad to his colleagues, the veteran journalist for 23 years said his everyday exposure to a number of societal issues pushed him to decide to enter the political arena.
“Ang nagtulak sa akin siguro po iyong aking araw araw na exposure sa mga isyu sa ating lipunan. Ang accountability ko sa GMA bilang aking employer. Para sa akin hindi po sapat iyon…obviously maraming kakulangan. Nakita ko na iyong limitation ng role ko as a media person,” he explained.
During the media briefing, Manicad detailed a number of points where he wants to focus on should he get a seat in the Senate.
These include the creation of a magna carta for rescue workers, incorporation of science and technology into disaster management, introduction of “culture hour” in media programming, and strengthening the spirit of nationalism, and OFW concerns.
Asked about his platform for his colleagues in the media, Manicad said: “May pagkakataon na may mga walang hazard pay. May mga reklamo about OT (overtime). So itong mga polisiyang ito, whether internal or external, with regard to labor laws ay dapat na-a-address. Marapat lamang na kung ikaw ay ipinadala sa lindol, sa isang super bagyo o sa giyera, marapat lamang na mayroon ka man lang maiuwi sa iyong pamilya. So doon muna ako magsisimula,” he explained.
Manicad was among the personalities supposed to be included in the ruling party PDP-Laban’s senatorial slate.
When asked why he still preferred to run as an independent candidate despite not being considered by the government party, he said being in a political party is not an issue with him.
“Ang motivation ko talaga is not really about the party, it’s really about public service,” he said. – Marje Pelayo
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – His decades of exposure to the recurring problems in the society prompted Rodrigo Defeo Manicad Jr. to gamble in Philippine politics.
Known simply as “Jiggy Manicad” , the broadcast journalist said he knows very well the root causes of these problems, but the opportunity for him to contribute change is limited as a media person than being a statesman. This is why he wants to take his chances in the 2019 midterm elections.
On the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, Manicad said he wants to widen his avenue to better serve the people.
“Siguro iyong issue lang nang pagtutok. Parang sa dami ng ng issue natin bilang bansa, hindi masyadong natututukan,” Manicad said when asked why he decided to go against the so-called big names in politics.
Like the previous senatorial aspirants who graced the program, Manicad wants to focus on providing solutions to the country’s problems in agriculture.
He suggests giving key agriculture positions in government to experts in the field than entrust its management to traditional politicians.
He wants to push measures that would improve the local farmers’ production to empower them and for their yields to compete with imported products.
“Ano ba nakikita natin ngayon? Mahal ang farm inputs—pesticide, abono. Lagyan natin ng ceiling yan sa presyuhan kasi yan ang mahal,” the senatorial hopeful argued.
Manicad added that he wants to establish policies that would strengthen the country’s disaster preparedness and capabilities in times of calamities where the government, he believes, is still lacking despite its high-level of accuracy in terms of weather and disaster forecasting.
Being a media personality, Manicad aims to address labor issues in media networks in the country.
Likewise, he wants to encourage these networks to promote good values and the richness of Filipino culture in television programs.
Being a rookie politician, the veteran journalist wants reform in the country’s electoral system hopefully by imposing stricter guidelines for election to give candidates’ equal opportunities even those who are budding politicians as himself. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
Si Pangulong Noynoy Aquino kasama ang mga pinarangalan ng “The Outstanding Young Men” para sa taong 2012. (Photo by: Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
MANILA, Philippines — Pinarangalan ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III ang pitong indibidwal sa kanilang natatanging kontribusyon sa bansa.
Kabilang sa mga tumanggap ng parangal ay ang mga sumusunod:
1. Emmeline Aglipay (public service)
2. Warren Baticados (veterinary medicine)
3. Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong (sports)
4. Abelardo Apollo David (community occupational rehabilitation)
5. Ivan Anthony Henares (heritage conservation)
6. Rodrigo “Jiggy” Manicad Jr. (broadcast journalism)
7. Allan “Apl.D.Ap” Pineda (contemporary music)
Umaasa naman si Pangulong Aquino na makatutulong sa pagpapaunlad ng bansa ang pitong indibidwal sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay inspirasyon sa mga Pilipino sa buong mundo.
“Beginning today you are no longer merely private individuals but symbols, symbols that clearly show our countrymen and the rest of the world that the Filipino is world class.”
Ang “The Outstanding Young Men” (TOYM) awards ay kumikilala sa mga indibidwal sa kanilang ginagawang serbisyo sa kapwa-tao at nagpapakita ng magandang halimbawa sa mga kabataan. (Nel Maribojoc & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
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