By Razec Jose Val A. Borja
With a Lasallian auditorium stacked to the brim, senatoriables Shariff Albani, Ka Leody De Guzman, Samira Gutoc, Erin Tanada, and RJ Javellana took the stage to address the issues of national concern in front of the academics and students in attendance in De La Salle University Manila on Friday.
In five rounds of pure wit, the senate hopefuls addressed every concern one issue at a time. From the territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea to the demand for Same Sex Marriage, the candidates exhibited their platforms and intent should they be elected for a seat after May 18 in front of the Green Archers and guests in attendance.
Asked to comment on Hugpong ng Pagbabago Chairman Sara Duterte’s remarks about honesty, Albani, Peace Advocate and businessman, highlighted that the root of the problems in the Philippines is in dishonesty itself. Javellana seconded this by explaining that honesty is the foundation of true leadership. De Guzman was also on board with this as he explained that dishonest leaders have no place in the government.
Liberal Party senatorial bets, Tanada and Gutoc, took the statements a step further by saying that the Presidential Daughter was clearly protecting Former President Ferdinand Marcos’ daughter, Imee Marcos.
Gutoc went as far as advising Duterte to “please go back to school” which earned thunderous applause from listening students.
Other issues the candidates took on was the water shortage plaguing the Metro in the past few days, the Kaliwa Dam displacement of Indigenous People, reinstitution of the Death Penalty, Pork Barrel, Federalism, and other critical concerns.