Alunan joins Duterte-led campaign sorties
NEGRENSE senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan III said he is now joining campaign sorties led by President Rodrigo Duterte after he was officially included by the latter’s list along with 11 other aspirants for the midterm elections in May.
Alunan, the former secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), said his inclusion as the 12th candidate was formally announced by the President in Binan, Laguna on Friday.
“I am very happy to be included in the President’s candidates. I am one of the seven guest candidates,” he said, adding that Partido Demokratiko Pilipino– Lakas ng Bayan (Pdplaban) has five candidates “so we are now complete.”
Alunan was with Duterte in Cebu last Sunday for a campaign sortie.
They were in Pampanga yesterday, and will be in Zamboanga on March 3.
From February 29 to March 1, the group will be in the Visayas but he is not certain yet if they will come to Negros on those dates.
Alunan said the President did not set any condition on his inclusion in the administration’s senatorial slate.
“It is purely his decision without any condition,” Alunan said in a radio interview yesterday.
His platform of governance, meanwhile, is based on four initiatives including nation building, protecting the people, securing the country, and sustaining the effort.
On the other hand, Alunan cautioned the government about open imports on rice and sugar.
“The agriculture sector should strengthen and fortify itself in terms of financial capability and technological know how so that it can withstand to the impact of imports,” Alunan advised.
He said it is now very expensive to do business in the country so the government has to work very hard in order to bring down the cost of production to enable farmers to compete.
“The cost of electricity in the country is very high. We lack irrigation, ping in technology, and assistance to the small farmers in terms of capacity building,” he stressed.
ENDORSEMENT. Former DILG Secretary Rafael Alunan (center) raises the hands of Mayor Evelio Leonardia (left) and Congressman Greg Gasataya who are both running for reelection at the sidelines of an assembly of about 50 barangay captains in Bacolod City recently. Alunan, who is running for senator, presented his platform of government during the activity. The village chiefs, who are identified with Grupo Progreso, lauded the gesture of Alunan, who hails from the city.