Alu­nan joins Duterte-led cam­paign sor­ties

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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