Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ocampo, Maza: We’ll watch Aquino presidency closely

Ocampo, Maza: We’ll watch Aquino presidency closely*
By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez

MANILA, Philippines--As they congratulated Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for his clear victory” in the presidential race, militant senatorial candidates Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza on Tuesday said they would be watching how the incoming President will work to solve the country’s most pressing woes.

“We congratulate president-elect Noynoy Aquino for his clear victory in the May 10 elections,” Ocampo and Maza said in a statement.

The two ran under the Nacionalista Party of Senator Manuel Villar, but have failed to make it to the top 12 as of latest canvassing.

Both served three terms in the House of Representatives under the party list system – Ocampo is from Bayan Muna and Maza is from Gabriela Women’s Party.

“As the nation welcomes a new administration, the challenge to address the problems of extremely low wages and job insecurity, landlessness and backward agrarian conditions in the countryside, the peace process, declining government social services, the much-hated value added tax (VAT), and the massive corruption in government and society will now put in focus what the incoming President will and can do,” they said.

The two lawmakers said the next administration should also immediately move to prosecute outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s alleged crimes.

“On our part, we will continue to stand by the people in closely watching how the new administration will address the aforementioned issues.” Ocampo and Maza said.

*Made last May 10 2010