QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – In his bid for president, former world boxing champion and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao presents himself as the right choice for clean governance and finding a solution to end poverty .
In the Chatroom interview with Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Martin Andanar, broadcast on March 22, Pacquiao outlined his plans and platforms if he wins the 2022 election. Among them are building a mega prison for corrupt officials, free housing and job creation.
The presidential aspirant listed some of the 22 points of his plan for the country. These are housing, education, agricultural development, sustainable livelihoods, technology, transport and health.
Some of Pacquiao’s health programs include building tertiary hospitals even in the provinces, improving health centers in barangays, and providing the elderly with free hospitalization, medical checkups, and subsidy for maintenance drugs. in addition to their usual discounts.
The senator believed that the country’s non-tax revenues should be increased to provide funds to the government and help alleviate poverty. He added that increasing non-tax revenues would prevent the imposition of higher taxes, which would lead to price hikes for goods and services that would impoverish the poor.
When asked about the country’s education system, Pacquiao pointed out that the government should boost internet connection and provide every student with a gadget to help them with their studies, especially amid the development of global technology.
Pacquiao paid tribute to President Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program, saying development is really important to help the public, especially in Mindanao. He speculated that with this type of project, the government can generate more jobs and opportunities for Filipinos, which could help the country put an end to the insurgency.
If Pacquiao wins the May election, he assured the public he would create a “peace group” to resolve the maritime dispute over the resource-rich Western Philippine Sea.
“I’m sure China has always been known, and I’m banned the same way. It is important to solve the problem. Basta can pag-uusap, can pagkaka-intindihan,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao stressed the need to root out corruption in the system to prevent similar situations from happening in the future. Among these measures is the strengthening of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC). (JAFD/PIA-IDPD)