Unlike Senator-elect Nancy Binay, the wife of former Senate President Manuel “Manny” Villar is not feeling nervous about reporting for work in the Senate come July.
Former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar said she does not feel intimidated by veteran senators like Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
“I was in congress for nine years so more or less I have an idea (how work is going to be in the Senate) and I’m married to a senator. Alam ko din kung anong gingawa nila dun),” Villar said.
At the sidelines of her proclamation on Saturday evening, Villar said she is confident she can debate with Enrile and Santiago if needed so she can push for her advocacies.
She vowed to re-file the bills that her husband failed to pass in Senate like the legislation pushing for the creation of Department for Overseas Filipino Workers in the 16th Congress.
“I will push for aking Hanep Buhay. And of course, we were going to ask the farmers to make sure effective ang legislation sa agriculture and fisheries, modernization act, yung incentive to small, micro and medium enterprises at tsaka yung incentives to industries that will be labor-intensive para sa employment,” Villar said.
Villar, who consistently ranked 5th to 7th during the senatorial surveys during the campaign period, said she was glad to be proclaimed as senator even if she was only able to place 10th in the senatorial count.
The Philippines is to upgrade a navy base facing disputed South China Sea waters to serve the extra ships being acquired to protect its territory, the military said Thursday. Navy spokesman Lieutenant-Commander Gregory Fabic said the military would build a 500-million-peso ($11.2 million) port at Ulugan Bay, the Philippine military base nearest to the Spratly Islands. President Benigno Aquino is set to visit the base on May 20 to launch the upgrading, Fabic added. In recent years, the …