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 called on its Southeast Asian neighbours to unite in urging China to halt reclamation of land in the South China Sea, but the call failed to raise widespread support ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas. Its claims overlap with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in filling in land in contested territory …