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Consider candidates legislative background during elections – Roque

Harry Roque

UniTeam senatorial aspirant Harry Roque has appealed to the people to vote for congressional candidates who can craft laws for the greater good of Filipinos in the May 2022 elections.

Roque said that voters should give more weight to candidates’ legal minds and legislative experience than the entertainment value they can bring to the Senate.

“The Senate is about policy-making that has far-reaching implications,” Roque stressed. “When choosing national legislators, our kababayans should look beyond the song-and-dance skills or physical attributes of a candidate.”

“It would be ideal for lawmakers to be well-versed in local and international statutes as this will certainly inform their legislative priorities for our countrymen,” he also said.

During Roque’s short stint at the House of Representatives, 10 of 210 bills he sponsored were signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Roque authored landmark laws on Universal Health Care, HIV and AIDS, free irrigation, and free tertiary education in state colleges and universities.

He also crafted the laws on anti-hazing and free lunch for malnourished children.

Roque filed the bill on ‘libreng gamot, libreng pagamot,’ now known as the Universal Health Care Act. “on the first hour of the first day of the 17th Congress.” He said that ensuring its proper implementation is on top of his legislative agenda.

As a health care advocate, Roque said he would push for creating a National Health Service to replace the corrupt-ridden Philippine Health Insurance Corporation – PhilHealth.

Roque would also refile the “Zero Hunger” bill, which seeks to end hunger within seven years, and the Potable Water for All bill that gives the public access to safe drinking water.

As a human rights lawyer, Roque said he would bat for establishing a Victims Compensation Fund wherein the government automatically indemnifies murder victims and their surviving families.

Roque also vowed to bring back the “Inquisitorial System” to the Philippine legal system, making it mandatory for all court cases to be resolved within three days.


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