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Roque: Vote Straight UniTeam

Senatorial candidate Harry Roque urged voters to elect all UniTeam’s candidates on May 9 to ensure the swift implementation of Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos and Sara Duterte’s national agenda of unity and progress.

Roque said a straight UniTeam ticket voting, particularly in the Senate, would weed out obstructionist politicians and install new legislators to lift Filipinos out of the pandemic and other economic threats.

“I appeal to BBM-Sara supporters to vote for all UniTeamcandidates to expedite national recovery. A unified set of leaders can also build on the Duterte administration programs such as infrastructure development and neutralizing criminality,” he said.

The former presidential spokesman added that voters should discard overstaying politicians who did not support the government’s pandemic response from their ballot list.

Roque thanked Marcos, the TeamUnity standard-bearer, for adopting his advocacy to streamline universal health care coverage, which enabled the vaccination of 65.8 million Filipinos against Covid-19 as of March this year.

He is pushing for a creation of a National Health Service (NHS) to end corruption and abolish the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

“Let’s stop the practice of ghost treatments, medical upcasing, and unpaid hospital claims. Let’s continue going after corrupt officials and their accomplices,” he said.

“We need to start clean through the NHS. We don’t need an insurance agency to implement the healthcare law. If we need to hire fresh graduates to help run the health service, so be it.”

The health and human rights advocate added that the NHS would guarantee the access of all Filipinos to free treatment and medicines, which is similar to the citizens of the United Kingdom and Thailand.

Roque principally authored the Universal Health Care act as a party-list representative in the 17th Congress. Under the law, the government has a budgetary commitment to pay for the full medical bill of ailing Filipinos.

If elected to the Senate, Roque vowed to support the anti-poverty program of the Marcos-Duterte tandem through his legislative agenda on ‘zero hunger’ and the right to potable water by 2028.

“We are going back to basics through food, water, and health to help lower the country’s poverty rate within six years. We will employ the entire-government approach and even multi-sectoral coordination to address this issue,” he said.

Based on the December 2021 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, some 26 million Filipinos live below the poverty line.

Roque’s platform also includes job creation for pandemic-affected workers, a ‘three-day’ court hearing rule, and a Victims Compensation Fund for heinous crimes victims.

He would also push for a supplemental budget to the 2022 General Appropriations Act to assist the livelihood rehabilitation of typhoon Odette victims in the central and southern Philippines.


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