Wanted: South district congressman: ‘People want new, younger leaders’

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Thursday, May 6, 2010


Jonathan Guardo
Kusug/Nacionalista Party

What legislation do you want to introduce immediately and why?

Number one, I want to create the South Road Properties (SRP) Development Authority. The city is mismanaged right now because we are paying P800 million every year for the SRP debt. Nagsige ta ug subsidize ana, mao nang rason nga wa ta kabayad sa punerarya, ang drainage wa maatiman, ang basura wa makolekta (Because of that debt, City Hall has not paid the funeral parlors for its free burial programs, the drainage has been ignored and garbage has gone uncollected.)
So, ato nang ilahi (we will set that aside). I want a body that will try to manage and that's the SRP Development Authority that I'm proposing.

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Do you favor or oppose moves to amend the 1987 Constitution? If yes, which provisions do you think should be amended? If no, why not?

I don't think that it's proper at this time that we keep on changing or amending the Constitution. I'm not keen on the idea of any Charter change.

How will you apportion your pork barrel (Priority Development Assistance Funds)?

Primarily for health, that's why I'm coming up with the campaign "Gusto ko Healthy" tungod kay mao gyud na'y clamor sa katawhan, ang ilang (because people are clamoring for attention to their) health care needs. I'd like to prioritize that in spending my pork barrel.

How prepared are you for the challenges of working in Congress? What traits or habits do you think will help you?

I've been preparing for this for the last three years, and I think I have the capability to become a good congressman. I have already proven that in my private life. I'm a businessman, I come from the private sector, I started my business from nothing. I started with a capital of P5,000 pero akong napadako (but that has grown). So, I believe that I'm up to the challenge of public service. I lost in the 2007 elections, nagpadayon gihapon ko sa pagserbisyo, daghan ko ug mga basic services nga gipanghimo (I continued to serve, to provide plenty of basic services), medical assistance, sports programs and more, and at the same time, I served as chairman of Cebu Southeast Asian Games Committee, which was very successful. I think those traits will prepare me for Congress.

Who are your most trusted advisers?

I cannot name them but they all belong to my family.

What do you think of the proposal to create a third district? If you favor it, how should the city be divided to create the new district?

That's actually my proposal, the creation of a third district. I'll call it the "eco-district" because in my proposal, the third district should be composed mostly of the mountain barangays, and I think we need three representatives in the city right now.

What are the three bills you will file first, if elected? Why these three?

Number one, to propose the creation of the SRP Development Authority. Number two, we will try to expand the micro-finance program and three, the creation of the third district. I explained the SRP Development Authority and the creation of the third district. As for micro-finance, nakita man gud nako ang dakong problema sa livelihood kon panginabuhi, dili lang sa syudad kon dili nationwide (I observed that the lack of livelihood is a huge problem, not just in the city but nationwide).

What is your stand on the reproductive health bill?

I'll go with the church. I'm against it because the reproductive health bill is all about population control. I have noticed that the trend right now, in countries that have big populations like China, Brazil and India, they are able to fully take advantage of their human resources to improve or propel their economy. The bigger the population, the better the economy. We have seen that, contrary to those ideas propagated by the proponents of the bill.

Please tell us about your leadership style. Who are the leaders you look up to?

I admire the leadership skills of (US President) Barack Obama; he is a very charismatic figure, and he has been able to rally his supporters around him in pushing for the legislative agenda that he wanted in the White House. So, I'd like to emulate him. I think he is a good example for me and for everybody else.

Why should voters pick you and not your opponent?

Well, ako nang napakita sa katawhan nga (I have shown the people that) even after I lost in the 2007 elections, nagpadayon gihapon ko sa pagserbisyo (I continued to serve), and second, there's a clamor for change in this election kay sa miaging mga eleksyon, duha ra gyud na ka pamilya nagpuli-puli, Osmeña ug Cuenco (in the past elections, only two families, the Osmeñas and the Cuencos have taken turns getting elected) and I think people want to try new leaders, young blood and new politics.

Wanted south district congressman ‘people want new younger leaders’

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