CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Three senatorial aspirants from different parties who visited the province this week separately bared their plans if ever they make it to the Senate come May 2010.

On Friday morning, Adel Tamano of the Nacionalista Party (NP) held a press conference at King’s Royale Leisure Park and Hotel in Cabalantian, Bacolor after extending his sympathies to the heirs of the late Board Member Ceferino “Pinong” Laus.

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During the brief conference, Tamano, who currently heads the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, told Sun.Star Pampanga that he would focus on programs in education, aside from addressing the concerns of the Muslim communities in the country, if ever he gets elected as senator.

“I would want to uplift the state of education in the country. Free collegiate education is a prime necessity because it is always equated with investments and employment. We all know that the lack of education is the root of poverty, that is why my top priority, as I go around different universities in the country, is the welfare of our students,” he said, adding it would take a lot of effort for him as a fresh face in the political arena despite coming from a family of tested public servants.

Lawyer Raul Lambino of Lakas-Kami-CMD, on the other hand, said his priority would be the development of infrastructure and programs for the agriculture sector.

“I am from Pangasinan and I am well aware of the lack of programs and projects for our farmers who are our basic providers of food and basic staples. Coupled with this is the development of usable infrastructure for them. Of course, this is but one of the many plans we have in mind aside from the economy and investments and employment generation,” Lambino said.

Kapampangan broadcaster Rey Langit, for his part, said he would be the “voice of transparency” once he gets to the Senate.

“I would definitely advocate for greater press freedom and the welfare of our colleagues in the media so that the incident in Maguindanao will not happen again,” said Langit whose roots he traces in Sta. Rita and Macabebe.

Langit is likewise running under the Lakas-Kampi-CMD slate. (JTD)