SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago guaranteed Tuesday that all Filipinos will "feel secure" if she becomes president in 2016.
“The Filipino people will feel secure under my administration. They will feel secure at home, on the streets and their place of work. My administration will aggressively fight the war against illegal drugs that proliferate in most cities and towns in the city,” said Santiago in her speech at a presidential forum in Pasay City.
“My administration will bequeath to the next President a better and stronger nation than what I will inherit from this administration. In 2022, I will turn over to my successor a nation that is more prosperous, a people more united and prouder of their leaders, and political institutions that are more stable,” she added.
If she wins the presidency, Santiago said she would reform the 19-year-old tax system to make it “fairer, more responsive to changes in the economy, simpler to administer, and in sync with Asean-5 competitors.”
Santiago also promised to take a swift review of all the programs and projects of government; keep government deficits manageable by keeping it below three percent of gross domestic product; and invest in public infrastructure, agriculture sector, and government institutions.
She further said that she would continue to support the conditional cash transfer program and restore meritocracy in government.
“Political parasites, incompetents, and unproductive workers will have no place in my administration,” said Santiago, a former trial court judge and Cabinet member.
Santiago said the first measure she would pass is the Freedom of Information Act as it would mandate transparency and accountability in government.
“Ladies and gentlemen, come, join hands together, and let us face the future without flinching and with full faith and confidence that God will be our guide in our country,” Santiago said. (Sunnex)