BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte—A party-list representative, who claim to champion labor rights and workers’ welfare, announced his plans here during the weekend to run for president in the 2016 elections.
OFW Party Rep. Roy Señeres, citing massive “job contractualization” in the country, exodus of workers abroad, underemployment and joblessness, launched a movement called Respect our Security of Employment (ROSE) to serve as platform of his campaign.
“I am a proud Butuanon and Mindanaoan. In February next year, I will officially launch my candidacy for president here. This is where the national government should focus its development efforts in addressing massive poverty due to unemployment, underdevelopment and absence of economic opportunities,” he said
Señeres, a lawyer, was former chairman of the National Labor Relations Commission, and had stint in the foreign service. He launched his movement in a meeting with community, civic and religious organization leaders in his residence in the city.
Señeres was the first politician from Mindanao to announce his presidential plans. Other presidential hopefuls include Vice President Jejomar Binay and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas.
Señeres said he decided to run for president while listening to state of the nation address of President Aquino, who did not really tell the people the real state of the Philippines, which is ravaged by corruption.
He attacked Binay, Roxas and possible candidates such as senators Allan Cayetano and Grace Poe as “personification of job contractualization in the country.”
“They deprived our ordinary Filipino workers, whose income were not enough because of contractualization of jobs. They suffer the brunt of skyrocketing prices of basic commodities, water and power rates and rental and some could even send their children to school,” he said.
He said job contractualization was a violation of labor laws and anti-poor but many local governments tolerate the practice.
“If I will become president, I will personally appeal to mega-store owners to give our workers a decent living by allowing them to become regular workers receiving regular pay,” Señeres said.
He said he will stop the exodus of Filipino workers abroad, which separates families, by modernizing agriculture and establishing a National Industrialization Program.
“On climate change, we must have clear cut policies and programs to promote cheap and affordable electricity … We are all held hostage by business interests under the Private Public Partnerships,” Señeres said.
“I will bare my platform of government once I filed my certificate of candidacy for president,” he said.
Señeres claims he is an Ilongo because his parents originally came from Capiz and Iloilo, but they migrated to Butuan where he grew up and studied elementary and high school.
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