Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cynthia Villar: Manny and I are 'Equally Good' in politics

Cynthia Villar: Manny and I are 'equally good' in politics
by Kathlyn dela Cruz,
Posted at 02/26/2013 9:32 PM

MANILA -- Senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar believes she is not
better than her husband, former Senate President Manny Villar, but in
the world of politics, they are "equally good."

"Huwag naman sabihing better, maybe equal," Villar said on ANC's
"Harapan 2013" Tuesday night. "Iba-iba 'yung assignments na napunta sa amin but I think we're
equally good in what we're doing," she added

.Villar, a former representative of Las Piñas, passed laws concerning
the welfare of women, children and family.
She also founded the Villar Foundation which provides livelihood
programs to the poor.

Villar, who is running under the Nacionalista Party, which is allied
with the Liberal Party-led coalition Team PNoy, said she decided to
run for senator in the upcoming mid-term polls. She sees being senator
as an opportunity for her to promote her advocacy.
"I realized siguro maganda ring way ito para ma-promote ko 'yung aking
mga advocacies kung ako ay senador kasi siyempre may mas influence ako
pag senador," she said. 'Misis Hanep Buhay'

The 62-year-old senatorial bet, also known as "Misis Hanep Buhay,"
shared how the Villar Foundation has helped provide livelihood
projects to her constituents in Las Piñas.
"Kasi dito sa Manila, talagang the biggest resource natin ay basura.
'Yun pong naisip namin na libre ang basura, ang raw materials so
tinuruan namin na i-process 'yung raw materials... Labor na lang ang
cost. I provided na the technology," Villar said.

She said she has already supported 111 livelihood projects all over the country.
No to wage hike
Villar expressed concerns over petitions of some groups for a wage increase.
She said that while she is pro-worker, she also wants to maintain the
competitiveness of the country in terms of its products as well as its
labor force.
"Kailangan din naman competitive tayo sa ating mga produkto, maski
'yung ating labor kasi, kung 'di tayo competitive, 'di papasok 'yung
ating mga factories."
"I've always believed that we should meet halfway. Pagbigyan natin ang
mga workers but at the same time huwag naman tayo mawala sa ating
national competitiveness," she said.
Hanep Buhay ads just coincidence
Villar claimed the timing of her foundation's numerous "hanep buhay"
advertisements and her plan to run in the May polls were merely


"Nagkataon lang last year is the 20th anniversary of the Villar
Foundation. Tamang-tama na gusto nilang ipakita  'yung nagawa nila so
they spent on the ads and I'm the  managing director so napasama ako
dun," she said. "Hindi naman against campaign rules 'yun. It's a way of  telling
people what the Villar Foundation has done for the  past 20 years,"
she added.

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