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Candidates' quotes of the day: Of dynasties, Valentine's Day, and being like Kara David

February 4, 2013 4:40pm
Given only five minutes each, five senatorial candidates on Monday laid out their platforms and stand on various issues — from political dynasties to Valentine's Day to TV hosting jobs — on GMA News TV's "News To Go" program.

Want to know who likens political dynasties to cholesterol? Who wants to be like Kara David? Who appreciates the countryside during political sorties? Read on.

Lawyer Samson Alcantara, Social Justice Society

On political dynasties: "Sa tingin ko, wise na ang mga Pilipino ngayon. Hindi na nalilito sa mga bonggang-bonggang mga commericial at saka 'yung mga anak ng pulitiko na magiging kandidato."

On provision in Constitution prohibiting political dynasties: "Sinasabi nilang mayroong good dynasty, mayroong bad dynasty. Hindi naman ho cholesterol iyan, na may bad cholesterol and good cholesterol."

On education as platform: "Habang ang tao may edukasyon, may pagkakataon siyang umangat sa buhay. Kapag mayroon kang education, hindi 'yan tinatangay ng Sendong o Pablo—dala dala mo iyan, kahit nasaan ka."

On Valentine's Day: "Ako'y biyudo na, magsasaya lang siguro kasama 'yung aking mga estudyante, magle-lecture ako, kailangan iyon, that is Valentine's to them."



Former Manila counselor Greco Belgica, Democratic Party of the Philippines,

On himself: "I am the youngest candidate." (He will turn 35 in March.)

On taxes: "Four percent lang sa atin ang nagbabayad ng tamang buwis."

On legislation: "Ako'y naniniwala sa batas ng Diyos at batas ng Banal na Kasulatan, therefore ang ipatutupad natin, mga batas ng Hari ng mga Hari Panginoon Hesus."

On plans after elections: "'Pag hindi ako manalo, mag-aaral akong maging TV host katulad ninyo (Kara David)."



Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)

On ties with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: "Hindi ako balimbing. Hindi rin po ako ang klaseng taong 'yung mga nakasama kong tao o 'yung mga nakaalyado ko, e basta ko na lang iiwan dahil hindi na sila uso."

On Arroyo's cases: "If cases are filed against her (Arroyo) in court, they should give her due process. And if she's guilty, she has to pay for it."

On Ramon Magsaysay Jr's candidacy: "What's nice is that our family is campaigning for both because under the automated elections, hindi naman po pinipigilan ang taongbayan na bumuto sa dalawang Magsaysay."

On pork barrel: "A lot of people use pork barrel but get half of it. That's why there are cases filed against them."

On sorties: "A good thing about campaigning is that you get to see how beautiful the country is."



Sen. Antonio Trillantes IV, Nacionalista Party

On rift with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile: "Hindi naman necessarily nang-aaway, ako lang, mayroon lang akong paniniwala na mas ikabubuti para sa bansa kung mayroon tayong bagong Senate president."

On what makes him laugh: "Outside the public view, masayahin ako."

On anti-”epal” bill: "Hindi lang 'yung mga naglalagay ng tarpaulin, kundi pati 'yung mga nakikisawsaw sa mga isyu na hindi naman dapat."



Tarlac Gov. Tingting Cojuangco, UNA

On relationship with Pnoy: "Nagte-text pa rin kami."

On Bangsamoro Framework Agreement: "It's not yet an achievement because it's not yet done."

On Filipino Muslims: "The Muslims now lacks schools of their own. Kulang sila sa magtuturo sa mga Muslim ng kanilang mga kultura."

On Hacienda Luisita: "We don't have a choice, it's already up to the Court. I feel bad because Luisita was very beautiful when I first met [husband] Peping [Cojuangco] in 1962." 



Amanda Fernandez/KBK, GMA News




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