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5 presidential bets lay out plans for Philippines in KBP forum


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Five presidential aspirants bared their platforms in the event they win in the May elections during the first few minutes of a media-organized forum on Friday.

During the "Panata sa Bayan: The KBP Presidential Candidates Forum," the aspirants were given five minutes each to bare the first things they'd do if elected as president.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso vowed to increase budget for housing program as well as establish 107,000 hospital beds in his first 1,000 days in office.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, for his part, said he would go after incompetent, corrupt and undisciplined government workers to stamp out corruption and maximize the country's resources. He also vowed to end the importation mindset which he said is killing the local agriculture sector.

Senator Manny Pacquiao, said he would push for a one-gadget -per-student ratio, as well as renewable energy development.

Vice President Leni Robredo, for her part, vowed to double the budget for the agriculture sector to ensure food security, as well as to work for unemployment insurance; support for in-city, on city and near city housing program so that residents will have access to social services and livelihood; and go after big-time drug traffickers. She also expressed support to the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Labor leader Leody de Guzman said his administration will recover the ill-gotten wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family, as well as impose a 20% wealth tax on the top 500 richest Filipinos to fund social services for the people and help the agriculture sector increase their produce.

Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. was not able to attend the forum due to conflict in schedule. --KBK, GMA News

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