Press Release
July 15, 2010


As they near a decision on their choice for the Senate Presidency, Sen. Edgardo J. Angara today emphasized that his bloc's choice will reflect their legislative agenda and priorities.

"Beyond having a contender who can represent the values of the Senate, we maintain ties as blocs because we want to have a say in the reforms we want to push for. We want to have an influence on the content of the legislative agenda. We want change, we will push for reforms," said Angara, former Senate President.

Angara expressed optimism that the agriculture, education and health care sectors will become the next administration's top priorities. He also specified that he wishes to push for the modernization of the Charter that governs the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP Charter).

He said that "while the people's basic needs for food, education, employment, housing and health care remain the Aquino administration's top priorities, reforms in the banking and financial sector are needed to augment the government's efforts in providing and sustaining these services."

In the 15th Congress Angara will push for the amendment of the BSP Charter, the Collective Investment Schemes Law, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

"We will eventually have to agree for the sake of pushing for reforms that are of utmost importance to the country and to the people. So as much as our blocs are considerably important in terms of collective support, it will all boil down to cooperation in our works in the Senate--whoever the next Senate President will be," Angara said.

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