Press Release
January 28, 2016

Cayetano says ending disorder in Filipinos' lives his top priority

"Bringing back order and security."

This is the top priority of the next government in the eyes of vice presidential bet and Senate Majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano.

Disorder, lack of security

In a two-hour radio interview on Wednesday, Cayetano said that there is so much disorder and lack of security in the country today.

"People wake up telling themselves, 'napakagulo naman ng buhay.' Crime, drugs and corruption. It's a constant perturbation of the mind. Sobra na ang gulo at hirap na dinaranas ng tao," Cayetano said.

Cayetano explained that this is what he and his running mate presidential hopeful Davao City Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte want to address in their first year of government if elected in the coming May polls.

"Mayor Duterte and I both believe we need a strong developmental state to promote real inclusive growth through regional development. But we need to build first the suitable condition by cracking down on crime, drugs and government corruption," Cayetano stressed.

To do this, Cayetano said they will strengthen and capacitate the country's security forces. The senator vowed to cleanse the ranks of the police and military of the corrupt, provide better salaries and incentives for law enforcers, and modernize their anti-crime and anti-narcotics infrastructure.

"One vision, 18 regional strategies for development"

The senator also pushed for a "one national vision, 18 regional strategies" approach for the country to achieve inclusive growth. He and Mayor Duterte see federalism as the unifying framework to achieve this.

Taguig as model of quality health care

On the issue of health care, Cayetano said he will implement the same services that Taguig City offers its senior citizens, which include the delivery of medicines straight to their houses. The senator explained that government should respond to the needs of the poor, especially the elderly.

"Hindi na pumipila ang senior citizens na mahihirap sa health center, idinedeliver na sa kanilang mga bahay ang serbisyo. Hindi sila ang may utang na loob, ikaw ang may utang na loob, so gobyerno ang lumalapit," he said.

Cayetano said that to restore order and a strong sense of security among the people, what's needed are bold solutions and swift action that will bring about real change. "Hindi na uubra ang pwede na o papatak patak na pagbabago. Sa amin ni Mayor Duterte, makakaasa ang lahat ng tunay at tuloy-tuloy na pagbabago."

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