Former Senator and Cabinet Secretary Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan declares senatorial bid at the Liberal Party-led event “Koalisyon ng Daang-Matuwid: Ang Pagpapakilala” held today at the LP Headquarters in Quezon City. Pangilinan is officially nominated by the Liberal Party to be among its senatorial candidates.
“We are once again seeking a seat in the Senate. Much still needs to be done and my experience in the Executive provided me a different perspective in how the problems, particularly with respect to poverty, can be solved. Our agriculture thrusts must continue and reforms in the agri sector must be pushed even further. The Aquino Administration’s five years of good governance paved way for positive developments and it is our duty to ensure its continuity,” said Pangilinan.
Pangilinan has previously served as Senator from 2001-2013. In his 12 years in the Senate, Pangilinan has been at the forefront of various issues, proactively serving as Chairman on the Committees on Agriculture and Food, Justice, Social Justice and Rural Development, and Rules and was the longest-serving Majority Leader of the Upper House.
He recently tendered his resignation as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization after one year and five months in the office, where he oversaw the curbing of cocolisap infestation, implementing reforms in the rice importation process and stabilizing rice prices, and NEDA approval of big-ticket irrigation projects, among others.
“What we need is continuity, consistency, predictability, and certainty of national policy and direction if we are to reach developed nation status in the next decade or so. We cannot expect growth and development to take root and expand if programs and policies are inconsistent, unpredictable and uncertain with every new administration,” ended Pangilinan.