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Senatoriables for a powerhouse team

The famous thinker and philosopher Peirre Teilhard de Chardin once said that “The universe, as we know it, is a joint product of the observer and the observed.” Totoo nga naman. Ang mga nakikita natin sa sansinukob ay ang mga bungang-isip ng mga nagmamasid at ng mga minamasdan. We are all enjoying and sipidizing what we are observing and what we have observed. Tayo’y nasa mundo ng pinapanood at ng nanonood. Dr. de Chardin was the controversial religious author of the Phenomenon of Man. We borrowed a line from his brilliant mind for our observation this week from this deluxe viewing point of our newspaper The Market Monitor.

Last Saturday, your observer was invited in a round table dinner-caucus of known political pundits. As expected, which I should have been, I got myself ready to listen to the “most brilliant minds and geniuses in Philippine politics”. He he he! It was an open field of opinions that can solve everything in the Spratlys, Climate Change, shooting in the schools in America, global conflicts, the mining of deuterium in the Philippine Seas and many other problems in the surface of the earth. I even heard unsolicited advice for Bob Arum for the next opponent of the great Sen. Pacman. It was a round table of minds that pictured the May 14 coming barangay election as a parody and a bloody one. This observer is hoping for the May 14 political exercise to be serious and excellent one under the DU30 regime. Not comical nor a bloody one.

What concerned me more is the 2019 midterm election for senators which will elect 12 new ones to replace those who will end their six years term. The caucus became more serious when personalities to become senator was the topic. At this early, many names were thrown in the den. Surprisingly, not exaggeratingly, hundreds of names including Amay Bisaya was mentioned.

This call my attention to draw a line-up I personally believe winnable and will work and figure in a good assembly of senators. I have eight newcomers and three come backing. They are the following: Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre of the Department of Justice, Rep. Albee Benitez, Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, Rep. Rudy Farinas, Rep. Geraldine Roman, Sec. Francis Tolentino, Sec. Harry Roque and Asec Mocha Uson. The come backings are former Senators Joey Lina and Heherson Alvarez for their shining minds and da queen dynamic Grace Poe who will end her term by June 30, 2019.

Albee Benitez is the third richest man in the Lower House. Ahead of Mam Imelda in number 4 and Manong Sonny B in 5th. Number one is Rep. Michael Odylon and second richest is Rep. Emmyline Aglipay-Villar. Albee entered politics with a sole mission to serve and the voters of the third congressional district of Negros Occidental sent trusted him with flying colors. True to his promise, he is among the outstanding lawmakers in the lower house now. Actually, he can be speaker of the house with his striking prowess.

Vitaliano Aguirre is the incumbent Justice Secretary of DU30, still very young at 70, valedictorian and cum laude when graduated among the top of San Beda law harvest in 1971. The senate needs the fibers of magnanimity and no holds-barred stamina of a seasoned man of laws.

Rodolfo Farinas is among the strong and heard voices from the North. Outstanding mayor, governor and incumbent representative of the 1st District of Ilocos Norte. Incumbent Majority Floor leader. A product of Ateneo de Manila law school in 1978. A bar topnotcher at walang sindak. Still very young at 67.

Karlo Alexie B. Nograles is the son of former speaker of the house, the prosperous Prospero Nograles. Karlo is now representing the 1st District of Davao City. Chairman of the powerful Committee on Appropriations and member of the Constitutional Committee and Mindanao Affairs. Karlo is an straight forward man guided by history of their family’s greatness.

Geraldine B. Roman, the famous transgender, a shining journalist and a striking politician. Elected Representative of the 1st District of Bataan, becoming the first openly transgender woman elected to the Congress of the Philippines. Second of four children of a political family Herminia Roman and Antonino Roman, Jr. She attended Ateneo de Manila University for her elementary and high school studies. Her college studies was in the University of the Philippines. Managed to secure scholarship in journalism at the University of the Basque Country in Spain and attained two master’s degrees. Lately, she joined the AFP. She is a phenomenal in line with the poetry of great Maya Angelou

Francis Tolentino was born in Guinobatan, Albay. He grew up and studied in public elementary school in Tagaytay, Cavite and for some time in Pasay and Mandaluyong. He pursued his secondary education in Lourdes School of Mandaluyong. Tolentino earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1980 from the Ateneo de Manila University and his Bachelor of Laws in 1984. He later earned a Master of Laws from the University of London, choosing to specialize in Public International Laws.

Herminio Harry L. Roque Jr. is a member of the 17th Congress of the Philippines, representing the party-list Kabayan or Kabalikat ng Mamamayan. He is a lawyer, human rights advocate and law professor. He taught law at the University of the Philippines. Among the notable cases he handled were the Maguindanao massacre and Jennifer Laude death. On October 27, 2017, Roque was appointed presidential spokesperson and was designated presidential adviser for human rights concurrently.

Roque received his Master of Laws with Merits from the London School of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from University of the Philippines and Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Political Science) from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 1986.

Esther Margaux “Mocha” Justiniano Uson was born May 17, 1982 is simply known as Mocha. Singer, dancer, model and blogger. Uson served as a board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) from January 27, 2017 until her appointment as assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). Mocha was born in Dagupan, Pangasinan. Her father, Oscar Uson, was a regional trial court judge who was assassinated in September 2002 in Asingan, Pangasinan. Her mother, Estrellita Uson, was a pediatrician in Dagupan, and a breast cancer survivor. Mocha studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery but dropped out to pursue her modeling, dancing and singing career. She is the youngest among my choices but a phenomenal name in politics like Geraldine Roman.

The three veterans who have left indelible marks and must decide to return in the senate floor. Joey Linawas top 10 of his Class in the University of the Philippines in 1979, passed the Bar Exams in 1980, obtained an AB Economics at the University of Santo Tomas in 1975, filed 338 bills and landmark measures including the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 and the creation of the Philippine Sports Commission.

Heherson T. Alvarezis best known for economics, land reform, environment and culture and the arts. He had served as a member of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines and former Secretary of Agrarian Reform, and Minister of Agrarian Reform, DENR and Climate Change Commission. He studied liberal arts at University of the Philippines and earned a master’s degree in Economics and Public Administration from Harvard University. Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares is the incumbent chairman of the powerful Public Service Committee of the Philippine Senate. A businesswoman, educator, and philanthropist. She is the adopted daughter of actors Susan Roces and Fernando Poe, Jr. She served as chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) from 2010 to 2012 and now serving as senator since 2013.

They are my eleven early choices. The 0bserver is open to the readers to help me for the 12th slot. Be an observer and the observed as Dr. de Chardin reverberates. Send your message to dongreggy1218@yahoo. com.ph (for free wheelchair please contact 0956-7610885).

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