PLATFORM OF GOVERNMENT
Alfredo S. Lim
The continuing lack of direction in governance, widespread poverty, rampant
graft and corruption in various sectors of the government, and the degeneration
of the moral values of our people have impelled me to seek a mandate to serve
our country as a Senator for I believe that, with my more than forty (40)
years of experience in the Executive Branch starting with the police agencies
until I become a Cabinet Secretary and six (6) years as Mayor and Chief Executive
of the City of Manila, I can initiate as well as greatly contribute to the
legislative mills for the enactment of measures designed to bring about legislative
solutions to the present-day problems and inspire the people to imbibe moral
My platform of government is
premised on three (3) fundamental philosophies – acronym
leader deserves respect and obedience unless he shows that he himself
performs, practices and does the very virtues he preaches or urges
his constituents to follow. If elected Senator, I shall demonstrate
that the legislator must be upright, dedicated, efficient and productive.
Corollarily, I shall not indulge in things that are the opposite
of these virtues.
grievous sins of many leaders nowadays are hypocrisy and mental dishonesty.
It is worthless to propose and promise reforms or future reliefs
to the people if what that leader has in mind is in fact nothing
but false promises. As a Senator, I will practice transparency, truthfulness
and candor in all that I will do and promise.
MASTERFUL GOVERNANCE: There
is lack of respect to the law and order; common crimes abound without
halt, business malpractices, like pyramiding scams and bogus investment
houses, continue to proliferate and the people’s faith in government’s
capability to solve the ever increasing problems of our country continue
to grow because leaders have not shown their masterful governance
to inspire belief, respect and credibility. As a Senator, while I
shall endeavor to be magnanimous to all, I shall not hesitate to
impose what is right and virtuous for the people as reflected in
legislative enactments. For, what good is having laws if after all,
they will be more breached than honored? In this sense, I shall work
for a continuing legislative monitoring of the activities of the
Executive and Judicial Branches through the Oversight Committees
in order that appropriate legislations may be made to improve, if
not to perfect all systems that will be beneficial to the great majority
of the people.
With the foregoing three (3)
philosophies as bases, the specific of my platform shall be expressed
in four (4) areas of concern – the acronym of FRED.
FOOD FOR THE
continue to read from the papers and hear from the radios and other
for a complaint that a great majority of our people suffer from hunger.
Has the government gone so naïve that FOOD, the basic necessity
for human living, cannot be obtained by people? Any legislative measure
and agenda must prioritize food production and distribution so that
everyone must eat at least three (3) meals a day. Of course, I am
not saying that the government must feed everyone for that is next
to impossible. What is needed now is for the government to assess
the current stock of staple food, preserve them when necessary and
refrain from exporting them to other countries if it would mean a
great loss and reduction to the affordability of our countrymen in
obtaining them. Encourage food production particularly in the agricultural
sector and food processor by providing them incentives. Unless the
government assists farmers and small entrepreneurs in contributing
to the production of food, such indifference will result in great
waste of our natural resources and fertile farms. Further, let us
contain and put a stop to the continuing destruction of our fertile
and arable lands. We see so many subdivisions sprouting left and
right from the once-upon-a-time riceland, cornland, fruit orchards
or vegetable farms. Why? Because the owners have decided to destroy
those lands and converted them to housing and other industrial sites
since it is more profitable. It is saddening to note that while other
countries in Asia and the Middle East try to convert their lands
into agricultural lands since they realize the importance of food
production, here in our country, we have done the opposite, it is
my ardent wish that if elected Senator, I will immediately propose
legislation that will stop the DAR and other agencies from approving
land conversion unless it is clear that the land is no longer suitable
to any form of agricultural activity. In that sense, food production
will be enhanced. But, it will be equally useless to have adequate
food if distribution is lacking or ineffective. We see people begging
in the streets and those living in squatter areas and those living
in the hinterlands and far-flung provinces suffer from hunger because
food does not reach them. There must be a law providing for an effective
means of distributing the staple foods such as through cooperatives
from among the consumers and through a government agency, such as,
the National Food Authority and the DSWD. Today, we have the so-called
Rolling Stores of GMA. We have it because it’s election time.
But once the election fever is over, they will surely die a natural
death. Thus, there must be a law which will make food distribution
a continuing concern not only during election period but for as long
as the government must provide the basic necessity, that is FOOD.
in this part of the globe is a confluence of bad ways, evil practices
and apathy. You see graft and corruption continue unabatedly. You
learn of ways and systems that are antiquated. You feel the apathy
of those who realize that nothing can be done after all.
We must therefore bear in
mind that every problem or defective system that we have, reform
can be done. The attitude of reformism should always be inculcated
in our minds. Reforms breed a dynamic society and responsible leadership.
When we see people despair in the streets, in their offices and
in the corners if their homes because of frustrations, indignations
and tragedies befalling them, they begin to lose hope for they
do not see anyone caring and concerned for their plight. Just recently,
we had that Super Ferry 14 mishap. One group says it was accident
but some say a handiwork of terrorist. Even the Coast Guard and
the owners decline to give information to relatives of the missing
victims showing their apathy and indifference to the plight of
these people. In my case, during the revision proceedings of my
electoral protest in the 2001mayoral contest against Atienza, I
discovered a lot of election irregularities, palpable as they were,
that requires legislative solution. Even the COMELEC, despite the
present Omnibus Election Code and other election laws that we have,
continue to sit down on the disqualification recommendation of
Directors Rafanan and Ladra against Atienza whom they adjudged
guilty of election offense for vote-buying and premature campaigning.
I have begun to lose patience and faith in the COMELEC because of
their pussy-footing. Nonetheless, I continue to believe that with
a reformist attitude, one day, such recalcitrance of the COMELEC
will be a thing of the past because if elected Senator, I will propose
an electoral reform that will ensure that not only the electoral
process is reformed but even the attitude of the COMELEC as a body
shall be change such that, henceforth, cases shall be disposed of
without undue delay and any delay shall warrant the taking of appropriate
congressional act on the erring Commissioners. I therefore promise
that once elected Senator, I will constitute an office to be known
as the Reform Office whereby all despairing, neglected, abandoned
and forgotten citizens whose grief had made them lose hope in the
government will have a place to go to and where I will be there to
listen to their plight in order that I can propose reforms similar
to what I have been doing in my radio and TV programs known as “Katapat”!
DESERVING STUDENTS: The priceless achievement of one is to finish
schooling and get a diploma. No amount of financial richness can
compensate this fortune – education. There are a number of
school buildings that are dilapidated. Yet, classes continue. The
deplorable condition of schools in the country is but an indication
that we have not given a genuine concern for education but merely
paid lip service to it. More deplorable is the lack of schools
to cater to the needs of the excess studentry who could no longer
be accommodated. Next to food, it is my ardent wish if elected
as Senator, I will push for the enactment of laws to: (a) insure
that all barangays have primary and secondary schools that are
decent, well-maintained, fully-equipped and provided with dedicated
school teachers; (b) insure that all municipalities shall provide
a quality collegiate education; (c) encourage the setting up of
privately owned educational institutions by providing tax reliefs
for a certain duration of their operation; and (d) mandate the
DECS to have a continuing study and evaluation of the public school
teachers’ pay and to provide such data to Congress in order
that appropriate legislations may be made to upgrade their salaries.
My vision of education for the youth came through
when in 1997, as Mayor of Manila, I set up the City College of Manila
which provides free education to deserving students to take up collegiate
courses. I saw to it that their facilities were maintained. Unfortunately,
I learned that the building which used to be the old PNB Building
in Escolta had deteriorated and been neglected because of alleged
plan of Mr. Atienza to move it somewhere else. As a Senator, the
second priority in my legislative agenda is to assess and evaluate
the condition and status of all state universities and colleges,
including the City College of Manila and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod
ng Manila in order that appropriate legislations for their improvement
and development as well as upgrading may be made, when warranted.
It is also my wish to provide a continuing free scholarship to all
deserving students. We hear of the current program of GMA on a study
now pay later scheme. While I find that laudable, I can not understand
why it is only done now? Besides, I am worried that as soon as the
elections are over, the same might equally perish. It is therefore
my fervent wish that if elected, such a scheme shall be made a law
and continue to operate whether or not there is an election exercise.
CRIME-FREE SOCIETY: We all read from the dailies and tv news reports
of the continuing menace of prohibited drugs in the country and
its companion crimes. This, despite the current government efforts
to thwart the drug menace and arrest the upsurge of the commission
of common crimes. It seems the government is helpless. Not at all.
It is my perception that the campaign had not gained substantial
headway because of lack of a collective effort from all government
sectors and the public in pooling their efforts, talent and resources
to once and for all bring about a drug-free and crime-free Philippines.
Of course, any effort to solve
them will not succeed if the first three specific platforms, the “FRE” I
have pointed out above, are not achieved, namely FOOD, REFORMS,
Addicts in the streets sniff rugby and take on
shabu because they have no food to eat; they have no school to go
to; and, no one has ever attempted to help them realize their folly
and recover from their mischiefs. An ordinary pusher continues to
peddle small quantities to squatter patrons and other small time
buyers because they want to earn something for their living. We always
hear an accused pusher confessing to drug pushing because that is
his only means of living.
But that is not all. The worst aspect is from the
police itself. We hear of instances where it is the police official
who is himself the peddler or user. This is ironical. The temptation
of a police officer in indulging in shabu peddling is great because,
his catch provides him the commodity to sell and the opportunity
to milk money from the person form whom he apprehends the shabu.
If elected Senator, I shall propose legislations geared to improving
the drug-busting efforts of the government. First, in the matter
of providing reward. We are told that the informant is entitled to
a reward. But has he really gotten any? It is my view that rewards
should be discouraged because they make people feel that the government
buys information in order for its project to succeed. Is it always
necessary to pay someone for what he provides the government? It
seems, we no longer have concerned and patriotic citizens because
everything is bought with money. For as long as we do not inculcate
the virtue of patriotism, no amount of money can solve our problems.
Second, why don’t we
involve the private sectors in getting information on drug peddlers?
For sure, of the proper information campaign by the private organizations
or associations desiring to eliminate drug addiction and peddling
is launched by the government, pointing out the evil effects and
results of such activity and stressing the importance of eliminating
drug menace, more and more responsible citizens will cone forward
and contribute their share in bringing about the arrest of such
menace. If elected, I propose the creation of an Office to be manned
by private citizens, with all the appurtenant benefits, to handle
programs to educate the public on drug menace, to encourage informants
to provide information on possible pushers and users and to establish
a system of scholarship to deserving students, be he an informant
or not, instead or rewarding him with cash.
Third, there should be transparency in all apprehensions of criminals and dispositions
of the effects of the crime; otherwise, the danger of recycling becomes imminent.
Fourth, stress on the serious implications of a
police officer being involved in peddling or using must be given
widespread publicity. And any police official who is suspected of
being involved and against whom a prima facie case is established
must be immediately relieved and incarcerated. No amount of leniency
must be extended to any unscrupulous police officer charged with
peddling or using prohibited drugs.
Finally, any other crime or offense committed by a user while under the effects
of drugs should be severely punished.
With the solution of drug-pushing and using which is reputedly the cause of
other crimes, it is not farfetched that other crimes like homicide, robbery
and rape associated with it will equally diminish, if not extinguished. In
this sense, we will begin to see ray of hope for a crime-free society in our
Manila, March 3, 2004.
ALFREDO S. LIM
Mr. JUAN V. SARMIENTO, Jr.
“Talk of the Town”
Dear Mr. Sarmiento, Jr.
As a Senatorial contender, my stand on the issues listed on your “Talk
of the Town” are:
1. Charter Change and shift from
parliamentary form of government
If there is any charter change, it should be through a constitutional
convention, not a constituent assembly. But, we must retain the presidential
form as it suits our culture and tradition. Besides, it is not the form that
counts most but the men running the government.
2. Pork Barrel
I am not in favor of the pork barrel and will work for its
abolition once elected as a senator. If it is not repealed for one reason or
another, I will devote it for educational purposes, such as, establishing a
national scholarship program for deserving poor students who cannot afford
to enter college.
3. Repeal of law allowing automatic
Yes, I am in favor of repealing such law because m the House
and the Senate must always monitor the movement of our national debt which
gets a big chunk of our yearly budget, leaving the vital and more important
items without allocation to the detriment of public welfare. We should pay
only what we can afford, not what we should merely to appease our foreign creditors.
4. Pullout of Philippine Troops from Iraq
Since we have already demonstrated our unity in war against
terrorism, that suffices. So, we should pull out our contingent forces from
Iraq and employ then for domestic security. Maintaining military forces in
a foreign soil only adds unnecessary cost to our ballooning defense budget.
5. Legislated minimum wages
Let us retain the regional level of fixing the floor wages
of our workingmen since different regions have their particular and peculiar
financial and labor standards and environment, such that, what serves as a
minimum wage for a particular region might be too much or too low for another
region, and vice versa.
6. Death penalty
There are many crimes where I believe the penalty should not
be death, such as, political crimes. But, I still favor retaining the penalty
for the crimes of murder, robbery with homicide, brigandage, kidnapping, rape
and large scale swindling and drugs.
7. Erap pardon
Although this is the prerogative of the Chief Executive, I
personally believe that Ex-Pres. Estrada is entitled to a presidential pardon.
After all, he has suffered much from detention and deprivation of his liberty.
8. People power as a tool for political
I salute our people for regaining freedom through people power
at EDSA 1 but I do not subscribe to its further use since there are mechanisms
in our democratic form of government where political changes can be achieved
without using people power, although the Constitution recognizes the same.
Otherwise, if people power is to be used everytime we need changes, there will
be no political stability and economic progress.
9. Legalization of Jueteng
Any form of gambling is vicious and erodes the moral fiber
of every individual. I do no favor legalizing jueteng since that will lead
to further moral degeneration and impoverishment of the poor since jueteng
caters to the poor but enriches gambling lords.
10. Population / family planning
Because of the mercurial rise in our population, its growth
must be controlled. However, I am not in favor of artificial birth control
since it is against our moral and religious orientation. What the government
should do is to continuously educate parents on the healthy effects of family
planning and provide them incentives to attract them in doing so.
11. Legalization of divorce
As a Catholic country and as what our
Constitution declares, the family as a foundation of the nation must be preserved.
Certainly, divorce will destroy the family’s solidarity and eventually
lead to untold economic and social problems to family members. Efforts must
be exerted by the State in further strengthening family ties, tradition and
culture in order that our moral foundation shall become firm as a rock.
I do not believe in abortion. It must and should continuously
be treated as a crime under our penal code. No one has the right to snuff out
the life of an innocent just because he or she is unwanted by the mother.
13. Legalization of Prostitution
Definitely, I am not in favor of legalizing it because it
debases the dignity of women. The fundamental law guarantees decent, safe and
healthful working conditions for working women. Prostitution, for sure, is
outlawed under our charter.
14. Gay rights
Humans as they are, gays have rights to be enjoyed as what
normal beings possess. However, we should inculcate into the minds of the children
and adolescents the benefits of healthy and normal living and discourage them
from indulging in gay activities or becoming one.
15. Lifting of 40% equity limit
on public utilities for foreigners
We must retain the 60% Filipino ownership on all public utilities
as mandate in the Charter since further reducing it will dilute Filipino control
on them and open the operation and management of our public utilities to foreign
domination or control thus detrimental to public interest since that will give
them the license to dictate the cost and charges that they may impose on the
16. Land ownership by foreigners
We must continue to preserve exclusive ownership of our lands
to Filipinos because, our history accounts for our staunch opposition to foreign
control on our soil and any form of abdication will betray what our forefathers
and gallant heroes fought for. I dread the day when aliens live in palatial
homes but Filipinos wallow shanties and shacks.
17. Media ownership by foreigners
Let us retain and preserve 100% ownership and management of
mass media to Filipino citizens or corporations fully owned by Filipinos as
mandated in our Constitution because, any attempt to cede even a miniscule
aspect of it to foreign control will invite and encourage foreign intrusion
into our political, social and economic life to the detriment of the Filipinos.
Manila, April 5, 2004
ALFREDO S. LIM
BY THE WAY
By Max V. Soliven
January 4, 2004
FPJ”s popularity may be phenomenal, but his so-called senatorial line-up
looks like a bunch of deadwood, has-beens, also-rans and never-should-be’s.
Most of them look disgustingly unappetizing. Salamabit; some of them are so
ancient and freighted with so many ancient sins, that they ought to have been
consigned to the Glue Factory.
This demonstrates that you just cannot
get rid of those dreadful TRAPOS who want to grab another chance to gorge
themselves at the feeding trough. Then there are the wannabes who hope to
slide themselves through the door of the Senate by having FPJ kick the door
ajar. A shining light in that roster is, needless to say, former Mayor, former
NBI Director, and former Presidential candidate Fred Lim. Every party wanted
Fred, but he chose to run with FPJ. The President’s Lakas party kept
on announcing that Fred Lim would be on their Senate slate, but Fred never
planned to join the ruling party. (Why should he?
The President rejected him when he was
proposed to head the National Bureau of Investigation anew, and later rejected
him again when it had already been announced that Lim would lead the government’s Anti-Drugs
Task Force.) Presidential Candidate Raul Roco’s Aksyon Demokratiko asked
him to be on the “HOPE” coalition’s Senatorial ticket, but
Lim replied that “you already have Gen. Romy Maganto”. Aside form
his two-fisted, “Dirty Harry” record as a lawman – the kind
of “protector” people seek in these desperate and dangerous times – Fred’s
clean image was needed by the contending factions to give their pangkat a “crusading” aspect.
Moreover, Lim has been within the top six of all the surveys of recent months.
He told his writer two weeks ago that
he preferred to run on the FPJ slate. This was confirmed last Friday when
he went with Poe and Loren to register at the Comelec. Scanning the faces
of the Senatorial hopefuls on the different party line-ups, there are, alas,
very few fresh faces. If the current crop is “elected”, then
there may be no need to abolish Senate. The Senate will simply self-destruct.
DIRTY HARRY OF MANILA RIDES AGAIN.
THIS TIME TO FIGHT SEDUCERS OF THE YOUNG AND HOODLUMS OF THE MIND.
By Mayor Alfredo S. Lim
The Ad “Naka tikim ka na ba ng quinse años?” is
a derogatory statement that offends decency and good customs and is considered
a crime against public morals. The crime committed is punished as Grave Scandal
under Article 200 and as an Immoral and Obscene Doctrine under Article 201
of the Revised Penal Code.
The publication will serve no other purpose but to satisfy
the market for lust or pornography. The word obscene means something offensive
to chastity, decency or good taste. It has the tendency to corrupt and influence
those whose minds are open to immoral influences.
The seduction of a Virgin Fifteen (15) years of age is what
is being conveyed in the ad-item. The law must not shut its eyes to what all
the rest of the world can see and let the seducers of the mind disguise his
language and wrap up his meanings in ambiguous lascivious terms. In this jurisdiction
malice in law is presumed, and I find the ad-item an instrument in the continued
perpetration of the crime. We must put an end to the cadavers or corpus delicti
of the crime. I have put my life on the line against drug lords, gambling lords
and vice lords. I will put again my life against seducers of the young and
hoodlums of the mind. This journey of a thousand miles began fifty (50) years
ago and there is no turning back.
So today I will climb fifty (50) feet of steel to bring down
the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah and may I ask those who love their mothers and
sisters to do the same. What I am doing is an act of self defense against a
continuing crime. We have been provoked and there is a presence of a continuing
unlawful aggression against the virtue and dignity of our young women. The
spray painting in red of the ad-item is a reasonable means of preventing or
PRESS RELEASE: March 25,
2004 – RMG, RGC & RLB
NAPOLEON BRANDY AD WHICH READS: “NAKATIKIM
KA NA BA NG KINSE ANYOS” IS INDECENT, IMMORAL AND CONTRARY TO PUBLIC
POLICY; THUS. SHOULD BE SUMMARILY ABATED AND DESTROYED BY WELL-MEANING CITIZENS
Senatorial bet ALFREDO S. LIM staunchly maintains that his initiative of cutting
out the word “kinse” form the entire ad “Nakatikim ka na
ba ng kinse anyos” atop a structure on Roxas Blvd. in Parañaque
City last Tuesday, March 23, was justified under the penal code and a valid
exercise of one’s right to abate a nuisance under the civil code.
It is the declared policy of Republic
Act No. 7610 otherwise known as the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation
and Discrimination Act” for “the State (to) provide special protection
to children from all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation and discrimination
and other conditions prejudicial to their development”. Sec. 3 of the
law defines “child abuse” among others as “2) Any act by
deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic work and dignity
of a child as a human being.” Child abuse of this nature is punishable
by imprisonment of up to two (2) years.
The ad promotes the prostitutions of
children and abets adults to indulge in sex with children. The ad “nakatikim ka na ba ng kinse
anyos” encourages unscrupulous men to try sexual congress with a child
15 years of age. No other interpretation is possible. The claim of Napoleon
Brandy owners that it refers to the age of their product is hogwash and a brazen
attempt to justify a continuing display of the ad that insults and indignifies
children. It is obscene, prurient, revolting and grossly immoral and must therefore
be slain at sight.
No less that the Ad Board (self-regulating board on Advertisements)
and the PANA (association of advertisers) condemned in no uncertain terms the
offensive and obscene message that the ad sought and is seeking to convey or
impart that they had urged for the withdrawal and removal of said ads from
public view as may be read in the Inquirer and Philippine Star issues recently.
Senatorial bet Lim asserts that despite the numerous public
protest and objection to the continued exhibition and display of the ad, the
owners of Napoleon Brandy continue and are even emboldened in defying public
outcry for such indecent ad that constitutes an affront and destruction of
the dignity of children which is detrimental and prejudicial to their development
thus compelling him to tale immediate action lest further harm and injury is
caused the innocent children and the public.
The ad is a public nuisance per se as
defined in Art. 694 of the Civil Code since it “shocks, defies or disregards decency or morality” such
that, Art. 699 of the same Code empowers one to abate it without judicial proceedings.
Furthermore, the act of Senatorial be Lim is considered justified
under the penal code, hence, not constituting a crime as erroneously claimed
by Napoleon Brandy and its lawyers because, under Art. 11 of the penal code,
one does not incur a criminal liability when he acts in defense of the person
or rights of a stranger. Certainly, defense of the honor and right of minor
children under Republic Act No. 7610 is most salutary.
He also points out that if there is
such a “citizen’s
arrest” under the Rules of the Court which empowers even ordinary citizens
to arrest another caught in the commission of a crime, there is also such right
to stop the further commission of the crime, such as the continuing display
of the immoral ad of Napoleon Brandy.