I'm NOT a Credit Grabber - Bam Aquino

I'm NOT a Credit Grabber - Bam Aquino

Re-electionist and opposition senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV meets with editors and reporters of the Philippine Star recently, he laid down his plans for the future and talked about this accomplishment in his first term as senator.
Aquino, is running under the opposition coalition’s slate known as Otso Diretso this coming May elections.
His platform takes point in the fact that he is the principal sponsor of Republic Act 10931, also known as the Free College Act that promotes universal access to quality tertiary education by providing free tuition and other school fees in state universities and colleges, local colleges and universities and state-run technical vocational institutions.

Senator Bam Aquino (photo credit to PhilStar)

“The Free College Act was 30 years in the making… if we are able to pass such a difficult measure, it means we can also do the same with other difficult laws. We’ve been fighting for this since I was a student leader. With political will and support from teachers, youth groups, students and school institutions, we came together to push for this,” Bam Aquino said.
“So the major reforms in the educational system can be done in the first year of the 18th Congress. Then reform on the structure of both public and private institutions. We also need to provide more support for teachers, ensure update in the curriculum that would make them more competitive with graduates of our neighboring countries,” he added.
RA 10931 is one of 35 laws Aquino pushed since he was elected for the first time as a senator during the term of his cousin then former President Benigno “noynoy” Aquino IV.

Not a credit grabber

During the forum he also address the issue that he is a credit grabber as alleged on social media.
“Trolls are accusing me of credit grabbing, terrorist and many others,” Aquino said.

He admits that his bashers used to be mild, and would only resort to calling him in Wikipedia as a “ninja turtle.”
Being always attacked online by trolls, he admits that makes his re-election this time around a bit more challenging unlike during the time his cousin then president Benigno Aquino IV was so popular and was a big factor in his victory at the time.
This time around being elected is a different ballgame altogether because “the issue is now my track record.”
“Sariling sikap na yan. I am hoping people will look at the track record,” Aquino said.
Senator Aquino said his team never gets tired of correcting misinformation against him but the “machinery” being used to degrade him is vicious and strong.
“The political situation now is really different from the political scenario in 2013 and you have to accept it and be able to address it,” Aquino said.

Otso Diretso

On the topic of his co-candidates In the Otso Diretso slate ““the best slate I’ve ever been part of.”
“They are the kind of people we need in the Senate. As they say, the Senate is the last bastion of democracy. We really need an independent Senate,” he said.
OtherOtso Diretso candidates include former senator Mar Roxas, Magdalo Party Rep. Gary Alejano and former ex-Quezon Representative Erin Tañada, lawyers Chel Diokno, Pilo Hilbay and Romulo Macalintal, as well as Muslim assemblywoman Samira Gutoc.

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