Antique’s top political leaders rally behind AnaKalusugan party-list
VALDERRAMA, Antique – Antique’s top political leaders have made a show of force to endorse AnaKalusugan party-list’s re-election bid in the May 9 polls.
Leading the bigwigs were congressional bet AA Legarda and incumbent Gov. Rhodora Cadiao.
The endorsements of town mayors and provincial board members came after Gov. Cadiao made her own solemn pledge to support the AnaKalusugan party-list, which is fielding her longtime ally and the town’s favorite son, AnaKalusugan nominee Ray Roquero.
“It’s a game changer. AnaKalusugan is going to corner the votes of the unified political parties in the province,” said Sangunniang Bayan re-electionist Pedro “Boy” Labanon.
“The endorsements of Gov. Cadiao and majority of the local leaders ensure a big win for AnaKalusugan,” Labanon said.
Among those who have pledged support for AnaKalusugan party-list are board member Mayee Plameras, herself a physician, SP Nanding Corvera, SP Dondon Niquia, SP Pio Sumande, SP Sueke Palacios, SP bet Dante Beriong and SP Pio Sumande.
Joining them were mayors Julie Pacificador of Hamtic and John Lloyd Pacete of Bugasong, as well as returning mayor Aser Baladjay of Lauan.
Earlier, mayors John Sanchez of Pandan, Maxfil Policar of Anini-y, Jojo Fornier of Tobias Fornier, Bebot Te of Libertad, Christopher Piccio of Belison, Mar Mission of San Remigio, Gil Bandoja of Tibiao, Gian Carlo Occena of Sibalom and Bebot Te of Libertad also vowed to actively campaign for AnaKalusugan party-list.
“AnaKalusugan is here to help our people battle through this pandemic with renewed hope, strength and courage. This is a party-list that was born before the pandemic. But born, it now seems to me, to perform at the right time a task like no other,” said Roquero.
He rallied his constituents to support AnaKalusugan, saying one of the major tasks needed to better strengthen the substance of our national health policy is for the full and genuine implementation of the intent and purpose of the Universal Healthcare Law.
“If this is done, then no Filipino should die because he could not afford to pay his hospital bills,” said Roquero, adding that AnaKalusugan would continue to push for free annual general check-up and free dialysis in public hospitals and the removal of Value Added Tax in maintenance medicines and expensive drugs.
Roquero said AnaKalusugan would likewise pursue its advocacy to regularize barangay health workers and increase the salaries of health personnel while eyeing an upgrade in the standard of local hospitals with modern equipment and facilities and additional medical staff.
In Antique, AnaKalusugan party-list has held caravans in the different towns of Valderrama, Anini-y, Tobias Fornier, Hamtic, San Jose, San Remigio, Belison, Patnongon, Bugasong, Lauan, Barbaza, Tibiao, Culasi, Sebaste, Pandan and Libertad.