MANILA - After losing in the vice-presidential race in 2010, actor Edu Manzano wants to take a shot at a Senate seat next year.
Manzano, accompanied by his three children Luis, Addie and Lorenzo, filed his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros, Manila on Friday.
The actor, who once served as chairman of the Optical Media Board and Makati vice-mayor, said he wants to reduce income taxes.
Manzano said his other major advocacy would be to enhance education by making technology available to students in the country.
"Ang pinaka-premyadong sandata natin laban sa kahirapan is good education. At this point in time na nawawala na ang borders due to technology, gusto ko matulungan ang Philippine education system na maging more competitive in the global arena."
Manzano also eyes infrastructure projects in the provinces as key to solving Metro Manila's traffic nightmare. He reasoned that creating business establishments in idle government lands will create jobs and dissuade the public from seeking employment in the metropolis.
"Importanteng i-decongest talaga ang Metro Manila kaya iniisip namin noon na importanteng mabigyan ng mga insentibo ang mga provincial, regional and local governments outside of Metro Manila para sila ay makapagpatayo ng imprastraktura," he said.
The aspiring senator also believes that a stronger military position will allow the country to defend its territories in the West Philippine Sea.
"Isa po sa mga pinakamalaking problema natin from a military standpoint, wala po tayong kakayahan. Kaya nandyan po 'yung ating mga neighbors na lahat sila ay gumagawa ng mutual defense pacts or treaties where they will come to each other's rescue. We have to be in a position to negotiate," Manzano said.
Manzano, running mate of 2010 presidential contender Gibo Teodoro, said he is running as an independent candidate. He said he has not yet decided who among the presidential bets he will support.