MANILA - Paranaque councilor and senatorial aspirant Alma Moreno on Wednesday said her multiple sclerosis will not impede her senatorial bid.

Moreno, Venesa Lacsamana in real life, admitted her daughter, Wynwyn Marquez, had tried to discourage her from running because of her health.

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"Nakita nila yung pagod ko as president and chairperson sa liga namin (Philippine Councilors League), yung sobrang pagod. E mas nakakapagod yung papasukin [ko]. Pero may deal kami, sige, magpapa-check up ako sa Makati Med. Lahat sila kasama ko," she said in an interview on ANC's Headstart.

She said she prayed for a sign if she should continue with her senatorial bid and got it when she did not fall ill after going with Vice-President Jejomar Binay and his team to different provinces.

"Umikot kami ng umikot, pagod lahat. And sa awa ng Diyos, wala. So kaya ko," she said.

According to the US National Library of Medicine, multiple sclerosis is a nervous system disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the material that surrounds and protects nerve cells. This damage slows down or blocks messages between the brain and body, leading to the symptoms of MS.

Symptoms of MS include visual disturbances, muscle weakness, trouble with coordination and balance, sensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles" as well as thinking and memory problems.

There is no cure for MS, but medicines may slow it down and help control symptoms.


In the interview, Moreno admitted she initially did not plan to run for senator. She said her plan then was to campaign for her son, Vandolph Quizon, who is running for Paranaque councilor under the Liberal Party.

She said it was divine intervention that led her to accept Binay's invitation for her to join the United Nationalist Alliance. She also sees nothing wrong that she and her son are running under different parties.

"I was with Mayor Edwin Olivarez under LP in my current and last term. He talked to me that he would get Vandolph to run as councilor. We're close and he is my partymate in ParaƱaque so I entrusted Vandolph to him," she said.

The actress-turned-politician believes her nine-year experience as ParaƱaque City councilor and head of the Philippine Councilors League qualifies her for a Senate seat and will give her the edge in the upcoming polls.

“Basta si Alma Moreno po ay may puso para sa tao. May paninindigan po si Alma Moreno. May malasakit sa bawat Pilipino, yun si Alma Moreno,” she said.


Moreno said she is not keen on supporting the pending anti-political dynasty bill if she wins in next year's elections.

She said members of the same family should be allowed to serve in different government positions as long as they work for the good of their constituents.

She added that the people are free to choose their leaders based on merits and accomplishments.

"Okay sa'kin basta maganda ang ginagawa. Maraming ginagawa. 'Di rin naman sila mananalo kung hindi gusto ng tao eh. Bakit sila binoboto pa rin ng tao?" Moreno said.

Moreno also said that she believes Vice-President Binay is innocent of the corruption allegations, adding that it's up to the court to decide on the matter.

"Hindi pa naman napapatunayan sa husgado. Puro allegation pa lang naman. Kumbaga wala pa, hindi naman sinabi na guilty na," she said.

Having failed relationships and having her marriage annulled once, Moreno said she doesn't approve of legalizing divorce and same-sex marriage in the country.

When asked about the Reproductive Health Law, Moreno said she partly supports it but rejects the idea of using artificial means for birth control, adding that the government should rather allot budget for other programs than funding contraception.

Moreno said she will push for women's rights if she gets elected in the Senate, pointing out that the existing laws for women's welfare in the country are not yet enough.