Señeres declares presidential bid

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 08 2015 03:05 PM | Updated as of Oct 09 2015 08:35 AM

MANILA - OFW Family Club Party-list Representative Roy Señeres has declared his plan to run for President of the Philippines in the 2016 national elections.

"I'm running for president. I'm happy to inform you I have a complete slate. I have a vice presidential candidate, 12 senators. I'm running under a Comelec-accredited party," he said.

Señeres told a briefing at the Lower House that he was urged by a manifesto from the OFW FORSE or Friends of Roy Señeres Everywhere, the ATAKK or Alisin ang Tanikala ng Kontraktwalisasyon at Kurapsyon, and the Respect our Security of Employment Movement.

Señeres said he will announce in due time his vice presidential candidate and the complete 12-man senatorial slate.

He said his candidates are not ready to be named yet, but added that three of his senatorial candidates are OFW community leaders.

The entire slate will run under the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka led by lawyer Jose Malvar Villegas.

Señeres said they will focus on the eradication of contractualization and job order employment and corruption. Señeres said contractualization robs 15 million Filipino workers of their security of employment.

He claimed hundreds of businessmen lay off workers every 3 to 5 months. Señeres said he would issue an executive order as president, directing all employers to comply with the law and ban the termination of workers every 5 months or else they will be penalized.

"According to latest statistics, there are 15 million contractuals working in giant malls and chain restaurants. This is against the law and the constitution because the constitution says every worker must have security of tenure. They cannot be dismissed from work without just and authorized cause," he said.

Señeres said OFWs have promised 5 dollars each to fund his campaign even as he said he will not take campaign contributions from tycoons.

He said this was the same political party used by Rene de Villa in 1998 when Señeres ran for the Senate.

Señeres hopes he will not be considered a nuisance candidate because he has proven his electability as congressman.