Senate hopeful wants death penalty for corrupt politicians

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2018 05:14 PM

Senate hopeful Gerald Arcega. Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - "Death penalty to the corrupt politicians!"

This was the battle cry of a 42-year-old man when he filed his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office on Thursday afternoon. 

Gerald Arcega of Batangas believes corrupt politicians deserve death because they are the real cause of poverty in the country.

"Isusulong ko ang tunay na death penalty! P***** **a, patayin lahat ng mga kurakot sa gobyerno! 'Yan po ang nararapat," said Arcega, clad in black suit. 

Arcega, who's been a private citizen all his life, said he can no longer allow poverty in the country,

He said he will be running under the Labor Party of the Philippines, alongside Shariff Albani, who also ran for senator in the 2016 elections. 

Arcega said he wants all government-owned and controlled corporations to become "people owned" for better public service.

Once a Christian before he converted to Islam, Arcega said he also wants unity among the two dominant religions in the country. 

"Kung hindi po magkakaisa ang dalawang magkapatid na relihiyon, hindi po magkakaroon ng tunay na kapayapaan sa bansa," he said. 

Arcega said his chances of winning may be slim because the "recycled" candidates remain popular, but at least he made the voice of ordinary people heard.