Fed up with PH's problems, fishball vendor tries to run for senator

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2018 08:30 PM

Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Fed up with the problems of the country, a fishball vendor traveled all the way from San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan to the Commission on Elections office in Intramuros on Friday to try his chances of getting a Senate seat.

Wearing a green polo barong, Cesar Calagos Roca filed his certificate of candidacy, even though his 4 children have questioned his move.

"Nakita ko lahat simula nung bata ako hanggang sa tumanda ako. Ilang taon na ako, 59, wala pa ring pagbabago," he said. 

The soft-spoken Senate hopeful claimed he was a seaman from 1980 to 2004. He used his savings to buy a tricycle which he lost to "budol-budol" robbers in 2013. 

"Noon nagda-driver ako ng tricycle. Ngayon, nag-aano na lang ng fishball," he shared. 

Worse, he added, a year before he lost his tricycle, his wife left him.

"Binalewala na ko e. Okay lang. Kaya naman. Sacrifice," he said. 

Roca already tried to run for senator in 2010 but he was disqualified for being a "nuisance candidate."

Asked if he thinks he can make it this time, he said he is leaving it all to God. 

If elected senator, the 59-year-old father said he will push for free education for the youth and free public healthcare. 

"Nakita ko 'yung mga nangyayari sa Pilipinas e. Nakita mo 'yung mga bata minsan wala nang makain, tatlong beses sa isang araw. Saka sa kapaligiran natin, 'yung mga dine-demolish na iskwater," he lamented. 

He said he also agrees that a war against illegal drugs is needed, but he said the current anti-narcotics drive of the government needs to be fixed. 

"Kaya ako tumakbo, kasi nakita ko lahat e," he said.