MANILA - Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who will be running under the opposition slate, said he wants to be a new voice for the people in the Senate.
Hilbay believes given the performance of the current administration, the people will feel the urge to look at what the opposition has to offer in the upcoming midterm polls.
"Sa tingin ko, kailangan ngayon ng mamamayan ng bagong boses. Sa tingin ko, by 2019 titingin ang mamamayan sa iba, sa oposisyon, at sa mga bagong boses," he said before filing his certificate of candidacy.
"I've never thought myself as a politician pero sa tingin ko ito ang kailangan ng panahon," he added.
Hilbay, a known critic of the Duterte administration, arrived at the Comelec office in the morning with his family and supporters.
He said if elected senator, his priority will be keeping an eye on the government's budget and on the performance of the country's officials.
"Hindi pa tayo kilala, pero pag nalaman nila ang ating istorya at ang ating kakayanan, sa tingin ko makikinig sila sa atin at ilalagay tayo sa balota," he told ANC.