Last Speech of Sen Zubiri - Part 2


HONOR AND INTEGRITY PART 2
Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri

SA HARAP NG DIYOS AT SA HARAP NG TAO AY NAIS KONG PAGTIBAYIN NA HINDI AKO NANDAYA AT WALA AKONG KINAUSAP UPANG MANDAYA PARA SA AKIN SA HALALAN. Ang lahat ng akusasyon laban sa akin ay pawang walang katotohanan. 

I DID NOT CHEAT NOR ASK ANYONE TO CHEAT FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. WE WOULD NEVER TOLERATE ANY FORM OF ELECTORAL FRAUD.

In my family’s almost thirty (30) years of public service in Bukidnon, not once has our name been dragged in any election controversy, not once has an election protest ever been filed against us. This you can ask the people of Bukidnon.

I am not the only one who feels the hurt because of the personal attacks against me and my family. I could feel how my wife has had sleepless nights, my father, my mother, who has undergone two (2) major brain operations and is now constantly suffering physically and emotionally, together with my siblings who have been hurt and affected by such unfounded and baseless accusations.

Kung ako lamang ang naka-darama ng masasakit na batikos at akusasyon, ay maaring makayanan ko pang dalhin.

Ngunit sa sandaling nakikita ko ang aking asawa, ang aking nagmamahal na magulang, at ang aking mga kapatid, kaibigan at mga kapanalig…damang dama ko rin ang kanilang pagdaramdam. Ang hapdi at pait na kanilang dinaranas dahilan sa mga walang basehang paratang laban sa aking pagkatao at bilang isang halal na Senador.

Mahal ko ang aking tungkulin bilang isang Senador at isang lingkod bayan o public servant. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit sa loob ng mahigit sa apat na taon kong paglilingkod dito sa Senado, ay aking maipagma-malaki ang mga nagawa ko upang tumbasan ang tiwala at pagkakataong ibinigay ng taong bayan sa akin upang ako ay makapag-lingkod sa ating bansa.

Isang paglilingkod na aking maipagma-malaki na walang bahid dungis. Hindi ako umabuso o nagpayaman sa aking katungkulan. Hindi ako nagkaroon ng maraming bodyguard o “back up" o gumamit ng anumang ‘wang wang’ kahit noong ako ay Kongresista pa lamang. Sa madaling salita, hindi pa man sinabi ng Pangulong Aquino ang sikat na salitang “Walang Wang-Wang"- iyan ay bahagi na ng aking panuntunan bilang isang lingkod bayan sa ating bansa. 

Mr. President, modesty aside and without being too repetitive, let me cite our legislative accomplishment in the last four years. In the 14th Congress, the Senate had passed 651 laws, of which around 90 are of national significance and 561 laws of local application. It was a record breaking performance for the Senate, surpassing the record of the chamber in the last three or four Congresses combined, especially in passing local bills which our colleagues in the House of Representatives had long been clamoring for.

The Senate did that in the 14th Congress under the able leadership of the incumbent Senate President who was also the Senate President then and more importantly with the support and active participation of our colleagues in the 14th Congress. 

Of those laws of national significance, this representation has sponsored, principally authored, co-sponsored and/or authored around 32 laws. Some of which are the:

1. RA 9520 – Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008 (Sponsor and Author)

2. RA 9513 – Renewable Energy Act of 2008 (Co-Sponsor and Author)

3. RA 10068 – Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (Sponsor and Author)

4. RA 9679 – Home Development Mutual Fund Act of 2009 (Principal Author and Co-sponsor)

5. RA 9653 – Rent Control Act of 2009 (Principal Author and Co-sponsor)

6. RA 9507 – Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Loan Condonation Act (Sponsor and Author)

7. RA 9997 – the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Act of 2009 (Sponsor and Author)

8. RA 9996 – the Mindanao Development Authority Act of 2010 (Principal Author and Co-sponsor) 

9. RA 9904 – the Magna Carta for Homeowners and Homeowners’ Associations (Sponsor and Author)

10. RA 9903 – Condonation of Penalties on Delinquent Social Security Contributions (Principal Author and Co-sponsor) 

11. RA 9507 – the Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Loan Condonation Program (Sponsor and Author) 

12. RA 9850 – Declaring Arnis as the National Martial Art and Sport (Sponsor and Author)

13. RA 10121 – Philippine Disaster Risk Management Act (Co-sponsor and Author)

14. RA 10143 – Establishing the Philippine Tax Academy (Sponsor)

15. RA 10026 – Granting Income tax Exemption to Local Water Districts (Co-Sponsor and Co-Author)

16. RA 10072 – New Charter of the Philippine Red Cross (Co-sponsor and Author)

17. RA 10073 – New Charter of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (Author)

18. RA 9645 – Declaring July 27 of Every Year as Araw ng Iglesia Ni Cristo and as Special Working Holiday (Co-sponsor and Author) 

19. RA 9849 – Declaring Eidul Adha as a National Holiday (Co-sponsor and Author)

20. RA 10023 – Free Patents Act (Author)

21. RA 9851 – International Humanitarian Law (Author)

22. RA 9500 – UP Charter Amendments (Author)

23. RA 10122 – Strengthening the Literacy Coordinating Council (Co-sponsor)

24. RA 9505 – Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA) Act of 2008 (Author)

25. RA 9504 – Individual Income Tax Rate Exemption Law (Author)

26. RA 9502 – Cheaper Medicines Act (Author)

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