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LOS BAÑOS — Bronson Grajera, a retired overseas Filipino worker, is running for governor under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, a group that supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s push for a federal government. The 58-year-old Pila native, who holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Accountancy, has no prior experience in public office, but he is running, he says, “para wakasan na ang korapsyon sa Laguna.” He plans to do this by establishing cashless transactions and process monitoring in government offices. Grajera also aims to prioritize funding for public hospitals, strengthen cooperatives, provide cheap energy, and make technical and language skills available to everyone.
Grajera also wants to eradicate the presence of illegal drugs in the province. He agrees with the president’s move to publicly release a “narco-list” that contains the names of local officials allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. He is, however, in favor of the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
At the UPLB gubernatorial forum, various sectors made known their concerns through short video clips. Grajera addressed some of these, emphasizing the need, for instance, for proper implementation of existing laws and programs, like those concerning persons with disabilities and senior citizens. In terms of state-funded education, he said, “Kung hindi kinokorap ng gobyerno ang pera, may pondo para dyan.”
The gubernatorial candidate also addressed concerns from the women’s sector. He said that if elected, he will push for the establishment of a “special law office” for women. In terms of violence against women and children, he said, “Tataasan yung mga kaukulang parusa para sa mga yan.” He is also in favor of death penalty for heinous crimes like rape.
With the recent water crisis in Manila, Maynilad drafted a short-term plan that will source water from Laguna Lake. Grajera is in favor of this move. Should Laguna come to such a crisis he proposes to filter water from Laguna Lake through modern technology.
The president’s Build, Build, Build program includes Laguna Lake conversion that will displace fisherfolk in the province. Unfortunately, Grajera said, there is little that can be done about it, as the program is already in place. “Ang magagawa na lang ay bigyan kayo ng kaukulang hanapbuhay. Kailangan ng alternative livelihood.” But if need be, he said, “Pwede namang pakiusapan ang pangulo.” (Laguna Now)