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Neri Colmenares guns for Senate seat anew


By Xave Gregorio

Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares is giving a senatorial candidacy for the second time around, this time aiming to scrap excise taxes imposed by the first package of the administration’s tax reform program.

Accompanied by hundreds of supporters and the congressmen from the militant Makabayan bloc, Colmenares trooped to the Commission on Elections office Thursday (October 11) to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator.

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo was also with Colmenares when he filed his candidacy.

Colmenares said he would be repealing excise taxes imposed by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law on petroleum products, rollback value added tax and push for a law banning contractualization.

He previously mounted an unsuccessful senatorial run in 2016 as part of then-presidential bet Senator Grace Poe’s Senate slate.

“Alam naman natin na ang eleksyon sa ating bansa, kailangan mo ng malaking pera, malaking pondo,” Colmenares told reporters before filing his COC.

“Pero mayroon kaming kayamanan na tingin naman namin lamang kami sa ibang partido pulitikal: May masa kaming sambayanan na sumusuporta sa amin,” he continued.

A human rights victim under the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Colmenares authored the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act, the Anti-Torture Law and the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law.

He was a three-term party-list representative of militant group Bayan Muna.