2019 is the year that many politicians have changed the game. Some “dynasties” were finally put to an end by new leaders.
Here are 5 known politicians who made an impact in 2019:
Last May 29, 2019, the Safe Spaces Act or “Bawal Bastos” act lapsed into law. The act was principally authored by Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros.
The law aims to penalize gender-based street harassment like catcalling and wolf-whistling among others.
“Now, women and LGBTs have a strong policy instrument to protect us from gender-based street harassment. With this law, we will reclaim our streets from harassers and gender bigots and make public spaces safe for all," Hontiveros said.
Aside from pushing the Safe Spaces Act, Hontiveros also authored other proposed measures like the 105-day expanded maternity leave, divorce bill, and SOGIE bill.
Mayor Francis Zamora has ended the almost 50-year-reign of the Estrada clan in San Juan City. Zamora vowed to make a “new San Juan” after he claimed the victory.
During his first week as San Juan mayor, Zamora signed an executive order to make the city transparent. It sought to institutionalize a pre-audit system in all transactions of city departments.
Rappler reported that Zamora also made San Juan a “smart city” by providing free Wi-Fi to most parts of the city.
“Now I've been elected as mayor, I have a chance to correct wrongdoings, and to clean up the local government of San Juan. This is a very good opportunity to change San Juan. I believe that's the reason why people voted for me,” Zamora said.
Alan Peter Cayetano
House Speaker and Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Alan Peter Cayetano received lots of criticism days before the SEA Games 2019 took place in the Philippines.
However, the opening and closing ceremonies of the SEA Games 2019 gained many praises because it was filled with colors and world-class performances.
The PHISGOC also received an “Excellence Award” for hosting the 30th SEA Games.
Vico Sotto defeated and ended the reign of Bobby Eusebio, whose family ruled over Pasig City for over three decades. He was recognized as the youngest mayor in Metro Manila so far.
Sotto prioritizes the health of Pasigueños by allotting P36 million to cover their PhilHealth. He also added a budget to provide more scholarships for students.
“We enjoin the public to continue reporting cases of corruption. Like I said, and this is a stern warning to everyone: The corrupt will be dealt with accordingly,” Sotto said.
As reported by the Philippine Star, Sotto claimed that the city government saved over P150 million for curbing corruption.
Isko Moreno dethroned former President Erap Estrada as the mayor of Manila City. One of his biggest orders was the clean-up drive in some crowded areas in Manila like Divisoria and Quiapo.
Moreno also signed orders that grant extra allowances for qualified students, as well as senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and solo parents.
“After those two decades of me being on the fence and watching somebody leading the city, then we ended up where we are today, I think if I’m going to follow the same footsteps, no new things will come to Manila tomorrow. So I have to do things differently,” Moreno said.
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