founder of Ako Bisdak Party-List has urged the people of Central Visayas to
vote all party-lists in Region 7 to bring influence in Congress in passing laws
to fast tract economic recovery and promote health.
Retired Rear Admiral Ernesto “Eboy” Enriquez of
the Philippine Navy (PN) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said that
it is now time for the Central Visayas people to unite and vote all
Visayan-based party-lists to maximize representations in the House of
Enriquez, Ako Bisdak secretary general and
number one nominee, said that in Cebu alone, there are at least three
party-lists, namely: Ako Bisdak Party-List, TUCP Party-List of Rep. Raymond
Democrito Mendoza and Ako Bisaya of Rep. Sonny Lagon. There is a coming fourth
which he did not mention.
The second nominee of Ako Bisdak is Virgilio
“Dodong” Mendez, former director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI),
former state auditor of the Commission on Audit (COA) and incumbent mayor of
San Miguel, Bohol.
“He (Mendez) is a dedicated public servant and
has an untainted record in public service,” Enriquez said.
The third nominee is Architect Rommel Gavieta
of Guimbal, Iloilo and an official of the Bases Conversion Development
In the 2019 elections, Ako Bisdak got only
51,000 votes, while TUCP and Ako Bisaya got only one congressional seat each.
It’s because Cebu voters voted party-lists based in Luzon and Mindanao which
they didn’t know, and who did not bother to help them at this time of economic
crisis as a result of the Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
“Since Cebu has about three million voters as
per records at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and only 200,000 votes are
needed for one seat in Congress, the Cebuanos can send nine to twelve congressmen
to the House of Representatives, three each for Ako Bisdak, TUCP and Ako Bisaya,
and another party-list which he did not divulge because it is still being fimalized.
If that is added to the eleven district congressmen in Cebu, the Cebuanos will
have a total of 20 to 23 congressmen who will represent them in Congress in the
next term, 2022 to 2025,” Enriquez said.
Enriquez was born inside Camp Lapu-Lapu in
Lahug given that his father was an officer of the Philippine Army (PA). But he,
his parents and siblings lived in Punta Princesa, Cebu City since 1964. He was
baptized at Lourdes Shrine. His mother was a teacher in Labangon Elementary
School. His parents hail from Carcar City, and the towns of Barili and Sibonga
in Cebu. He finished elementary education at Punta Princesa Elementary School
and completed high school at Abellana National High School Batch ’78.
He graduated from the Philippine Military
Academy (PMA) Batch ’84 and has served in the Philippine Navy, AFP for 38 years.
He retired from the service with a rank of rear admiral.
During his stint in the AFP, Enriquez finished
a Master’s Degree at Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in 1992; a Master’s Degree at Kings College in London,
United Kingdom in 2006; and with special trainings and programs in the United
States, Australia and England.
After he retired from the service in 2018, he,
together with his batch mates at Abellana National High School formed Ako
Bisdak to represent several sectors in Congress.
The Ako Bisdak’s platforms include Cultural
Re-Integration, Infrastructure Connectivity, Economic Connectivity, and Tax
In cultural re-integration, Enriquez said all
voters in the Visayas (Regions 6,7 and 8), numbering approximately 10.1 million,
shall vote as one and only for party-lists located in the Visayas.
“It’s nice to hear a strong and united Visayan
block in Congress that can initiate public debates in issues that will promote
the welfare of the people,” Enriquez said.
In infrastructure connectivity, the government
must construct bridges that will connect all provinces in the Visayas like the
Cordova, Cebu-Getafe, Bohol Bridge and Santander, Cebu-Amlan, Negros Oriental
Bridge. This will reduce time, money and effort in transporting goods and
In economic connectivity, the government must
be a trade facilitator among provinces, especially in tourism and agriculture to
improve the living condition of the people.
In tax reform, Enriquez said the Tax Code of
the Philippines shall be amended so that business firms must pay taxes to the
localities where they are making business.