“I confirm that I am mulling running for a seat in the Senate. VP Jojo Binay has offered me a slot in the UNA slate and I told him that I am seriously considering his offer,” law professor and human rights advocate Harry Roque wrote in his blog harryroque.com.
Roque cites reasons why he contemplates to run in the 2016 senatorial race. “The Philippines remains a dependency of the United States, and the traditional elite has remained in power in Congress and in the Executive branch,” he said. “erhaps, my participation in the policy making branch of government will make more of an impact in effecting change in our society.”
“My role as a public interest lawyer and as a Professor has taught me how to use existing tools towards the building of a more egalitarian and an open society,” he added. “Certainly, my background will assist me in crafting laws for the same ends.”
He also wants “to prove that common citizens, including law professors and human rights advocates, can be elected by the people to the Senate. If Jovito Salonga and Miriam Defensor-Santiago did it, I see no reason why I cannot do the same.”
He also added that Vice President Binay “is entitled to his human right of presumption of innocence, particularly in an election year.”
“I also believe that his background as a lawyer, a human rights advocate, and as a local executive of the country’s premier city makes him the best choice for President in 2016,” Roque said.