Noynoy, Mar target universal health care for all Pinoys
Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and his running mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II promised to expand the coverage of health insurance to all Filipinos by 2013 if they win in the May 10 elections.
Roxas said this would be among the “priority projects” of an Aquino-Roxas administration to give ordinary citizens easy access to quality healthcare, along with better education, economic growth and job creation.
“We have a program called universal healthcare, which means that all of our countrymen will have better and easier access, and work as well for increased benefits of state health insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corp.,” he said.
via Philippine Star.
Sumilao farmers back Noynoy’s candidacy
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—While some farmers from Hacienda Luisita are criticizing Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for his family’s non-distribution of the plantation’s land, another group of farmers pushing for agrarian reform is backing up his presidential candidacy.
Farmers from Sumilao, Bukidnon were present at Aquino’s campaign rally in Cagayan de Oro Tuesday, where some of them even lit torches for the Liberal Party standard bearer.
The Sumilao farmers gained nationwide attention in late 2007 when they marched all the way from Bukidnon in Mindanao to Manila to push for their claim to their land. (See: Sumilao farmers return to a tearful reunion in hometown)