Maceda backs gay rights

Posted at 02/05/2013 10:24 PM

MANILA - Senatorial candidate Ernesto Maceda on Tuesday said he supports gay rights and moves to end discrimination against members of the  lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

Senatorial candidate Ernesto Maceda

Maceda, a former Senate president and a Cabinet minister during the term of then-President Corazon Aquino, said on ANC's Harapan 2013 forum that gender discrimination should be outlawed.

"We support any bill that outlaws discrimination. We will fully support gay rights. It's part of a modernizing society," he said.

During the forum, however, Maceda focused his attention on his belief that the government should take more steps in fighting corruption.

He believes President Benigno Aquino is clean but he wants investigations on Cabinet-level agencies and bureaus.

Maceda said the top 3 things he will have the Senate  investigate are smuggling at the Bureau of Customs; overpriced and ghost projects; and, agriculture funds.

Maceda, who will run under the slate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the May elections, said he will not be beholden to the Palace.

"We'll fiscalize, give suggestions if Aquino is doing something wrong. UNA senators will not be puppets," he said.

PORK BARREL

He also took a potshot at the pork barrel of lawmakers.

"The Aquino administration could be more proactive in efforts against corruption. I expected PNoy to reduce the pork barrel but he increased it," he said.

Maceda vowed to reduce the pork barrel of senators, as well as the other funds the lawmakers get. "I will move to reduce Senate's budget. Senators get over P50 million a year. I'm surprised at the huge amount reported."

He said his age and experience are assets in his bid for a new Senate term.

"It is expected that older, more experienced people should go to the Senate," he said.

"I'm offering 53 years of experience that will enable me to craft good laws, look for solutions to our problems," he added.