2nd time's the charm? Biazon eyed for LP slate

Posted at 04/27/12 10:51 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Will Ruffy Biazon's second attempt for a Senate seat finally end in victory?

Speaking to ANC, the defeated senatorial bet turned Bureau of Customs chief said there are still no formal talks within the Liberal Party on who will be fielded as senatorial candidates for the 2013 elections.

He noted: "If that is the direction of the party, then I am being drafted. Dalawa lang naman yun - they really want me in the Senate or they really want me in the BOC."

Asked if he wants to join the senatorial race, he said: "I am more comfortable in the legislative department but I am always up for a challenge. If the challenge for me is to stay here then so be it."

Biazon, an LP stalwart, placed 14th in the 2010 senatorial election with 8,626,514 votes.

He was appointed Customs chief last September, replacing Angelito Alvarez.

Biazon said he was initially hesitant to take on the Customs portfolio since it is a "make or break job."

"Pag upo mo pa lang negative na kaagad. There are so many issues na andali ibato sa iyo and it's difficult to recover from but I accepted it because it's a challenge where we can do something. Sabi ng pangulo gawan mo ng paraan diyan," he said.

The Customs chief said there are many reforms needed in the bureau including a move towards paperless transactions and automation.

He admitted, however, that there are a lot of  reforms in the BOC that can only be done on the outside."

"Now I have the benefit of being inside. In case that happens, I can make reforms from another seat," he said.