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JV, Bato back Jamjam Baronda’s congressional bid

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Senate bets Joseph Victor Ejercito and Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa have promised to help former councilor Julienne “Jamjam” Baronda, a candidate for Congress, push legislation and projects benefiting Iloilo City, Panay News reported.

Dela Rosa said he knew Baronda even before his appointment as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP). He added he has seen how she worked in the Senate and helped the PNP push its programs.

“Nakatrabaho ko talaga si Jam-Jam sa Senado kasi siya ang kausap naming pagnagpapa-aprub kami ng budget ng PNP at kung ano pang mga programa. Nakita ko ang dedication niya at pangarap niya para sa Iloilo. Kaya 101 percent akong tutulong sa kanya,” according to him.

Ejercito, for his part, said he will ensure the Western Visayas Medical Center Heart and Lung Center and the West Visayas State University Medical Center Heart, Lung and Kidney Institute will be completed as he will work with Baronda, his chief political officer, to facilitate funding for the projects’ second phase.

“I want that each region with have a specialty hospital so that Filipinos would not go to Manila anymore for your heart surgeries or organ transplantation procedures,” the chairman of the Senate health committee said.

“I will help get the additional funding to get these projects completed. And that would be done more easily if you make Jam-Jam Baronda your congresswoman and you re-elect me so we can work in tandem,” he also said.

Baronda said her “H.O.P.E” platform of government, which stands for health, obra (work), peace and order, and education programs, will be easier to realize as she has Senate counterparts who could push her reform agenda.

“Senator JV and General Bato will be my champions in the Senate because whatever I propose in the Lower House will now have counterpart bills in the Upper House. It would be easier that way because bills have to be approved by each house of Congress for it to become a law,” she explained.