Augusto Boboy Syjuco is running for president
Last night, a group of influential bloggers and netizens met with the former Iloilo congressman Augusto Boboy Syjuco. He was a cabinet official during the time of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and as far as his experience in government is concerned, Syjuco is no stranger to public service and knows the workings of government work only too well.
The bloggers’ night was one that saw an informal dinner mostly of home-cooked dishes. Who doesn’t like to talk politics over a warm, homecooked meal?
Tito Boboy, as he is fondly called, is the official presidentiable of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), the former political vehicle of the Marcos administration. Syjuco was a congressman of the second district of Iloilo. He is a native of Sta Barbara, Iloilo.
He is one of the first persons to file his certificate of candidacy for the position of president when the COMELEC announced they were accepting COCs. Syjuco reasoned that his reason for joining the presidential race was that he has had enough what he describes as negligence and corruption on the part of the Aquino administration, particularly in issues that affect the flow of commerce.
Syjuco’s platform of governance was bared to the netizens who attended an informal blogcon at his residence in Forbes Park. One of issues that he wants to resolve at the soonest is the state of the Philippine Internet service. Bloggers feel very strong about the state of broadband service because it is their livelihood and main mode of communication. Tito Boboy promised that when elected he will prioritize the following:
1. Have fibre cable Internet service all over the country. Syjuco believes that the only way to bring broadband service costs down is to have the infrastructure in place.
2. Allow foreign companies up to 60% ownership of a business venture in the Philippines. He believes that multinationals will be more attracted to set up a regional headquarters in the Philippines by allowing the investors to own more shares making it more attractive for them to pour capital into the economy.
3. Abolish the value-added tax. Removal of taxes is always good news.
Syjuco is very concerned with our country’s Internet woes which many of the netizens and bloggers feel that indeed it is high time that someone in government gives a damn about the broadband infrastructure in the Philippines.