Cayetano out to be a problem-solver in the Senate

Cayetano out to be a problem-solver in the Senate

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator-elect Alan Peter Cayetano said on Thursday that he will be a problem-solver in the Senate by bringing a “scientific” and solution-based approach, focusing on facing the country’s post-pandemic economic challenges.

“Sa science walang majority o minority. Sa science, simple lang, tama at mali,” Cayetano said during the groundbreaking of the Taguig City Science Terminal and Exhibit Center on June 9, 2022.

“So kung tama ang gagawin ng administrasyon, nandun si Alan Cayetano para sumuporta. Kung mali, nandun si Alan Cayetano para tindigan at sabihing mali,” he added.

This approach to his work in the Senate, according to Cayetano, is based on his conviction that public officials should be “solutions looking for problems” especially during difficult times for the country.

“Katulad ng scientist, it’s not enough to say na it doesn’t work or it’s wrong; they have to come up with an alternative. Let us find a way to work together,” the senator-elect said.

Cayetano also explained that his position is faith-based instead of just a political calculation, saying opposition without proposing alternative courses of action would only create bigger problems for the people.

“If I am a true Christian public servant, if I really believe in science, then hindi pwedeng ganun yung pag-iisip ko. Dapat ang pag-iisip ko, maganda yung conclusion — how do we get there?” Cayetano said. He added, “For me po, wala pong conflict ang faith at science, ako’y naniniwala na ang Diyos din ang gumawa ng science. Ang science po ang nagsasabing ‘always doubt and always test’; kahit sa Bibliya po ang sabi, ‘test the spirit.'”

The former House Speaker, who has had to field inquiries in the last few weeks about whether or not he will join the Senate minority block, maintained that he would rather be known as a problem-solver in the 24-seat upper chamber.

“Refusing to solve a problem can become a much bigger problem,” he said. (ai/mtvn)

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