Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo today said income tax cuts, Freedom of Information, and more funds for scholarships and financial aid to students would be among his priorities in the next Congress.

“We need to expand the number of people directly benefiting from economic growth. Those paying the right taxes, salaried men and women in their millions, should be given immediate relief through income tax cuts,” he said.

“We also need to ensure that financial assistance are provided to students who need them,” said Romulo, who is running for senator under the Partido Galing at Puso ticket of Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Chiz Escudero.

He said that it was unfortunate that bills that directly benefit the working majority, such as the proposed income tax cuts and the salary standardization law, floundered in Congress. Other priority measures, such as the Freedom on Information bill and
the Bangsamoro Basic Law, also failed to get the necessary support.

“To be sure there were accomplishments that Congress can be proud of. But in the case of the aforementioned measures, we have been, as the
bible says, weighed and found wanting,” said Romulo.

The Pasig lawmaker said if elected to the Senate, he would also focus on legislating measures that would strengthen the country’s
infrastructure and capacity of vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change; ensure the protection of OFWs and enhance their welfare; and increase food support for public school children.

“These are interventions required of government so that no one is left behind as we bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in this country,” Romulo said.