Legarda says to address climate issues when Senate returns

Loren Legarda during the proclamation of the winning senatorial candidates at the PICC on May 18, 2022. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — Ancient Rep. Loren Legarda is set to return to the Senate after winning her fourth term in the 2022 Senate race.

“I look forward to my fourth term in the po ngayon Senate. [Ako] the best senior po, hindi po in edad, kundi po in pang-apat kong termino sa Senado ngayon,” Legarda said in her speech on Wednesday after being proclaimed an elected senator.

(I’m the oldest, not because of my age, but because I’m now getting my fourth term in the Senate.)

She said she looked forward to working with the newly elected first-term senators, who she said would bring “a fresh perspective to the current issues facing the Senate today.”

“Noong 1998, ako po ang Benjamin of the [upper] lodge. Pinakabatang senador, aaminin ko, 38 ako midi,” Legarda said, referring to the biblical figure who was the youngest among Jacob’s sons.

(In 1998, I was the Benjamin of the upper house. I confess that I was the youngest senator; I was only 38 at the time.)

“And I can say that the problems of 1998 still persist today. Pero mas malala po ngayon dahil its double crisis that we are facing,” she added, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic and the the climate crisis.

(But the problems are worse today because of the twin crises we face.)

She said that during her new term as senator, she would push for action to address the country’s climate problem, as well as develop “green, sustainable and resilient” methods of recovery from the pandemic.

“Inaalay ko po ang aking karanasan at tatlong termino sa Senado, inaalay po naming lahat ang aming sipag, and alam and sakripisyo po para maibsan po natin ang mga pangangailangan ng taong bayan,” Legarda said.

(I dedicate my three-term Senate experience, and we all dedicate our hard work, wisdom, and sacrifice to serving the needs of our people.)

Legarda finished second in the 2022 Senate race with 24,264,969 votes, behind the actor and fellow Senator-elect Robin Padilla.

Once she is sworn in on June 30, Legarda will serve her fourth term in the Senate. She previously served as a senator from 1998 to 2004 and from 2007 to 2019.

She is the only female politician in the country to have won the first two senatorial elections, first in 1998 and then in 2007.

Legarda also ran for vice president twice, but lost both times, first in 2004 in tandem with the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., then in 2010 with then-Senator Manny Villar. .

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Teresa H. Sadler