SINCE detained independent senatorial bet Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan is unable to guest on the Eleksyon 2007 Podcast, INQUIRER.net provided him a copy of the set of questions we ask the candidates. Here's an excerpt from Honasan's written answers:
Will you push for constitutional reforms in your first three years in office? If so, what mode? My intention is to provoke a national and in-depth debate on WHAT has to be reformed, and its IMPACT on the country and the people. The mode is a non-issue for as long as it is insulated from partisan politics, upholds the spirit of democracy, and is implemented in such a way that would allow for the people to come to informed and intelligent decisions on it.
Will you push for a review of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States? Review, yes. But like the Anti-Terrorism Act, it is just the icing -- what we need to hammer out is the cake. We need long-term legislation and policies that would identify basic security issues the country faces today, and formulate the appropriate solutions. This is why I have been pushing for the passage of the National Security Code/National Peace Policy in my stint as senator, and I will continue to fight for this piece of legislation because in today's world, it is easy to get lost in the mire of security issues if we do not have a strong foundation and vision of what we want for our country.