VERA FILES FACT SHEET: Where Senate bets stand on top five concerns of the Filipino voter

From song and dance numbers to motorcades, Senate hopefuls have employed various ways, different tactics, and styles during this campaign period to woo voters. Some went house-to-house; others opted to address larger audiences in more than a hundred campaign caravans.

But where do senatorial candidates stand on issues that voters most care about?

In the second half of Vera Files’ election series, we kept track of statements, advocacy, policy agenda, previous bills and consistency in standpoint of senatorial candidates on the five most “urgent national concerns” according to a February 2019 Pulse Asia pre-electoral survey.

These are:

  • controlling inflation
  • improving or increasing worker’s pay
  • fighting graft and corruption in government
  • creating more jobs
  • fighting criminality

Pulse Asia asked 1,800 likely voters nationwide to pick from a list three issues that need urgent action from the Duterte administration, or name an issue themselves. The survey had a ± 2.3 margin of error.

The second part of the series covers former Pagsanjan Mayor Abner Afuang, lawyer Marcelino Arias, former PNP Highway Patrol Group officer Balde Baldevarona, Labor Party Philippines national president Mel Chavez, businessman Luther Meniano and physician Doc Willie Ong.

Here are facts you need to know:


Abner Afuang, former Mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna

Marcelino “Mar” Arias, Lawyer


Jonathan "Balde" Baldevarona, former PNP Highway Patrol Group officer


Melchor “Mel” Chavez, National President, Labor Party Philippines

Luther “Lot” Meniano, Businessman

“Doc” Willie Ong, Physician



Sources:

Abner Afuang

ABS-CBN News Youtube, Halalan 2019: ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate, Feb. 29, 2019

News5 Everywhere Youtube, Aplikante sa Senado - Abner Afuang, March 29, 2019

GMA Public Affairs Youtube, Investigative Documentaries: Abner Afuang, planong tutukan ang

karapatan ng mga senior citizen, March 7, 2019

Supreme Court rulings on inacceptance of lie detector test as basis for truth

Supreme Court of the Philippines, People vs Adoviso, June 23, 1999

Supreme Court of the Philippines, People vs Reanzares, June 28, 2000

Supreme Court of the Philippines, People vs Carpo, April 4, 2001

Marcelino "Mar” Arias

Marcelino Arias, Platforms of Government

ABS-CBN Youtube, Harapan 2019: The ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate, March 3, 2019

News5Everywhere Youtube, Aplikante sa Senado - Atty. Marcelino Arias, April 3, 2019

DZBB Facebook Page, Live sa DZBB: Atty. Marcelino Arias at dating Solicitor General Florin Hilbay sa “Ikaw Na Ba? The Senatorial Interview 2019, Jan. 29, 2019

Jonathan "Balde" Baldevarona

ABS-CBN News on Youtube, DZMM TeleRadyo: MESSAGE 'SEN'' - Jonathan Baldevarona may sagot sa netizens, February 12, 2019 (0:31-2:34, on fighting criminality)

ABS-CBN News on Youtube, DZMM TeleRadyo: ISYU, IT'S YOU - Bernard Austria, Jonathan Baldevarona at Luther Maniano, February 12, 2019 (1:06-3:29, on fighting criminality)

News5, http://news.tv5.com.ph/Aplikante/watch/PVCMWPSjvTA/jonathan%20baldevarona, March 28, 2019 (1:35-3:44)

ABS-CBN News on Youtube, Balde Baldevarona sumalang sa 'fast talk', 0:55-1:03 and 2:03:206on fighting corruption and graft)

One News PH, Replacing conditional cash transfers, April 9, 2019 (04:35-04:58, on improving/increasing workers' pay)

Melchor "Mel” Chavez

UNTV News and Rescue, Ex-journalist Melchor Chavez to push reforms in land titling if victorious in Senate bid, Jan. 21, 2019

ABS-CBN News Youtube, Harapan 2019: ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate, March 3, 2019

GMA News Youtube,

Debate 2019: The GMA Senatorial Face-Off, Feb. 10, 2019

CNN Philippines Youtube, The Filipino Votes: Senatorial Forum Part 6, March 24, 2019

News5Everywhere, Aplikante Sa Senado: Melchor Chavez, April 10, 2019

Luther "Lot” Meniano

ABS-CBN News on Youtube, Luther Meniano sumalang sa 'fast talk', March 2, 2019 (0:54-1:01 and 1:14-:33, on fighting criminality)

News5Everywhere, LUTHER MENIANO, March 27, 2019 (4:01-5:55 and 14:01-18:44, on fighting graft and corruption)

ABS-CBN News, 11 kandidato sa pagkasenador sumalang sa #Harapan2019, March 3, 2019 (3:11-3:40, on creating more jobs)

ABS-CBN News, DZMM TeleRadyo: MESSAGE 'SEN'' - Luther Maniano may sagot sa netizens, February 12, 2019 (0:44-1:55 , on controlling inflation) (2:42-3:51, on creating more jobs)

Luther Meniano's Facebook account

"Doc” Willie Ong

ABS-CBN News, Willie Ong sumalang sa 'fast talk', February 17, 2019 (1:40-1:43, on fighting criminality)

UNTV News and Rescue, Dr. Willie Ong talks about his 2019 senatorial bid and PH health care system, January 10, 2019 (31:30-33:07, on controlling inflation) (35:17-40:10 and 40:15-41:02, on fighting criminality) (52:44-52:55, on fighting graft and corruption)

ABS-CBN News, Hot Copy on Headstart: Senatorial candidate Willie Ong, March 5, 2019 (25:56-26:01, on fighting graft and corruption)

Dr Willie Ong, DZRH : Tampok sa #iVotePH2019: Dr. Willie Ong, Lakas CMD Senatorial Candidate, November 22, 2018 (1:27-6:12, on controlling inflation) (12:34-12:59, on fighting graft and corruption)

Manila Bulletin Online, #Harapan2019: Willie Ong on age of criminal responsibility, February 18, 2019 (0:09-0:49, on fighting criminality)


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