Where do senatorial candidates stand on issues voters most care about?
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.
- 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
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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