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 fourth part of the series covers candidates: broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, Sen. Koko Pimentel, former Sen. Bong Revilla Jr., former Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino and Sen. Cynthia Villar.

Here are facts you need to know:


Rodrigo "Jiggy" Manicad Jr., Broadcast Journalist


Maria Imelda Josefa "Imee" Marcos, Ilocos Norte Governor


Aquilino Martin "Koko" Pimentel, Senator


Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., former Senator


Francis Tolentino, former Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs



Cynthia Villar, Senator



Sources:

Rodrigo "Jiggy" Manicad Jr.,

One News PH, Manicad’s Senate Agenda, Jan. 28, 2019

Manila Bulletin, (TRANSCRIPT) Harapan 2019: The ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate, Feb. 17, 2019

Tsek.ph, Candidates’ claim on TRAIN’s link to fuel prices needs context, March 7, 2019

Better pay for media workers

The Manila Times website, Manicad seeks better pay for media members, Feb. 18, 2019

ABS-CBN News, Veteran TV reporter Jiggy Manicad files candidacy for Senate, Oct. 17, 2018

UNTV News and Rescue, Veteran journalist Jiggy Manicad files COC for senator, Oct. 17, 2018

Stance on libel as a crime

ABS-CBN News, Libel should stay as a crime, says Senate bet Jiggy Manicad, Feb. 18, 2019

Rappler.com, Jiggy Manicad: Libel should stay a crime to prevent ‘abuse’ by journalists, Feb. 17, 2019

Inquirer.net, Manicad says he might reconsider stand on decriminalization of libel, Feb. 26, 2019

Philstar.com, Manicad now open to decriminalization of libel, Feb. 26, 2019

In favor of Death penalty to corrupt officials

ABS-CBN News Youtube, Headstart: Jiggy Manicad shares his stance on federalism, death penalty, Feb. 25, 2019

Maria Imelda Josefa "Imee" Marcos

Facebook.com, Imee Marcos, #VAT #Inflation #IMEEsagot #IMEEsolusyon, Dec. 11, 2018

Inquirer.net, Imee Marcos: Suspending VAT on basic commodities will benefit more Filipinos, Oct. 21, 2018

Manila Standard, More to gain from VAT suspension

http://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/278581/more-to-gain-from-vat-suspension-imee.html

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1776696

https://www.facebook.com/ImeeMarcos/photos/a.10150222305542431/10156709551247431/?type=3&theater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SwKJG_nyLg

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Imee%20Marcos%20trabaho&epa=SEARCH_BOX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X95gl-p5Tdk

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Imee%20Marcos%20jobs&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Aquilino Martin "Koko" Pimentel

ABS-CBN News, DZMM TeleRadyo: MESSAGE 'SEN'' - Koko Pimentel, may sagot sa netizens, February 19, 2019 (3:46-4:33, on fighting criminality) (0:29-1:14, on controlling inflation) (0:41-0:59-on creating more jobs)

GMA News, #Debate2019: Alejano, Alunan, Colmenares, Marcos, Pimentel | Round 1, February 9, 2019 (13:12-13:17, on improving/increasing workers' pay)

ABS-CBN News, Headstart: Senatorial candidate Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III, March 10, 2019 (21:10-22:02, on improving/increasing workers' pay) (33:54-34:40, on fighting criminality)

Senate of the Philippines, Koko: President's abolition of Road Board shows seriousness in fighting corruption, March 20, 2019

Senator Koko Pimentel on Facebook, KOKO PIMENTEL WANTS CORRUPT-RIDDEN ROAD BOARD ABOLISHED, May 6, 2015

Senate of the Philippines, The Political Party System Act

Senate of the Philippines, Koko calls for proper implementation of laws on motorcycle safety

Senate of the Philippines, ABOLISHING THE ROAD BOARD

Senate of the Philippines, Koko: Bill strengthening political party system needed

Official Gazette, Joint Resolution No. 1

Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.

Bong Revilla Official Website, Pangunahing Programa ni Sen. Bong Revilla

Official Facebook Page, Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.

P125 minimum wage hike

Senate of the Philippines, Senate Bill No. 2179

Senate of the Philippines, Press Release: Revilla Urges Congress to Fast Track Wage Hike Bill, April 30, 2008

Senate of the Philippines, Senate Bill No. 1981

Senate of the Philippines, Press Release: Revilla to Employers: P125 Wage Hike or Double Pay?, April 24, 2011

In-favor of death penalty for plunderers and false accusers

Inquirer.net Youtube, Bong Revilla favors death penalty for plunderers, false accusers, March 3, 2019

Rappler, Sandiganbayan acquits Bong Revilla of plunder, Dec. 7, 2018

CNN Philippines, Acquitted of plunder, Bong Revilla out on bail on graft charges, Dec. 10, 2018

Sandiganbayan First Division, People vs Revilla, Jr, et al, Dec. 7, 2018

Senate Bills

Senate of the Philippines, RA 10175: Cybercrime Prevention Law of 2012

Senate of the Philippines, RA 10630: Juvenile Justice Welfare Council

Senate of the Philippines, Senate Bill No. 2403

Francis Tolentino

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUh0v4R7NNU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJN1ndWm3aI

https://verafiles.org/articles/vera-files-fact-check-senate-hopeful-francis-tolentino-wrong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZWuWtQW-w0&feature=youtu.be&t=1782

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuZtu8PlCr4

https://francistolentino.com/platform2019

Cynthia Villar

ABS-CBN News, Anti-drug drive must prioritize rehabilitation: Villar, August 21, 2017

ABS-CBN, News Patrol: Villar inimungkahi ang price ceiling para sa presyo ng bigas | August 29, 2018

Senate of the Philippines, STRENGTHENED PHILIPPINE COCONUT AUTHORITY (PCA) LAW

Senate of the Philippines, Legislative Process

House of Representatives, LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION

Senate of the Philippines, Villar vows to prioritize law allowing coconut farmers to benefit from coco levy funds, February 18, 2019

Manila Standard, Duterte vetoes P100-billion coco bill, February 16, 2019

GMA News, Duterte vetoes coco levy bill providing P100-B trust fund for farmers, February 15, 2019

Inquirer.net, Villar to refile vetoed coco levy fund bill ‘within the year’, March 6, 2019

Philippine Competition Law (R.A. 10667)

Senate of the Philippines, Villar eyes livelihood projects for dairy, coconut products, February 21, 2019

Senate of the Philippines, Villar cites the role of cooperatives to fight poverty, November 21, 2017

Inquirer.net on Youtube, Villar: Emerging consensus is to lower age of criminal liability to 13, January 29, 2019

Rappler, LOOK: Senate committees recommend 12 years old as minimum age of criminal liability, January 30, 2019

Manila Bulletin, Senate plenary debate on lowering of MACR set for Monday, January 31, 2019

CNN Philippines, Senate panels: Place erring minors in 'reformatory center,' penalize parents, January 31, 2019

Villar SIPAG, http://www.villarsipag.org/page?id=2&menu=3

Senator Cynthia Villar, http://www.cynthiavillar.com.ph/as-senator/

The Philippine Star, Villar: Backyard veggies gardening, makababawas sa epekto ng inflation, October 13, 2018

Rappler, Like Piñol, Villar urges Filipinos to plant vegetables to cope with inflation, September 10, 2018

PNA,Villar, Piñol urge Filipinos to grow own veggies, September 10, 2018

Senate of the Philippines, Backyard veggies will cushion inflation impact - Villar, October 12, 2018

Senate of the Philippines, Transcript of interview with Sen. Cynthia Villar after the Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in Las Pinas, March 6, 2019

GMA News, NTG: Panayam kay Sen. Cynthia Villar, September 10, 2018

Cynthia Villar on Facebook, Ha-hanep na ang buhay kay Misis Hanepbuhay

GMA News, UB: Panayam kay Sen. Cynthia Villar, August 29, 2018

UNTV News and Rescue, Job training sa construction worker malaking tulong sa Build, Build, Build project ng pamahalaan, February 20, 2019

Senate of the Philippines, Senate Bill No. 2923

Senate of the Philippines, Senate transmits rice tariffication measure to OP, January 16, 2019



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