The Patriots’ vote: Senatoriables on DLSU-D-chosen issues
In light of the initial mock elections conducted in DLSU-D, see the platforms and words from the resulting senatorial bets—broken down in detail and compared with Patriots’ ideal leader profile based on the February 21 to March 15 Prospective Leaders’ Stand on Issues survey in the DLSU-D Student Portal participated by 789 Lasallians (489 students, 228 faculty members, and 68 staff members).
Respondents: 789 members of the Lasallian community; Faculty = 228 (28.90%); Staff = 68 (8.62); Student = 493 (62.48%)
- Envisions a long-term sustainable development plan toward self-sufficiency of a locality or country. Naglalayon na magkaroon ng sustainable development plan at kasarinlan ng pamayanan o bansa man.
|Candidate||Envisions a long-term sustainable development plan||Quote|
|Grace Poe||✓||As a candidate during the 2016 presidential elections, Poe compelled power distributors to use renewable energy: “We must commit to strong actions on the climate for the sake of the underdeveloped sectors of our society, because it truly has a domino effect on other sectors beyond the economy, and taps into health, education and housing.”
In light of the recent water crisis in Manila, “We need to find a sustainable way to use this precious resource.”
|Pia S. Cayetano||✓||In 2008, then-Senator Cayetano backed Greenpeace’s campaign “Shift towards renewable energy, reduce dependence on dirty coal.”
“In the interest of sustainable development and a self-reliant energy sector, and to cope with the demands of power while grappling with the reality of climate change, the government must immediately commit to harnessing renewable energy,” then-Senate Committee on Natural Resources chairperson and principal sponsor of the Renewable Energy Act stated in a press release.
|Sonny Angara||Following the current water crisis in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces, re-electionist Angara urged the government to improve reforms on water supply.
“The problem brings to light the urgent need to put in place an integrated water resource master plan for water security,” he said. “With the dry spell getting severe each year, climate change and increasing population, it is imperative that we secure all available and accessible water resources.”
In this light, Angara proposed to amend the Water Code of the Philippines, as well as enforcing the Rainwater Collector and Springs Development Act of 1989. Also proposing to enforce the El Niño action plan for areas in the country affected by drought.
|Chel Diokno||“There has to be a comprehensive program of the government, kasi sa ngayon, parang watak-watak ang water policy ng ating pamahalaan. At may iba-ibang ahensiya, may kanya-kanyang sakop na jurisdiction. Parang kung minsan ‘di mo na alam kung ano’ng ginagawa ng kanan at kaliwang kamay,” Diokno said in response to the water crisis.
Included in his platforms are addressing issues related to water, energy, and mining. He stated that there is a need to balance the use of natural resources and sustenance for future generations of Filipinos.
|Francis Tolentino||Amid the Metro Manila water shortage crisis, “As early as December walang naniniwala sa akin, when I was shouting there will be a water crisis – I fought with MWSS (Metro Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System), they raised rates which I opposed,” Tolentino mentioned.
He said that there should be cohesive efforts to place water as a basic need whereas he aims to create a Department of Water–proposing to consolidate different functions of water sectors of the country, such as Metro Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System, Local Water Utilities Administration, National Water Resources Board and National Irrigation Administration, for the government to better address and provide solution the water shortage.
|Jiggy Manicad||“Ang aking pong isusulong, pangunahin ay pagpaparami ng pagkain sa ating bayan. Pagpapalakas ng agrikultura, isang maka-Pilipinong agrikultura ang aking isusulong. Gawin po – gamiting ang mga pag-aaral at teknolohiya mula sa iba’t-ibang unibersidad.”|
|Ronald dela Rosa|
|Koko Pimentel||In a press release as senator, re-election hopeful Koko Pimentel called on the country to rethink the use of single use plastics: “Our economy’s strong performance has increased production and consumption. Unfortunately, it also increased the plastic waste we generate in the course of our daily activities. It’s time we consider how we can use plastic in a less destructive way,” pertaining to the damage that plastic consumption may bring to the fishing industry.
“It will be a disaster for everyone if we are to lose our fishing industry and the livelihood and sustenance it provides … I understand the convenience and economics of plastic use. However, we should never let short-term benefits doom us in the long term,” he said.
2. Agrees with extra-judicial killing (EJK) as an instrument of justice.
|Grace Poe||✓||“The lives of every Filipino, rich or poor, should be protected by government.”|
|Larry Gadon||✓||“Masuwerte pa nga sila, kasi kung ako ang presidente, mas marami akong pinatay. Mas marami akong papatayin kung ako ang presidente, mahina pa ’yang si Digong eh.”|
|Pia S. Cayetano|
|Chel Diokno||✓||“I don’t think being quiet is an option and I have never been quiet, since the start of EJK, I was one of the first to criticize the killings.”
|Ronald dela Rosa|
3. Comes from a political dynasty.
|Grace Poe||✓||Poe pushed for the passage of the Anti-Political Dynasty Bill despite having supporters reigning from political dynasties.||“Our country has been called an ‘Anarchy of Families.’ Pero sa totoo, I think politics in our country is more like a game of ‘Trip to Jerusalem’ – si mayor ay makikipagpalit kay governor, si board member ay magiging congressman. And in doing so, the circle of available ‘seats’ gets smaller every election cycle.”|
|Pia S. Cayetano||✓||Despite belonging to the Cayetanos of Taguig, Pia stated “If the majority of Filipinos decide that there should be a clear cut law [on political dynasties] … of course we will comply.”|
|Sonny Angara||Along with 12 other senators, Angara signed Senate Bill No. 1765 which aims to abolish political dynasties.|
|Ronald dela Rosa||✓|
4. Uses fake news to promote his/her own political agenda.
5. Has pending case/s on corruption or any other criminal case (e.g., harassment, murder, and the like) in court.
6. Agrees with the re-imposition of death penalty.
7. Promotes the extension of the implementation of the Martial Law in Mindanao.
8. Promotes the country’s territorial integrity against China.
9. Values the Bangsamoro peace progress.
10. Agrees to lower the age of criminal liability of children-in-conflict-with-the-law from 15 to 9.
11. Agrees with mandatory drug and HIV testing for young people under 18 years of age.
12. Agrees with endo or contractualization of Filipino workers.
13. Gives work opportunities to foreign workers amidst the lack of employment for Filipinos.
|Grace Poe||On the increasing number of illegal foreign workers in the Philippines, she said that the government should be “serious” in “taking care of our borders”, while suggesting the labor department to provide skills training for Filipino workers to help them compete with foreigners.|
|Larry Gadon||Some of his platforms such as promoting peace and order and lowering cost of electricity are rooted in attracting foreign investors. However, he doesn’t have specific statements regarding legal/illegal foreign workers.|
|Pia S. Cayetano||–|
|Sonny Angara||On the case of growing numbers of allegedly illegally working foreigners employed by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), he speculated that as the gamers online are from China, they hire Chinese workers as speaking Cantonese or Mandarin “is a skill not possessed by Filipinos.”|
|Ronald dela Rosa||“Illegal is illegal, ‘di ba? Kung illegal, eh di dapat gawing legal. […] Dapat kunin nila lahat ng requirements, ano mga requirements na kailangan para maging legal sila, gawin nila.”|
14. Promotes the expansion of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.
15. Promotes a clear platform for economic development of the country.
16. Promotes a clear platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM).
|Candidate||Has a clear platform||Has no clear platform||Quote|
|Grace Poe||✓||Grace Poe filed Senate resolution No. 100 that seeks to review the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act. Moreover, Poe sponsored Republic Act 10639 or the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act that will allow service providers to send alert to their constituents on the impending disaster near their area. The law was approved by previous President Benigno Aquino III on June 2014.|
|Pia S. Cayetano||✓||Pia Cayetano co-authored Climate Change Act of 2008, under this act, there will be a commission that will be tasked to Coordinate with local government units and private entities to address vulnerability to climate change impacts, Recommend legislation, policies, programs on and appropriations for climate change adaptation, mitigation and other related activities and among others. This act ensures preparedness to disaster brought about by climate change|
|Sonny Angara||✓||Sonny Angara filed Senate Bill No. 1944, an act requiring the teaching of disaster awareness and disaster mitigation as part of the curriculum of all primary and secondary schools.
|Francis Tolentino||✓||Included in the 2019 platform of Francis Tolentino is the disaster preparedness program:
“I also propose setting up a well-planned system for rehabilitating communities adversely affected by natural and man-made disasters, with the assistance of the private sector, through appropriate tax incentives, and urban renewal programs,” Tolentino said.
|Jiggy Manicad||✓||“Ang Disaster Preparedness Management at Science and Technology ay dapat na magkatuwang para sa mas maayos at mabilisang pagtugon sa mga magiging biktima ng kalamidad. Bukod diyan ay dapat maisaayos din ang relocation o evacuation program upang maiabot ang nararapat na tulong sa mga biktima, lalo na doon sa mga mahihirap na lugar,” Jiggy Manicad said as part of his platform for the Philippines midterm elections|
|Ronald dela Rosa||✓|
17. Agrees on the conversion of agricultural land or ancestral domains to industrial, commercial, or residential land use.
|Candidate||Agree||Disagree||No clear stand on the issue||Quote|
|Grace Poe||✓||Introduced Senate Bill No. 341 and 342 that seeks to give assistance to farmers and promotes cooperative farming while discouraging conversion of agricultural land.|
|Pia S. Cayetano||✓||Authored House Bill No. 1171, an act providing for sustainable forest management that covers the protection against the conversion of ancestral domain.|
|Sonny Angara||✓||Proposed that the administration should also focus on campaigning the agricultural revolution aside from the Build, Build, Build campaign of the Duterte administration,
|Ronald dela Rosa||✓|
18. Has been reported to have participated in drugs.
|Pia S. Cayetano||✓|
|Ronald dela Rosa||✓|
19. Proposes a clear solution for traffic issues.
20. Allows logging, mining, quarrying, and other projects that are harmful to the environment.