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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%)

 

  1. 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.
Choice Tally Percentage
No 48 6.08%
Yes 741 93.92%

 

 

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.”

Willie Ong  
Larry Gadon  
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.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 688 87.20%
Yes 101 12.80%

 

Candidate Agree Disagree With Reservations Quote
Grace Poe     “The lives of every Filipino, rich or poor, should be protected by government.”
Willie Ong  
Larry Gadon     Masuwerte pa nga sila, kasi kung ako ang presidente, mas marami akong pinatay. Mas marami akong papatayin kung ako ang presidente, mahina payang si Digong eh.”
Pia S. Cayetano        
Sonny Angara        
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.”

 

 

Francis Tolentino        
Jiggy Manicad        
Ronald dela Rosa        
Koko Pimentel        

 

 

3. Comes from a political dynasty.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 714 90.49%
Yes 75 9.51%

 

 

Candidate From Not

 

  Quote
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.”
Willie Ong      
Larry Gadon      
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.  
Chel Diokno        
Francis Tolentino        
Jiggy Manicad      
Ronald dela Rosa      
Koko Pimentel        

 

4. Uses fake news to promote his/her own political agenda.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 759 96.20%
Yes 30 3.80%

 

5. Has pending case/s on corruption or any other criminal case (e.g., harassment, murder, and the like) in court.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 739 93.66%
Yes 50 6.34%

 

6. Agrees with the re-imposition of death penalty.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 428 54.25%
Yes 361 45.75%

 

Candidate Agree Disagree With Reservations Quote
Grace Poe     “Alam mo, hindi lang naman death penalty ang solusyon. Sa ating lipunan, kailangan diyan ay mayroong kasamang law enforcement, community. Kasama na din diyan ang hudikatura.”
Dr. Willie Ong     “Kung talaga sa heinous crime, pwede.”
Larry Gadon     “Dapat talaga ibalik ‘yan. Isipin mo minor”
Pia S. Cayetano     Voted Yes to House Bill No.  4727 seeking the return of the death penalty on, March 7.
Sonny Angara     “ [I] was open to it because of the drug lords expanding their empires in jail at public expense…but I’m now thinking twice because of police corruption and manipulation of [the] legal system”
Chel Diokno     “Anti-poor ang death penalty. Ang nahahatulan lang ng death sentence ay ang mahihirap, at alam naman natin na ang issue ng death penalty, hindi yan ang sagot sa krimen.”

 

“Tutol na tutol po ako sa death penalty dahil anti-poor po ang death penalty.. It is not the severity of the punishment but the certainty [of it] that stops crime.”

Francis Tolentino     “Nakakabahala nga na dumadami ang high value entries ng illegal drug sa atin. Siguro dapat ibalik na ang death penalty.”
Jiggy Manicad    
Ronald dela Rosa     “Drug trafficking, saka other heinous crimes, ‘yong mga rape” (on restoring the death penalty)

 

“Mag-file ako bill na death penalty para sa corrupt na mga pulitiko.”

Koko Pimentel     “Flexible ako sa death penalty. My initial resistance to the death penalty is not based on religion, it’s just policy. Death penalty is a policy or a weapon or a tool of the State to control criminality and to impose law and order. Hindi naman based on religion yung aking stand eh so I can change my mind.”

 

7. Promotes the extension of the implementation of the Martial Law in Mindanao.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 399 50.57%
Yes 390 49.43%

 

Candidate Agree Disagree With Reservations Quote
Grace Poe     “I would like to ask the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), what is their basis for an actual rebellion, nandiyan pa ba ang Maute? Nandiyan pa ba ang ISIS (Islamic State)?”
Willie Ong      
Larry Gadon    
Pia S. Cayetano     Voted yes to martial law extension in Mindanao on July 2017
Sonny Angara     “Syempre influential ang view ng mga nakatira dun (Mindanao) kasi sila ang personal knowledge. Personal experience nila yun. Sila ang under threat so papakinggan namin sila”

 

Voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the third time until the end of 2019.

Chel Diokno     “When the human rights violations are a result of the ongoing militarization that came from the extension of martial law, then these are relevant sa issue ng pag-e-extend ng martial law.”
Francis Tolentino     “Basing it on media reports, we have recent skirmishes in Region 11, Region 9 that perhaps […] only the commander-in-chief has access to confidential intelligence information.”
Jiggy Manicad    
Ronald dela Rosa     “I hope that the people from Luzon won’t complain about it because we Mindanaoans are enjoying the safety and security brought about by Martial Law.”
Koko Pimentel     “Kapag ako naman ay nagtatanong sa mga kapwa ko taga-Mindanao, wala akong naririnig na violent o vehement objection sa martial law.”

 

 

8. Promotes the country’s territorial integrity against China.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 44 5.58%
Yes 745 94.42%

 

Candidate Actions/Quote
Grace Poe “The West Philippine Sea will freeze over first before China will even begin toying with the idea of giving us back those islands.”
Willie Ong “Atin ‘yung West Philippine Sea. Kailangan lamang tayo (in the case of joint exploration of the sea).”
Larry Gadon
Pia S. Cayetano
Sonny Angara “When it comes to national territory you cannot really cede your rights. Because it is something that both present and future generations can enjoy.”

 

“Hindi basta basta na sa-sign away ang mga rights natin of the national territory.”

Chel Diokno Has represented the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in signing a petition before the Supreme Court over the damage of the West Philippine Sea.

 

“Nababahala kami, lalong-lalo na ang mga mangingisda, sa panghihimasok ng Tsina at mga barko ng Tsina sa West Philippine Sea na niyuyurak at talagang nasisira ang ating kalikasan doon”

 

 

Has attempted to go to the Scarborough Shoal and plant a Philippine flag with fellow Otso Diretso candidates Samira Gutoc, Florin Hilbay, and Gary Alejano Read to emphasize their advocacy of standing for Filipino fishers.

 

Francis Tolentino
Jiggy Manicad Has criticized Otso Diretso members for their attempts to plant the Philippine flag along Scarborough Shoal for ‘publicity’, stating, “We must avoid turning these sensitive issues towards our advantage as political candidates. Hindi ito simpleng sortie o project na pwede po nating gamitin for publicity.”
Ronald dela Rosa “Huwag nilang sabihin na si President Duterte ay hindi nationalistic, hindi patriotic na tao. Siya pa? Alam niya ‘yang kanyang pakikisama niya sa China, at the back of his mind, hindi niya talaga ibibigay ang Pilipinas”
Koko Pimentel Has continuously supported the country’s close ties with China, stating “Huwag tayo matakot sa China. […] These are our neighbors, marami tayong shared values sa kanila.” and “We befriended China, our giant neighbor to the north, which fortunately also wants to befriend us. Why should we fight when we can be friends?”

 

9. Values the Bangsamoro peace progress.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 20 2.53%
Yes 769 97.47%

 

Candidate Action/Quote
Grace Poe In favor of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, stating the law’s passage is key to peace in the country.

 

“It’s really a privilege and a very important time in our history…Mahalaga ito (Bangsamoro Organic Law) para sa ating mga kababayan kasi finally, ang tinatamasa nating suporta para magkaroon ng sarili ring pamamalakad ang ating mga kababayan dito, ay matutuloy na.”

Willie Ong
Larry Gadon Received tremendous flak and calls for disbarment over his 2016 pre-election interview with GMA News wherein he opposed BBL and stated,  “Lulubusin ko sila roon. Dadalhin ko ang buong pwersa ng sandatahang Pilipinas at papatayin ko silang lahat. Susunugin ko ‘yang mga bahay nila. Papatayin ko pati ng ipis at mga daga […] Lahat, kailangan burahin ang lahi nila. Kahit nga masunog ang kaluluwa ko sa impyerno gagawin ko ‘yan.”

 

Recently this 2019, Gadon is continuing to clean up his anti-Muslim remarks stating “”I was referring to those creating trouble in Mindanao… ang sinabi ko kanina, walang kinalaman dito ang Islam. Ang sinasabi ko ‘yung nanggugulo. Kahit naman sila mismo ayaw nila doon sa nanggugulo.”

Pia S. Cayetano  

Signed the 2015 committee report on changing Bangsamoro Basic Law’s (BBL) name to the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region along with substantial differences from the draft bill.

 

Sonny Angara Angara is a co-sponsor of RA 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) which includes the allocation for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

 

“We pin our hopes on the leaders of the new autonomous political entity to change the lives of our Mindanaon brothers and sisters who equally deserve opportunities to be employed, educated and cared for by the government.”

Chel Diokno
Francis Tolentino “Peace is a prerequisite for the attainment of progress and stability and for the deliverance of our fellow Filipinos in Mindanao who have long been saddled by poverty and caught in the crossfire. The success of the BOL plebiscite last January 21 beamed positive signs for the long-awaited unity in vision of the people in the region.”
Jiggy Manicad
Ronald dela Rosa
Koko Pimentel Supported the January 2019 ratification of the Bangsamoro Law as a ‘historical milestone’ for the region.

 

“Regional peace and stability and complementary national measures like the Ease of Doing Business Law will fuel economic development and attract the investments Mindanao needs.”

 

10. Agrees to lower the age of criminal liability of children-in-conflict-with-the-law from 15 to 9.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 501 63.50%
Yes 288 36.50%

 

Candidate Agree Disagree With Reservations Quote
Grace Poe     “Holding children as young as nine years old criminally liable will not address the root causes of juvenile offenses. If they are indeed being used by syndicates, then law enforcers should go after these syndicates victimizing the children. Let’s save the children instead of incarcerating them.” (From official press release)
Willie Ong     “Ang average (age of criminal responsibility) sa buong mundo is 11 years old. […]Pero ibababa lang natin kung kumpleto na ‘yung Bahay Pag-Asa at hindi natin ilalagay sa kulungan.”
Larry Gadon     “Sangayon ako sa pagbaba ng [MACR], dahil ang mga bata ngayon ay mas matalino alam nila ang mali at tama. Ngayon kung ang problema ay pasilidad, yun dapat ang bigyang pansin. […] Ang mali, mali at yun ay dapat parusahan”
Pia S. Cayetano     Proposes better interventions, not criminal charges, to child offenders.

 

“Many minors have been preyed upon and dragged into a life of criminality by syndicates, who take advantage of their vulnerability, lack of proper guidance, supervision, and support from the families and communities.”

Sonny Angara     “If they are sentenced for committing a crime, then there must be some intervention for them, whether in a juvenile center or ‘Bahay Pangarap’, but not in a regular jail where chances for reform are slim. Under the old law their sentence was suspended until they reach the age of majority.”
Chel Diokno     “Hindi po ako papayag na ibaba nila ang age of criminal responsibility. Ang dapat parusahan diyan ang mga sindikato, hindi ‘yung mga bata. Biktima din ang mga bata.”
Francis Tolentino     “Sang ayon ako gawing 12, 13 years old, coming from 15…. Pagkanaprosecute po ang isang bata dapat po magkaroon ng diversion proceedings, ‘di po ginawa ito. [… Magkakaron ng boys’ town, kung saan pagkatapos makakabalik sila sa mainstream lipunan, may dignidad din, at kikilalanin bilang reformed individual.”
Jiggy Manicad     “Naniniwala ako na dapat ibaba dahil base ito sa karanasan na nakita natin sa kalye: mga batang hamog, mga batang courier ng droga, mga batang kriminal. Subalit ‘di po sila dapat isama sa hardened cirminals.”
Ronald dela Rosa     “Kayong mga kabataan (to the youth), you are the reason why Duterte declared war on drugs. He wanted to save the future.”
Koko Pimentel     Calls for the improvement of Bahay Pag-asa centers instead, stating “Despite the law providing for adequate funding to ensure ‘Bahay Pag-asa’ centers are built, there are reportedly only 58 facilities nationwide, miserably below the requirement of the law.”

 

11. Agrees with mandatory drug and HIV testing for young people under 18 years of age.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 180 22.81%
Yes 609 77.19%

 

12. Agrees with endo or contractualization of Filipino workers.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 567 71.86%
Yes 222 28.14%

 

Candidate Agree Disagree With Reservations Quote
Grace Poe     Ang ‘end of contract’ ay hindi makatarungan. Ang mga tao ay hindi makina na basta itatapon na lang.”
Willie Ong     “In small businesses, maybe they cannot (end endo) but in big businesses, fast foods, department stores, I think endo should be stopped and I will really vote to end this.”
Larry Gadon     “We cannot avoid endo because the service sector, most of them are only temporary jobs, so the solution there is to strengthen the industrial sector.”
Pia S. Cayetano      
Sonny Angara     “Congress needs to strengthen the prohibition against labor-only contracting and provide stricter penalties against employers who circumvent labor laws through a system that is designed to prevent workers from attaining regular employment and security of tenure.”
Chel Diokno     “The issue is not only in the private sector but also for workers in the government […] Endo should really stop and I will defend this if ever I get a seat in the Senate.”

 

He emphasized that there are ‘legitimate’ contractualization practices and how we  need to draw a ‘fine line’ between “legitimate outsourcing of what are considered not core services and those that are used by companies simply to cut labor costs.”

Francis Tolentino     “We need to change the Labor Code of the Philippines, and also change the appropriate civil service regulations.”
Jiggy Manicad     “We will not back down in fighting big companies that are enforcing contractualization until now, especially in the government that should be the model of properly enforcing labor laws.”

 

Ronald dela Rosa      
Koko Pimentel     “Ensuring job security is one of the goals of the current administration. A law, a legal safeguard protecting workers from unreasonable job contractualization should be in place at the soonest possible time.”

 

 

13. Gives work opportunities to foreign workers amidst the lack of employment for Filipinos.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 554 70.22%
Yes 235 29.78%

 

Candidate Action/Quote
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.
Willie Ong
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.”
Chel Diokno
Francis Tolentino
Jiggy Manicad
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.”
Koko Pimentel

 

14. Promotes the expansion of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 437 55.39%
Yes 352 44.61%

 

Candidate Agree Disagree With Reservations Quote
Grace Poe     She admittedly regrets signing the law, saying she supported it because “the President himself said the government needs (it) to be able to roll out its program.”

 

She explained that the revenues were collected but the measures for the public’s benefits weren’t immediately implemented, causing the situation to “worsen”.

 

“Now they are pushing for TRAIN 2, disguised as ‘Trabaho’ (law).  We have to study this thoroughly to make sure that it will not cause us more harm, considering what we are currently going through.”

Willie Ong     Kailangan nating ituloy ito (TRAIN law) dahil sa Build, Build, Build at dahil ang batas na ito, nabawasan [rin] ang buwis na binabayaran ng mga empleyado.”
Larry Gadon     When asked on his plans on addressing inflation, he denies the need to change TRAIN law.

 

“Ang isyu dito ay ‘yung mahal ang bilihin ‘yun ang sinabi kanina. Alam niyo ba na ang inflation rate sa bigas nitong taon ng 2017 ay 8%, at ang isda ay 11%. At ang kagulat-gulat ha, ‘yung mga gulay 12%.Anong ibig sabihin nito? Kulang tayo sa produksyon. Walang kinalaman dito yung TRAIN Law.”

 

Pia S. Cayetano      
Sonny Angara     He continually supports the TRAIN law, denies its link to the inflation, and defends it against criticisms.

 

“When you criticize TRAIN [law], how come they don’t talk about the income tax exemption of P250,000 which benefitted millions of families? And no one talks about the estate tax, about the simplification of the tax code. […] You ask 10 economists, 9 out of 10 will tell you [it’s] because of global demand…. Siyempre gustong gamitin yan ng ibang partido o indibidwal for political benefit I can’t blame them.”

Chel Diokno       Hindi po makatarungan ‘yung sobrang pagtaas ng presyo ng bilihin. Hindi makatarungan ang excise tax na napapaloob sa TRAIN Law, dahil ‘yun ang talagang dahilan kung bakit tumaas ang presyo ng langis at sunud-sunuran na ‘yung ibang mga bagay.”
Francis Tolentino     In a debate with Sen. Bam Aquino, he insisted the need of the TRAIN Law for funding the government’s programs.

 

FT: “Ginawa ni Pangulong Duterte, pag-upo pa lang ho, nasingil pa ‘yung Mighty Tobacco Corporation, nasingil po si Mr. Lucio Tan ng six billion—”

 

BA: “Eh bakit pa tayo nag-taas ng buwis?”

 

FT: “Sa dami ho ng pangangailangan nga, gaya ng sinasabi ni senator Bam na free education, sa’n mo kukunin ang pantustos niyan?”

 

(Bam Aquino furthered that the free tuition had been funded prior passing of TRAIN law.)

Jiggy Manicad     “Naniniwala po ako na dapat po ay hindi talaga isinasama sa panibagong taxation ang presyo ng mga produktong petrolyo dahil po tatamaan talaga nito ang mga basic commodities. Dapat po ang binubuwisan ay ‘yung pong makakasama sa kalusugan, maaalat na pagkain, matatabang pagkain at iba pa. Subalit, kung ito po, mga produktong petrolyo ang tatamaan, basic commodities at pinakamahihirap po ang tatamaan nito.”
Ronald dela Rosa      
Koko Pimentel     He supported the passing of TRAIN Law in senate, and later on said it could be amended to slowly remove increase in the excise on oil products.

 

“Our minds should be open to reviewing the TRAIN law, and if we imposed an excise tax on an item whose world price can’t be controlled, we should take a hands-off stance.”

 

 

15. Promotes a clear platform for economic development of the country.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 22 2.79%
Yes 767 97.21%

 

Candidate Has a clear platform Has no clear platform Quote
Grace Poe   After having signed  by President Rodrigo Duterte, she clarified that the work for the 2019 budget doesn’t end there yet. She stressed the need to ensure that it would be spent “where it was allocated and is felt by the people.”

 

“The budget should ensure that our economy will work for everybody, especially the poor, who most need basic services.”

Willie Ong    
Larry Gadon    
Pia S. Cayetano    
Sonny Angara   He is most vocal about creating job opportunities for senior citizens, considering more investments in agriculture sector, and urging accountants and auditors to assist in financial transparency and collection of the right taxes.
Chel Diokno   ●      Pag-tapos sa ‘endo’;

 

●      “Maka-mahirap na programa ng modernisasyon sa agrikultura na nakasentro naman sa mga pangangailangan sa teknolohiya ng maliliit na magsasaka;

 

●      “Polisiya sa transportasyon na nakatutok sa paggalaw ng mga tao at hindi sa paggalaw ng mga sasakyan;

 

●      “Mura at maaasahang internet na bubuksan natin sa mas maraming Pilipino habang hindi sinasakripisyo ang seguridad nila.”

Francis Tolentino   “I stand for greater empowerment of local government units and establishment of regional clusters for increased economic benefits at the grassroots.

 

I therefore propose the amendments to the Local Government Code that will accomplish the following:

 

●      Increase allocation of Internal Revenue Allotment based on performance and its automatic release to local government units (LGUs)

●      Create a Police Youth Reserve Corps to help in peace, order and disaster response

●      Establish and support Community Colleges offering courses attuned to their needs of communities where that are located; LGUs with the most resources will shoulder a greater part of the funding for community colleges, while LGUs with the least resources will receive a greater share of funding assistance from the national government.”

Jiggy Manicad    
Ronald dela Rosa    
Koko Pimentel   “The third pillar of the President’s Philippine Development Plan is Patuloy na Pag-unlad. Under this pillar, the government seeks to lay down the foundation of an economic growth that can be further accelerated and sustained beyond the term of the Duterte administration.

 

One of the ways the government hopes to achieve this is by maximizing and adopting science, technology and innovation. I often say that I regard myself as a scientist and mathematician, more than a lawyer. Hence, I fully support the development of science, technology, and innovation.

 

In the upcoming campaign this 2019, I will be espousing the promotion of a “science culture” here in the Philippines, although I know that this topic is not a sexy topic for a campaign. Win or lose, I will follow what I believe, in my heart, is the right thing to do.”

 

16. Promotes a clear platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM).

Choice Tally Percentage
No 19 2.41%
Yes 770 97.59%

 

 

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.
Willie Ong    
Larry Gadon    
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.

 

“This is why it is important to equip students with knowledge on mitigating and managing hazards and risks brought by natural disasters like typhoons and earthquakes,” Angara said.

Chel Diokno    
Francis Tolentino   Included in the 2019 platform of Francis Tolentino is the disaster preparedness program:

“I therefore propose that the national government allocate funds to a Community Rehabilitation/Recovery Trust Fund for LGUs”.

“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    
Koko Pimentel    

 

 

17. Agrees on the conversion of agricultural land or ancestral domains to industrial, commercial, or residential land use.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 557 70.60%
Yes 232 29.40%

 

 

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.
Willie Ong      
Larry Gadon      
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,

 

“An agricultural revolution is necessary to help revive the agriculture sector and improve the lives of impoverished farmers, who belong to 60 percent of the country’s poorest.”

Chel Diokno      
Francis Tolentino      
Jiggy Manicad      
Ronald dela Rosa      
Koko Pimentel      

 

18. Has been reported to have participated in drugs.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 732 92.78%
Yes 57 7.22%

 

Candidate Yes No
Grace Poe  
Willie Ong  
Larry Gadon  
Pia S. Cayetano  
Sonny Angara  
Chel Diokno  
Francis Tolentino  
Jiggy Manicad  
Ronald dela Rosa  
Koko Pimentel  

 

19. Proposes a clear solution for traffic issues.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 55 6.97%
Yes 734 93.03%

 

Candidate Has a clear solution Does not have a clear solution Quote
Grace Poe   Authored Senate Bill 1284, an act compelling the government to address the transportation and congestion crisis through the grant of emergency powers to the President.

 

“There is a need to grant extraordinary powers because current laws do not adequately provide for the means to expeditiously and effectively solve this traffic and congestion crisis. Some laws even create roadblocks to acting promptly.”

 

Willie Ong    
Larry Gadon   Proposed to have a four-day classes in all the universities based in Manila, wherein there will be a one day off for each universities to decrease commuters congestion and vehicle traffic on the road.
Pia S. Cayetano   Co-authored Senate Bill No. 26, an act promoting sustainable and alternative modes of transportation and other mobility options to improve air quality, increase efficiency, reduce congestion and contribute to positive health impacts in our society.
Sonny Angara   Authored Senate Bill No. 1568 titled Sustainable Transportation Act of 2017 that seeks to promote, carpooling, telecommuting, transport program for government employees, bus rapid transit system, and water ferry system.
Chel Diokno   Aims to prioritize daily commuters and the approval of carless cities, where people travel by bicycle or on foot. “The ones who should be prioritized are those who use buses and jeeps not those who ride in expensive cars … We have to approach this from a different angle. We have to look at this as a problem of moving people, not moving vehicles,” he added.
Francis Tolentino   Included in the platforms of former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Francis Tolentino is the empowerment of Local Government Units (LGU) in solving daily traffic problems, Tama ang direction na if the LGUs are empowered, they can also be partners in solving our present problem especially traffic,” Tolentino said.
Jiggy Manicad    
Ronald dela Rosa   “Gusto ko sanang gayahin yung ginagawa ng Hong Kong about traffic enforcement wherein isang driver ay binibigyan lang ng 15 points na consumable within two years. Yung 15 points na yan, kapag ikaw ay nag-violate ng traffic law, like for example overspeeding, minus three points. Drinking under the influence of liquor? Six points. Hanggang maubos mo yung 15 points consumable mo within two years, bago matapos ang two years pag naubos mo na yan, you have to undergo seminars sa LTO (Land Transportion Office) para continuous yung education mo.”
Koko Pimentel    

 

20. Allows logging, mining, quarrying, and other projects that are harmful to the environment.

Choice Tally Percentage
No 735 93.16%
Yes 54 6.84%

 

Candidate Allow Does not allow With Reservations Quote
Grace Poe     Promotes responsible mining in the country and urged small-scale mining industry to be transparent in transactions.

 

“As good corporate citizens, you in the mining sector have a moral obligation to ensure that your extractive activities do as little damage to the environment as possible. The general idea is: when your mine runs out, your company must be able to say that they left the people and the community better than they were when they first began working together.”

Pia S. Cayetano     The principal author of HB No. 1171, an act providing for sustainable forest management. The HB strongly prevents illegal logging activities from taking place in the Philippines.
Sonny Angara     The principal author of SB 2127 that seeks to exempt small-scale miners from paying their tax and encourage them to sell their gold to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in order to boost the Philippines’ Gross International Reserves (GIR).

 

“I strongly urge the honorable members of the Philippine Senate to approve the passage of this Gold Bill to ensure the strength of the country’s [GIR] and promote the Philippines’ greater monetary and external sector stability,” Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, said in his sponsorship speech on Senate Bill (SB) No. 2127.”

Francis Tolentino     Approves the Senate Bill 1522, the National Land Use Act which seeks to appropriate proper land usage in the country to be able to properly utilize the land.  

 

‘Yung sinisipat ko dito matagal na nakabinbin sa Kongreso ‘yung National Land Use Plan natin eh aprubahan na… iliwanag na dito ‘yung mga geohazard maps, kung merong mga certificate of occupancy nila, cancel-cancel na ‘yun … ‘Yung mga mining areas, depende sa prayoridad ng pangulo kung kakanselahin lahat ‘yung mga small-scale dahil nga ‘yung pangyayari sa Cebu.

Koko Pimentel     Supports responsible mining in the country, as he asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to monitor the full compliance of mining firms in the quick clean-up, restoration and rehabilitation of all areas damaged by mining operations, especially in areas close to watersheds and forests.