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

Editor's note: The infographic on JV Ejercito has been updated to correct an error in the layout. We apologize for the mistake.

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 third part of the series covers six candidates endorsed by Hugpong ng Pagbabago: Sen. Sonny Angara, House Deputy Speaker and Taguig City 2nd District Representative Pia Cayetano, former Customs and police chief Bato Dela Rosa, Sen. JV Ejercito, former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Dong Mangudadatu.

Here are facts you need to know:


Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara, Senator

Pia Cayetano, House Deputy Speaker and Taguig City 2nd District Representative

Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, former Customs and PNP chief

Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito, Senator


Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, former Special Assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte

Zajid "Dong" Mangudadatu, Maguindanao 2nd District Representative

Sources:

Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara

Sonny Angara

RA 10175: Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

RA 10365: An Act Further Strengthening the Anti-Money Laundering Law

Official Gazette, RA 10816: Farm Tourism Act

RA 10771: Philippine Green Jobs Act

ABS-CBN News, After social media flak, Sonny Angara speaks on death penalty, March 4, 2017

ABS-CBN News, DZMM TeleRadyo: MESSAGE 'SEN'' - Sonny Angara, may sagot sa netizens, January 31, 2019 (3:49-4:44, on creating more jobs) (2:30-3:09, on improving/increasing workers' pay)

Senate of the Philippines, TAX REFORM ACCELERATION AND INCLUSION (TRAIN)

CNN Philippines, 'The Source' speaks to Sonny Angara, March 12, 2019 (16:46-19:41, on controlling inflation) (21:46-22:13, on fighting criminality)

Senate of the Philippines, STIFFER PENALTIES AWAIT CORRUPT OFFICIALS UNDER NEW CUSTOMS LAW -ANGARA, August 8, 2017 (on fighting graft and corruption)

Official Gazette, Republic Act No. 10863 (on fighting graft and corruption)

UNTV News and Rescue, Sen. Sonny Angara on tax reform bill, BBL and BOC drug shipment (on fighting graft and corruption, and criminality)

Manila Standard, Criminal liability bill draws flak, January 22, 2019

The Freeman, ‘No to lower criminal liability’, January 23, 2019 (on fighting criminality)

ABS-CBN News, Senate divided on lower age of criminal liability, January 22, 2019 (on fighting criminality)

PNA, Senators weigh in on lowering age of criminal liability, January 22, 2019

Senate of the Philippines, WORKERS TO GET BIGGER 13TH MONTH PAY, CHRISTMAS BONUS STARTING THIS YEAR -ANGARA, November 14, 2018

RA 10754: Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability (PWDs)

ANGARA: MORE HIGH-PAYING JOBS NEEDED TO LIFT PINOYS OUT OF POVERTY

RA 10691: Strengthening the Public Employment Service Office (PESO)

Senator Sonny Angara

Senate Bill No. 1629 or the FIRST TIME JOBSEEKERS ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2017

Pia Cayetano

House of Representatives, House Bill No. 1181

House of Representatives, House Bill No. 580

Official Gazette, Republic Act No. 11210

CNN Philippines YouTube, 'The Source' speaks to senatorial candidate Pia Cayetano, Feb. 26, 2019

Official Website of Pia Cayetano, Pia: Better intervention needed for child offenders, Jan. 24, 2019

Inquirer.net, Lawmakers scrap lowering age of criminal responsibility, May 24, 2017

Inquirer.net, Crime liability kept at age 15; penalties vs exploiters raised, May 23, 2017

Rappler, House subpanel approves bill retaining 15 as criminal responsibility age, May 23, 2017

Manila Standard, Criminal liability still 15 years old, May 24, 2017

Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa

https://twitter.com/gmanews/status/1050576996080578560?lang=en

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzmpKCGoE3w

https://www.facebook.com/CNNPhilippines/videos/vb.1515763818663512/278697809517024/?type=3&theater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ehmCaCBtBU

John Victor "JV" Ejercito

Rappler.com, #TheLeaderIWant: JV Ejercito on his 2019 senatorial bid amid sibling rivalry, Feb. 9, 2019

ABS-CBN News, DZMM TeleRadyo: ISYU, IT’S YOU - Bam Aquino, JV Ejercito, Imee Marcos may sagot sa isyu ng bayan, Dec. 13, 2018

ABS-CBN News, DZMM TeleRadyo: Bam Aquino, JV Ejercito, Imee Marcos may sagot sa mga usaping idinidikit sa pangalan, Dec. 13, 2018

ABS-CBN News, DZMM TeleRadyo: Mga nais magsenador, napasabak sa ‘Sen Tanong, ‘Sen Sagot, Dec. 13, 2018

News5, APLIKANTE SA SENADO - SEN. JV EJERCITO, March 18, 2019

On inflation

On graft and corruption

On fighting criminality

Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go

Kuyabonggo.ph, 12-point legislative agenda/priority measures

Zajid "Dong" Mangudadatu

Facebook.com, Inquirer.net, LIVE: Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Zajid “Dong” Mangudadatu, Oct. 15, 2018

House of Representatives, Committee Report No. 47, Jan. 11, 2017

ABS-CBN News YouTube, Headstart: Mangudadatu supports death penalty, lowering age of criminal responsibility, Oct. 15, 2018

ABS-CBN News YouTube, Hot Copy on Headstart: Senatorial candidate Dong Mangudadatu, March 13, 2019

ABS-CBN News YouTube, Headstart: Senatorial aspirant Mangudadatu denies he's part of political dynasty, Oct. 15, 2018

ABS-CBN News YouTube, Headstart: Mangudadatu - We need to explore the gas potential of Liguasan Marsh, March 12, 2019

ABS-CBN News, Untapped oil reserves in Liguasan Marsh belong to Moros, Duterte says, June 16, 2018

The Daily Tribune, Oil reserves in Liguasan Marsh belong to Moro people – Rody, June 18, 2018

GMA News, Liguasan Marsh holds billions of dollars in gas -- Misuari, July 28, 2008

Philippine News Agency, PRRD’s order to dredge Mindanao marshland hailed, Nov. 11, 2017


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