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 last part of the series covers independent candidates former Interior Secretary Raffy Alunan, former BAYAN MUNA Representative Neri Colmenares, reelectionist senators Nancy Binay and Grace Poe, former senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Lito Lapid and Serge Osmena.

Here are facts you need to know:


Rafael "Raffy" Alunan, Businessman

Nancy Binay, Senator

Neri Colmenares, Lawyer

Juan Ponce Enrile, former Senate President

Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, former Senator

Manuel “Lito” Lapid, former Senator, Actor


Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III, former Senator

Grace Poe, Senator

Sources:

Rafael "Raffy" Alunan

Rafael Alunan III on Facebook, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10213996961898828&id=1254072299

CNN Philippines, CNN Philippines hosts Senatorial Debate, April 27, 2017 (0:13:22-014:27 and 2:17:56-2:18:36 on fighting graft and corruption) (1:58:25-1:59:40, on fighting criminality)

CNN Philippines on Twitter, April 27, 2019 (1:09-2:18, on creating more jobs)

ABS-CBN News, DZMM TeleRadyo: MESSAGE 'SEN'' - Raffy Alunan, may sagot sa netizens | 8 January 2019, January 8, 2019 (1:34-2:33, on controlling inflation)

Rafael Alunan III, https://m.facebook.com/story/graphql_permalink/?graphql_id=UzpfSTEyNTQwNzIyOTk6MTAyMTM1MzQ0MjYzNzU3Mjk%3D

Business World, TRAIN ride or wreck?,February 12,2018

Business World, Purging the criminals in the justice system, September 19, 2014

Raffy M. Alunan, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2191236064277251&id=807846819282856, April 16, 2019

Rafael Alunan III, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10213995814470143&id=1254072299, April 27, 2019

Rafael Alunan III, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10213992925277915&id=1254072299, April 27, 2019

News5Everywhere, APLIKANTE SA SENADO - RAFFY ALUNAN, February 18, 2019 (13:53-14:58, on fighting criminality)

GMA Public Affairs, Investigative Documentaries: Sektor ng turismo at agrikultura, nais tutukan ni Raffy Alunan, March 22, 2019

ABS-CBN News, Hot Copy on Headstart: Senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan III, February 13, 2019

Nancy Binay

CNN Philippines on Youtube, 'The Source' speaks to Senator Nancy Binay, January 16, 2019 (10:19-13:28, on controlling inflation)

ABS-CBN News, Headstart: 'Not doable' for Senate's 'The Force' to join Duterte party - Binay, May 16, 2018 (00:00-01:04, on fighting graft and corruption)

Senate of the Philippines, NANCY TO LOOK INTO DOT AD SPEND, LOCAL MEDIA PLAN, May 7, 2018

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Pantawid Pasada Program

Senate of the Philippines, Sen. Nancy urges DBM to release ASAP 4th tranche of govt pay hike, February 1, 2019

Department of Budget and Management, 4TH TRANCHE SALARY ADJUSTMENT GETS GO SIGNAL

Business Mirror, ‘Too close to call’: Death-penalty bill may not have the numbers in Senate, March 19, 2017

GMA News, 4 neophyte senators reject revival of death penalty, January 29, 2014

Cebu Daily News (Inquirer.net), Binay: Going solo is hard but fun, (n.d)

Rappler, COA sees graft: How Ben Tulfo earned from P120-million PTV-DOT deal, July 12, 2018

ABS-CBN News, 'Conflict of interest' sa DOT-Bitag deal, sinilip sa Senado, August 14, 2018

ABS-CBN News on Facebook, https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=1676561742455234&_rdr

GMA News Online, Tourism chief Puyat steers clear of P60-M DOT-Bitag ad buy mess, July 31, 2018

Senate of the Philippines, NANCY CALLS FOR STRICTER IMPLEMENTATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, June 14, 2016

Senate of the Philippines, KEEP CLEAN FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE GUIDANCE AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Nancy Binay on Facebook, With the sorry state of state intel, Nancy willing to give extra budget to agency that fed info to Polong, December 11, 2018

Senate of the Philippines, Sen. Nancy: Govt needs to prioritize Pinoy workers in additional "Build Build Build" projects, April 28, 2019

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

Senate of the Philippines, NANCY SEEKS INQUIRY ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MITIGATING MECHANISMS UNDER TRAIN, June 7, 2018

Senate of the Philippines, NANCY TO DOTr, LTFRB: WHAT HAPPENED TO 'PANTAWID PASADA'?, January 20, 2019

Nancy Binay on Facebook, Statement of Senator Nancy Binay on the Massacre of Sugar Workers in Sagay City, October 22, 2018

Nancy Binay on Facebook, NANCY TO ASK COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MOVE RAISING AGE OF CONSENT TO 16, October 31, 2018

Senate of the Philippines, Malacanang must start controlling inflation and the rising cost of goods -- Nancy, September 6, 2018

Senate of the Philippines, YOUTH SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAMS/REFORMATION OF CHILDREN IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW (COMMITTEE REPORT NO. 622)

Nancy Binay on Facebook, SEN. NANCY SAYS NO TO LOWERING OF MINIMUM CRIMINAL AGE TO 9, January 21, 2019

Senate of the Philippines, INCREASING THE AGE FOR DETERMINING STATUTORY RAPE bill

Neri Colmenares

House of Representatives, http://www.congress.gov.ph/legisdocs/basic_16/HB01535.pdf

House of Representatives, House Bill/Resolution No. 05842

CNN Philippines on Facebook, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2408357746070777&id=1515763818663512

Neri Colmenares on Facebook, https://web.facebook.com/notes/neri-colmenares/release-remaining-p1000-pension-live-on-p73-pesos-per-day-bayan-muna-dares-sss-l/2097855203585529/CNN Philippines on Facebook, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2408357746070777&id=1515763818663512CNN Philippines on Facebook, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2408357746070777&id=1515763818663512

Neri Colmenares on Facebook, https://web.facebook.com/ColmenaresPH/posts/colmenares-p25-wage-increase-is-not-even-enough-for-a-kilo-of-nfa-ricepresses-go/1926507580720293/?_rdc=1&_rdr

Neri Colmenares on Facebook, About Neri Colmenares

https://web.facebook.com/ColmenaresPH/

Neri Colmenares on Facebook, https://m.facebook.com/notes/neri-colmenares/know-neri/1941919882512396/?_rdc=1&_rdr

Social Security System, https://www.sss.gov.ph/sss/appmanager/viewArticle.jsp?page=NR2018_029

CNN Philippines, CNN Philippines hosts Senatorial Debate, April 27, 2019 (2:37:59-2:39:09, on improving/increasing workers' pay and controlling inflation) (2:12:30-2:13:35, on fighting criminality) (0:14:00-0:15:32, on fighting graft and corruption)

Iboto.ph, https://iboto.ph/colmenares?fbclid=IwAR2bZz-T7LV46W2GvX1gvGHASPgWuiEP2ITxT7Wv880G0bwQf4LIYKcjW-Y

Rappler, #TheLeaderIWant: Neri Colmenares on what a leftist can bring to the Senate, November 23, 2018 (3:17-3:40, on creating more jobs)

Neri Colmenares on Facebook, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2162664793771236&id=498928790144853

CNN Philippines on Youtube, Neri Colmenares sumalang sa 'fast talk', February 24, 2019 (1:35-1:48, on fighting criminality)

Rappler on Youtube, Go after syndicates, not children in conflict with the law – Colmenares, March 6, 2019

Juan Ponce Enrile

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=558420721234593

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/01/04/jpe-calls-for-calibration-of-govt-taxes-on-energy/

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1213709365442708

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2223108714678030

(http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2012/0723_enrile3.asp)

http://www.senate.gov.ph/speeches/sine_die_speech.asp

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1797377

https://www.manilatimes.net/enrile-eyes-jobs-for-ofws/520288/

https://www.facebook.com/JuanPonceEnrile/videos/766782653694760/

http://manilastandard.net/news/national/290293/enrile-seeks-more-protection-for-sugar-farmers-workers.html

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/02/10/enrile-vows-to-support-bill-increasing-salary-of-private-school-teachers/

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/10/17/Juan-Ponce-Enrile-Senate-2019-elections.html

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1043975/juan-ponce-enrile-returns-to-comelec-to-revise-his-coc

Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada

Official Facebook Page, Senator Jinggoy Estrada

Official Facebook Page, VIDEO: SINO NGA BA ANG 29 na ESTRADA, DZRH Interview, April 23, 2019

ABS-CBN News Youtube, DZMM TeleRadyo: ISYU, IT'S YOU - Arcega, Casiño, Escudero, Jinggoy Estrada, Feb. 7, 2019

SuperRadyo DZBB 594khz Facebook Page, LIVE sa DZBB: Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile at Sen. Jinggoy Estrada sa “Ikaw Na Ba? The Senatorial Interview 2019, Jan. 18, 2019

Jinggoy Estrada Official Instagram, Ilan sa mga batas na nasulat at naipasa, March 12, 2019

Prices of Goods

Senate of the Philippines, Transcript: Kapihan sa Senado with Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Sept. 6, 2012

Senate of the Philippines, Press Release: Kapihan sa Senado with Jinggoy Estrada, June 19, 2014

Improving/increasing workers’ pay

Senate of the Philippines, Press Release: Jinggoy says P22 COLA hike not enough;

seeks actual wage increase for workers, May 10, 2011

Senate of the Philippines, Senate Bill No. 812: P125 Daily-Across the Board Wage Increase Act

Senate of the Philippines, Press Release: Wage boards must grant daily wage petitions--Jinggoy, April 30, 2013

Philstar, Jinggoy: P456 daily minimum wage for metro workers not enough, April 30, 2013

Stance on death penalty, anti-dynasty bill and term limits

CNN Philippines Youtube, Politics As Usual: The Politics of Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Feb. 19, 2019

Rappler, JV Ejercito wants death penalty for plunderers, March 3, 2019

Early Edition on ANC Facebook Page, VIDEO: Jinggoy Estrada on the anti-political dynasty law, Jan. 22, 2018

Creation of jobs

Jinggoy Estrada Official Facebook Page, PHOTO: Estrada on OFWs, April 25, 2019

Abante Online, Jinggoy sa mga OFW: Hindi ko kayo pababayaan, Jan. 10, 2019

Senate of the Philippines, Republic Act 10917: Amendment of Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES)

Official Gazette, Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 7042

Decriminalizing vagrancy and stance on death penalty

Manila Times

Manila Times website, Death for drug pushers -- Jinggoy, April 28, 2019

Senate of the Philippines, Senate Bill No. 2726: Decriminalizing Vagrancy; Republic Act No. 10158

Senate of the Philippines, Senate Bill No. 915

Manuel "Lito” Lapid

Sources

On improving workers’ pay

On creating jobs

On fighting criminality

Sergio "Serge” Osmeña III

CNN Philippines Youtube, ‘The Source’ speaks to former Senator Serge Osmeña, Nov. 13, 2018

News5Everywhere Youtube, Aplikante Sa Senado - Serge Osmeña, March 6, 2019

ABS-CBN News Youtube, Hot Copy on Headstart: Senatorial candidate Serge Osmeña, Feb. 19, 2019

ABS-CBN News Youtube, DZMM Teleradyo: Halalan 2019 Ikaw na Ba?, Nov. 27, 2018

CNN Philippines Youtube, The Filipino Votes: Senatorial Forum, Jan. 7, 2019

CNN Philippines, How senatorial aspirants plan to respond to inflation, Dec. 2, 2018

Serge Osmeña Supporters Facebook Account, Video: Coffee with the 'Fearless Fiscalizer,' Nov. 29, 2018

Serge Osmeña Supporters Facebook Account, Video: I-Serge Mo!, March 3, 2019

Grace Poe

https://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2019/214396-senator-grace-poe-files-certificate-candidacy-hits-unfulfilled-government-promises

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/15/18/villar-poe-justify-train-support-blame-govt-traders-for-higher-cost-of-goods

https://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2018/0605_poe1.asp

http://gracepoe.ph/blog-post/poe-proposes-paid-internship-at-govt-offices/

https://www.bworldonline.com/senator-calls-for-relief-measures-in-line-with-train-law/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/10/16/1860485/grace-poe-cynthia-villar-regret-signing-train-law

https://senate.gov.ph/lisdata/2460421183!.pdf

https://senate.gov.ph/lisdata/2651122805!.pdf

https://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2019/0211_poe1.asp

https://senate.gov.ph/lisdata/2817124465!.pdf

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/14/17/corruption-alive-and-well-under-duterte-poe

http://www.senate.gov.ph/lisdata/2358120210!.pdf

http://www.senate.gov.ph/lisdata/2501921541!.pdf

http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2016/0725_poe1.asp

https://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2018/0215_poe3.asp

http://nine.cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/05/25/Senate-President-Tito-Sotto-death-penalty-drugs.html

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/892248/poe-gordon-stand-firm-against-death-penalty

https://www.manilatimes.net/collapse-death-penalty-bill-senate-hailed/324323/

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/02/08/poe-seeks-amendments-to-charters-economic-provision-to-allow-entry-of-3rd-telco-player/

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/03/21/1565250/poe-defends-stand-death-penalty

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/559882/poe-says-she-favors-death-penalty-but-only-as-a-last-resort/story/

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/775315/poe-duterte-support-death-penalty-revival


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