I’m not sure if it’s a good idea na ipakita sa publiko ang mga taong ibinoto ko. Sabi nga ‘the vote is sacred’. But I think it’s more like having the option of keeping one’s vote secret and not be obligated by anybody to show one’s preferences. At the same time, mayroon din naman akong kalayaan na ihayag din ang mga taong ibinoto ko.
Maaga ang botohan dito sa abroad. Postal system kasi o di kaya ay puede naming dalhin ang official ballot namin sa Philippine Consulate or Philippine Embassy on a specific date.
Choosing the best is not easy. It’s really a tough balancing act. May mga taong it seems na ok na ok pero questionable ang mga policies at platform, may ilan din na black-listed na sa akin pero pinagbigyan ko pa rin.
So ito ang 12 candidates na tinimbang at mga tunay na bigatin among the 33.
1. Risa Hontiveros- Maganda ang laban. Maganda din kasi. Nakakatamad nang manood ng Senate debates kung puro pangit na, tapos puro trash talk pa. Apart from the fact na may maganda eh may utak din.
Ibinoto ko siya dahil I have a soft spot for activists, yung mga street parliamentarians. Dati din siyang journalist and then she entered Congress through Akbayan party-list.
Sa Kongreso, ipinasa niya ang Cheaper Medicines Law, CARPER Law, Anti-Prostitution Bill (to the dismay of many bigots and Church-backed macho legislators and their queridas), Gender Balance Bill (for the emancipation of women), and Students’ Rights and Welfare Bill. Isa din siya sa mga important personalities behind the Reproductive Health Bill.
Minsan nakabangga na niya si Miriam noon. Pero I remember during the impeachment trial ni Corona, the dragon-lady commended Hontiveros, pagpapakita na may utak at galing talaga siya.
I think she was also a member of the peace panel talks with the NDF. We need someone who can communicate with adversaries, not some macho military legislator-kuno guy who acts like a negotiator but in fact, he’s a disgraced sloppy diplomat.
She’s running under the administration’s coalition, something that’s so unlikely of an activist. She’s now part of the establishment. Pero sabi nga niya "The establishment is a space to challenge, to push the limists to reform, to transform... Let's transform it in our own image and likeness.”
2. Teddy Casiño- Here’s another street parliamentarian. An activist and a true representative of the minority, this guy from UPLB has been fighting for the rights of the poor and for the progress of the country. He studied agriculture, kaya mas naiintindihan niya kung paano ma maximize ang potentials ng lupa at natural resources ng Pilipinas.
He authored important laws such as The Public Attorneys Act of 2007 which expanded free legal services for the poor, the Tax Relief Act of 2009 which exempts minimum wage earners from withholding taxes, Rent Control Act of 2009, and Anti-Torture Act of 2009.
Kaunti lang ang absences niya hind katulad ni Enrile Jr. na halos hindi na talaga nagtatrabaho sa Kongreso.
He’s a relentless fighter against corruption and government abuse. Maraming may ayaw sa kanya dahil komunista daw siya. He admitted that he’s a leftist, but his way of reforming the government is not through bullets but through ballots and legislation.
3. Baldomero Falcone- senatorial candidate of the Democratic Party of the
. He’s a
business consultant. He was never elected to any public office. However, he’s
active in NGO projects and programs in helping the poor by giving decent jobs
and housing to the poor. This is not your typical politician who hands out
millions of pesos to non-existing NGOs. Philippines
He has a big heart for the people, especially the Visayans, who makes up a considerable fraction of our population. He said in an interview that he wants to be the voice of the Visayans in the Senate. And he has this great idea in mind- SECURITIZATION, which will boost the economy and help provinces to be progressive. Kayo na mag research kung ano yon.
4. Ricardo Penson- He’s a business executive and a social activist. He is currently the
CEO of Ausphil
Tollways Co. He’s an advocate against political dynasties in the . He has formed
the Krusada Kontra Dynasty. He said that if he becomes senator, he will push
for that bill, and if it fails to become law he will resign. Hmmmm… mabibigat
na salita yun ah. He’s also pro-divorce, since he himself is separated four
5. Greco Belgica- I shouldn’t vote for him. He’s an anti-RH Law. His views regarding divorce is questionable (legally and doctrinally speaking, I find his views really unnerving). He’s a pastor too. I ruled out from my list all candidates who are running with religiously inspired platform.
But I made some exceptions, and out came Belgica. So why him? He’s young-blood and he might bring new ideas and a different perspective in the Senate. He has studied here and abroad from well-known schools. He’s pro-death penalty. And he’s running under the Democratic Party of the
He’s also promoting an interesting tax reform that might help the country- FLAT TAX. Lahat ng tax pare-pareho lang. According to him, many progressive European nations have adopted this system. I’m quite sceptical with such reform, pero sige, isabak na natin. We’ve tried many things and reformed the tax system many times. Let’s try something revolutionary.
As track-record, well, dati siyang councillor sa
. Okay na rin,
at least he has an idea of how the political game is done. Manila
6. Alan Peter Cayetano- This is what you get in a country where there are a lot of suckers- a list of same old names. But in my opinion, the Cayetano siblings have shown their independence, even though they are a dynasty. Wala na talaga ako mapagpilian. But I like the guy because he has balls. Sino makapagsasabi na tatayo ang lalaking ito to defy something like Enrile the Institution? And as we all have seen, he’s a very scrutinizing senator and have fought bitterly against corrupt officials such as Erap and GMA.
7. Dick Gordon- His head is full of ideas. When he opens his mouth, well, he talks a lot. He’s a very assertive person, and a very passionate one. I’m voting for him because he is someone who is willing to bring a bill in the Senate floor and stand up for an intelligent debate. He has an impressive track-record dating back from when he became a delegate in the 1971 Constitutional Convention. I see him less of a reformer but more of a builder. He’s a visionary who is eager to build up the nation and set the paths of the people straight. Quite a strong personality.
8. Ed Hagedorn- Puerta Prinsesa sounded like a legend until Ed Hagedorn came and made this place a real piece of heaven on earth. In an interview with Karen Davila, he admitted many of his dark past- logging, illegal gambling operations. But it seems that he mended his ways by doing everything legal for the sake of
. Puerto Prinsesa City
Now he’s one of the best progressive politicians of the country who have become staunch environmentalists. He typifies a kind of leadership that harmonizes environment and development. I think he’s some sort of a trapo too.
I believe he can do a lot in making laws regarding the environment and upgrading the local government.
He admitted that he doesn’t possess sophisticated skills in legislation. But that’s okay. We’ve had two Revillas, a Lapid, a Sotto, a Pacquiao, and an Estrada. He’s a lot better than the macho bloc of the Senate. He just has to make sure na kukuha siya ng isang speech-writer na may imagination, hindi yung may degree mula sa isang sikat na university pero walang alam kundi mangopya ng speech ng ibang tao.
9. Cynthia Villar- I have put this lady in my black-list. But I gave her another chance and watched an interview with her. And it turned out that apart from the fact that she has a low opinion of ‘room nurses’ and an anti-RH Law, it’s hard to deny that the woman is handing out jobs and opportunities for women, the youth and the poor.
One reason why she got my vote is that she understood the frustrations of OFW’s who are insufficiently supported and inefficiently assisted by the DFA and DOLE. She wants a Department of OFW’s. She is the only candidate whom I have heard to acknowledge the importance of OFW’s as citizens and not mere human exports.
If you go and do a background check sa website ng Congress you will see that she filed bills that favour education, the youth and women, and the poor. She doesn’t live in the shadow of her husband.
Angara- Again, here’s
another dynasty. Forgive me pero wala na talaga eh. Pero wala naman din siguro
masama. He was part of the prosecution team during the Corona Impeachment
Trial. A very smart guy (studied in UP, Harvard Law School, London School of
Economics and Political Science) with good looks as well (oo, bumoto sa pogi
para mawala na ang mga panget sa Senado! Hahaha).
As a congressman, 10 of the bills he filed have become laws of the land. He’s also an advocate of educational reform. He was one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of 2010 for his hard-work in Congress and his advocacy.
11. Mitos Magsaysay- I hated this woman because she was a pro-administration legislator during GMA’s tenure. She’s anti-RH, anti-divorce, and seems to be investing so much on the Catholic vote (bakit hindi na lang sumama ito sa Kapatiran Party?), so why am I voting for her?
Because she’s a hard-hitting b*tch, a feisty legislator, and a maverick, and she is the ideal senator for the Aquino Administration.
She has proven to be a staunch critic of the President, especially his cabinet officials. I do not trust many of our cabinet secretaries. Kung puro kabarkada nila ang kaharap nila sa mga committee hearings at budget hearings, eh mabilis makakalusot ang mga kagaguhan ng ilan. Since Magsaysay is very keen in scrutinizing them, makakasigurado tayo na itutuwid niya ang mga ‘kakaibang daang matuwid’ ng mga gago sa iba’t-ibang deparments.
12. Ernesto Maceda- Finding the last candidate was hard. Kasi nga kakaunti ang alternative. Pero kinuha ko na din si Manong. Age shouldn’t be an issue. Matanda man eh may ibubuga pa rin. What else can I say? Maliit pa akong political critter eh naririnig ko na ang pangalan niya. He was a former senate president and during his tenure, maraming batas silang naipasa.
Hard-working and his track-record is not only impressive but also illustrious. In the past, he has set himself apart from tyrants and corrupt. He was a brilliant political figure during the Aquino administration, and an important leader in the succeeding administrations. He was and is known as Mister Exposé.
Now Manong wants to come back to the Senate. And I say yes! Let’s put some brains and expertise in the Senate!