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Know Their Stand: Loren Legarda, Senatorial Candidate


teampnoy-thumb400-lorenElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Loren Legardas responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – FOR

“Because it’s for the rural women of our country. The RH law offers a small measure of support to make sure that access to information and services is made less difficult for the poor.”

 

Sin Tax – FOR

“It is earmarked for the universal healthcare, kalusugang pangkalahatan to give healthcare coverage to the 25 million poorest Filipinos.”

 

Cybercrime – AGAINST

“(Voted for it but) I’m not in favor of it. I was one of those who proposed amendments especially on the libel provision na kailangan tanggalin.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“I’m one of the authors.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – NO STAND

“I’m not from a political family but it will be a Herculean job to ban it. If there is a bill then I will study it. It’s hard to say.”

 

Divorce – AGAINST

“I believe in civil annulment and what we should do is expand and broaden the base of civil annulment and make it more accesible to the poor women who are trapped in abusive marriages. Annulment should be inexpensive even free for victims of abusive relationships.”

 

Death Penalty – NO STAND

“I want to see how it can be a deterrent to crime but definitely we need to do something about criminality but if it’s a deterent to crime but I’m very angry when it comes to insestious rape and to gruesome murders it angers me but I want to see the direct correlation between death penalty and it being a deterrent to crime.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – NO STAND

“I believe in civil union and granting the rights and privileges to the LGBTs. Marriage, that I think we have to study that because I’m not sure may constitutional prohibition.”

 

Total Gun Ban – FOR

“I’m for a gunless society and those who can carry firearms should only be military officers and soldiers.”

 

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Know Their Stand: Risa Hontiveros, Senatorial Candidate


risahontiverosElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveross responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – FOR

“Babantayan natin ang implementasyon nito at isusulong pa natin ang karapatang ng mga kababaihan para sa mga de kalidad na serbisyong pangkalusugan.”

 

Sin Tax – FOR

“Hindi lang kasi ito revenue-generating measure. Isa rin itong health measure.”

 

Cybercrime – AGAINST

“Sa halip na maging tunay na anti-cybercrime law, nag-morph ito sa isang batas para sa cyber repression.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“Essential ang isang FOI law para sa transparency. This is the mother law that will ensure freedom of speech. Definitely, irerefile ko ito kung mabigyan ng pagkakataong maging senador.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – FOR

“Utos ito ng ating Konstitusyon. Kailangang basagin ang pulitika ng iilan.”

 

Divorce – FOR

“Dapat na itong pag-usapan. Hindi na acceptable ang status quo. Maraming pamilya ang nakakaranas ng mga problema tulad ng marital rape at wife battery.”

 

Death Penalty – AGAINST

“Ito ay cruel, inhuman at degrading. Ito rin ay anti-poor dahil karamihan ng nasa death row ay mahihirap. Hindi ito deterrent sa kriminalidad.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – NO STAND

“Kailangan muna siguro natin ng isang anti-discrimination law.”

 

Total Gun Ban – FOR

“At the very least, kailangan natin ng stricter gun regulation laws.”

 

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Know Their Stand: Gringo Honasan, Senatorial Candidate


gringohonasanElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Gringo Honasans responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – AGAINST

“Because you do not combine the variables that are included in reproductive health, responsible parenthood, and population management. We cannot even feed our children between the ages of 0 to 5 properly. Here we are taking on more than we can swallow or chew so I think my reason for voting against is at the right time, with the proper circumstances I would support separatelt or together a more responsive reproductive health bill, population management bill, responsible parenthood bill because any decision we make as we have already made a decision will impact on the future generations of Filipinos not next year or next month, not even within the next 10 years but decades from now. China is realizing that, Hong Kong has realized that, Singapore has realized that and they have been proactive about this. Who are we to be less than how they are responding to this?”

 

Sin Tax – AGAINST

“Because there are more variables that we can manage or hope to manage even considering the avowed public health objectives. What about not the health, the lives of the displaced tobacco farmers and growers? What about the displacement in our local tobacco industry? What about the possible impact on peace and order if smuggling syndicates begin to be active again it will be the problem of our law enforcement agents and considering the very porous, very physical, political and policy boundaries — I don’t know if we can manage this.”

 

Cybercrime – FOR

“Natindihan ko naman kung ikulong mo yung mga nag-lalibel although during our last meeting when we were discussing not only the FOI but yung right to reply. We talked about decriminalizing libel not only for journalists but for the citizenry. Npt even the President and the collective judgment of Congress and the Senate is infallible, I’m glad that the people raised this issue through 20 petitions and the Supreme Court, the highest tribunal in the land, has made a decision. Now it’s up for oral arguments, some senators are poised for corrective amendments. I’m happy that this is taking place.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“Transparency, daang matuwid, convergence. We are bringing government back to the people. Kaya nga POGI bill kami dahil People’s Ownership of Government Information, government including all the information with certain temporary exceptions, for the people, by the people, and of the people.”

 

Political Dynasty – AGAINST

“This was certified as urgent under the president of former President Ramos. I don’t know why it did not take off. In the absence of an enabling law, I will go back to the ultimate collective wisdom and judgment of the Filipino people. With or without a political dynasty law, an enabling law, although it is in principle part of the Constitution let the people decide, let those who are members or non-members of perceived political dynasties face the people, the electorate, this coming May and let them accept the judgment.”

 

Divorce – AGAINST

“To me, the Filipino family and the institution of marriage are sacred to me. Any intervention in that regard to me is not only immoral but criminal, I don’t know if the time will come. I hope I’m dead at the time that we can look at this more liberally, but until other institutions are repaired, damaged institutions and there are many of them, are repaired and made stronger, I think we have to be more imaginative and creative about our approach to long-term policy making.”

 

Death Penalty – AGAINST

“It’s not the penalty that will deter the crime. It is the swiftness and the certainty and efficiency of the justice system, not the penalty. In more developed countries they are killing each other by the hundreds and thousands as part of their justice system. China, ‘di ba, they execute people by the dozens everyday? China still has the same drug problem.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – NO STAND

“Are we ready for that? Let’s provoke a national debate para we can settle down on even a short or medium policy direction… I reserve all doubts in favor of caution and prudence for policy purposes. I am not ready to vote on a same sex marriage bill.”

 

Total Gun Ban – AGAINST

“Why don’t we penalize the one percent who do not follow the law, engage in criminal activities using unregistered or unlicenses firearms? Why do we penalize the 99 percent because of he actions and doings of the one percent? We had a hearing two weeks ago, police, customs, DTI, DOJ, and licensed gun distributors to come up with a consolidated information that we will use to make or to make a committee report to the plenary for a more comprehensive proactive long-term firearms regulation law.So total gun ban what about the president of the Philippines, what about members of legitimate gun clubs, what about gun collectors? What about members of shooting teams? What about judges and fiscals and public officials and members of media who are receiving death threats for breakfast, what about them? Yung gunless society, they said they’re not for the total gun ban so it means the policy environment all we need is the information backup is starting to be more liberal, more open-minded. hindi na katulad nung dati basta ayaw namin. Tell us your argument para your committee can consolidate and report preparatory to a more responsive long-term firearms regulation law. I’ve been the one performing duties and I’ve been on the receiving end also.”

 

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Know Their Stand: Ed Hagedorn, Senatorial Candidate


edward-hagedorn-platforms-profile-pictureElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Ed Hagedorns responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – FOR

“Basta the people can make their own choices. What we are against is ‘yung kung mag-iimpose sa tao.”

 

Sin Tax – FOR

“Pero mas maganda siguro kung lahat ng products [mapapatawan ng] tax, hindi ‘yung selective lang.”

 

Cybercrime – FOR

“Yes dapat ako diyan. Oo, kasi victim ako niyan. Merong isang taga-States na wala nang ginawa kundi ako ang pinagbibintangan. Hindi takot kasi nga wala pang penalty. Ako na pumatay sa lahat ng tao sa Puerto [Princesa], mamamatay tao, ganiyan. Walang takot, kaya naisip ko kailangan siguro, hindi lang para sa akin, kundi para sa mga biktima ng cyberbullying.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“It’s very important at dapat nang maipasa.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – NO STAND

“Napagkakamalan akong political dynasty dahil tatakbo ako, tatakbo ang misis ko, pero actually for the 20 years na ako’y mayor, wala akong inilagay na kamag-anak, walang naging politiko.”

 

Divorce – FOR

“Ah, ‘yan talaga. Kapag kasi ‘di na magkasundo, bakit pa magsasama? Sabi nila annulment na lang. For me, annulment and divorce are the same, pareho lang ‘yan. Saka karamihan na naman ng bansa meron nang divorce so bakit tayo naiiba?”

 

Death Penalty – FOR

“Oh, yes, ‘yung mga crimes na karumal-dumal, dapat talagang meron no’n.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – AGAINST

“Ayoko no’n. Parang hindi pa tayo ready para do’n.”

 

Total Gun Ban – NO STAND

“Ang total gun ban, okay sa’kin kung pati mga kriminal madidisarmahan. Kasi kagaya naming politicians, isipin mo kami nagtatrabaho nang legal pero dahil may mga gun-for-hire na gusto kang patayin, isipin mo wala kang means of defending yourself.”

 

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Know Their Stand: Dick Gordon, Senatorial Candidate


dickgordonElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Dick Gordons responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – AGAINST

“It’s a non-issue, it’s a cop-out. Because kailangang bigyan mo ng kalidad ang populasyon ng ating bayan. A big population can be… malaking bagay ‘yan kung matalino at maayos at tama ang edad.Bakit ka matatakot sa malaking populasyon? Natatakot ang mga politiko natin na ‘di nila kayang bigyan ng tamang aksyon ang ating edukasyon. Hindi nila kayang hanapan ng trabaho ang mga kababayan [natin] dito sa ating bansa.”

 

Sin Tax – FOR

“I would’ve voted [for it], but not as much, because ang iniisip ko, paano naman ‘yung mga nagtitinda ng tobacco sa ating bansa? ‘Wag naman nating biglain na mawawalan ng hanapbuhay. So dapat dahan-dahan, hinay-hinay. Ihanda mo ‘yung taong mawawalan.”

 

Cybercrime – AGAINST

“Ah, hindi puwede sa akin [‘yung nakapasang version]. Mali ‘yung ginawa nila na dinagdagan pa nila ng mas mataas pa sa libel. Makakapanghimasok sila sa computer ko nang hindi nila namamalayan, maba-block nila, walang silang search warrant, mabubuksan nila? Mali ‘yon, ‘di papasa sa akin ‘yon. Pero i-aamend ko. Tama ‘yung cybercrime [law], ‘yung intention — ’wag mong gamitin sa kalokohan [ang Internet], ‘wag mong i-hack [ang computers, accounts] para yumaman ka—pero ‘wag namang i-penalize [‘yung libel].”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“Co-author ako niyan noong ako’y nasa Senado.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – AGAINST

“Kalokohan naman ‘yan. Kung may anak kang magaling — abugado ka, mag-aabugado ‘yon; doktor ka, magdodoktor ‘yon. ‘Yung sa doktor, ikaw ang pipili, ‘di ba? ‘Yung sa politiko, sinong gumagawa ng desisyon? ‘Di ba ang tao? Ang dynasty, kapag in position na ‘yan, masyado ka nang powerful, tinatakot mo na ‘yung tao. Pero hindi crime ‘yung magkaroon ka ng anak na gustong mamulitika. I would ask for the definition of [political dynasty] first.”

 

Divorce – FOR

“Yes, [dahil] mayroong mga marriages na talagang wala nang magagawa, makakasakit pa sa pamilya. Pero hindi ko gagawing madaling-madali na nagso-snore lang ‘yung lalaki o babae, ‘Mag-divorce na tayo.’ Ang pamilya pa rin ang haligi ng ating lipunan. ‘Pag pinahina mo ‘yan, walang kuwenta na ang bayan.”

 

Death Penalty – AGAINST

“I’m against that. Delikado, kawawa ang mahirap. Ako, napatayan ako ng tatay, napatayan ako ng pamangkin. Pero ididiin ‘yung mahirap? Walang abugado? ‘Di nag-iimbestiga properly? Walang crime science? Mabuti pa ‘yung nasa [kulungan]: may laban pa siya kung siya’y inosente. Kung siya’y nagkamali, mas masarap magdusa nang gano’n—buhay ka pero ‘di ka makalabas, nahihirapan ang pamilya mo dahil sa kalokohan mo? ‘Yon ang deterrents.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – AGAINST

“Malayo ‘yan. Tayo’y ginawa ng Diyos na [ang] pag-aasawa [ay] para magkaroon ka ng anak, procreation, para magkaroon ka ng happiness. Kung para sa happiness lang, ‘wag na kayong magpakasal. Kung dalawa kayong lalaki, dalawa kayong babae, gusto n’yong magsama, puwede naman. So bakit kailangang magpakasal pa?”

 

Total Gun Ban – AGAINST

“Alam mo kalokohan ‘yan e. Tingnan mo ‘yang gun ban sa eleksyon, kalokohan yan. Meron nang ibinigay na otoridad ang pulis na nagbibigay ng baril. Pairalin lang yon, at dagdagan natin ang penalty—pagka ang taong may baril ay lehitimo, ‘pag mali ang paggamit, one degree higher ang penalty. Pagka-illegal possession of firearms, todo na ang [penalty].”

 

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Know Their Stand: Chiz Escudero, Senatorial Candidate


teampnoy-thumb400-escuderoElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Chiz Escuderos responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – FOR

“It gives the right to not only women but families to decide for themselves what they want at inaassitan sila ng gobyerno para malaman what’s out there at kung ano ang mga options nila.”

 

Sin Tax – AGAINST

“Una, one of the most heavily taxed na ang mga Pilipino sa mundo. Pangalawa, kung talagang health ang concern nila dahil masama daw sa katawan yan, eh ‘di sana parang marijuana or cocaine pagbawal na lang nila, hindi ‘yung pagkakakitaan pa nila. Pangatlo, kahit taasan mo ang buwis, lilipat lamang sa mas murang brand ang umiinom o nagsisigarilyo. Pang-apat, kung talagang gusto nilang ipagbawal o bawasan ang nagsisigarilyo sa mga bata, ipatupad nila ‘yung batas na nagsasabing bawal magbenta ng sigarilyo at alak sa mga bata na hanggang ngayon ay wala pang nahuhuli at nakakasuhan o pag-aralan nila yung pagbebenta ng tingi sa Pilipinas dahil sa Pilipinas lamang nagbebenta ng tinging sigarilyo kung saan mas madaling magsimulang magsigarilyo ang mga bata kumpara kung by the pack binebenta ito.”

 

Cybercrime – FOR

“Bumoto ako pabor do’n pero ‘di ko nakita, inamin ko naman noon, ‘yung provision sa libel. Maliwanag na against ako doon dahil isa ako sa mga authors ng decriminalization ng libel dito sa Senado. Maliban doon, pabor ako sa Cybercrime law.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“Unanimous na binotohan ‘yun dito sa Senado. Simple ang rason sa likod ng FOI, anumang bawal, masama o iligal, hindi mo gagawin kapag may ilaw at camera. Karamihan ng bawal at iligal, ‘di ba ginagawa sa dilim? Layunin ng FOI lagyan ng ilaw, ilagay sa camera lahat ng gawain at transaksyonng pamahalaan para sana mabawasan o maiwasan ang mali, bawal, at iligal na gawain.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – AGAINST

“Ang balak ko diyan ay mag-inhibit at ‘di magparticipate, dahil baka sabihin may personal akong interes sa bagay na ‘yan. But personally, ang mga most advanced democracies sa mundo, ang Amerika, UK, wala silang anti-dynasty provision kahit anak, asawa, kapatid, kapitbahay, hindi kaano-ano ng dating nakaupo ‘yung tumakbo, desisyon ng botante at malaya silang pwedeng mamili kung sino ang gusto nila dahil may tiwala sila sa botante, hindi nila bine-baby ‘yung botante nila. Kailan pa matututo ang ating mga kababayan kung palagi nating bine-baby ang pagpili nila ng mga magiging leader nila?”

 

Divorce – AGAINST

“Hindi ako pabor dahil sa tingin ko hindi napapanahon. Mas gusto ko gawing affordable at accesible ang annulment. Halimbawa, hindi na nga kailangan ng batas, payagan o iauthorize ang PAO na maghandle ng annulment cases, magbigay ng mga psychologist ang DOH o ang DSWD para libreng makapagbigay ng expert opinion kaugnay sa mga kasong tulad niyan.”

 

Death Penalty – AGAINST

“Isa ako sa mga bumoto para alisin ang death penalty sa batas natin. Nananatiling ganun ang posisyon ko, hindi dapat ibalik ‘yan… Ang daming wanted na hindi naman nahuhuli, kahit gaano kabigat ‘yung parusa balewala din ‘yun. Pangalawa, hindi pa perpekto ‘yung justice system. Sa kasaysayan ng pagpapatupad ng death penalty, madalas ang napapatawan niyan ‘yung mahihirap nating mga kababayan at hindi ‘yung mga may kaya na kayang magbayad ng abogado at minsan ng huwes pa.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – AGAINST

“Hindi pa napapanahon ‘yan sa ating bansa. Maaring dumating ang panahon na mapayagan ‘yan pero sa ngayon, hindi… sa pananaw ko lang hindi pa napapanahon at hindi pa handa ang Pilipino at kultura natin na tanggapin yun”

 

Total Gun Ban – AGAINST

“Mas pabor ako sa gun regulation, stricter gun regulation at pag-update ng ating makalumang gun regulation laws. Hindi ako naniniwala sa total gun ban dahil kung titingnan mo rin yung baril na ginamit dun sa stray bullet kay Stephanie hindi lisensyadong baril yun. Yung baril na ginamit sa Cavite, hindi rin lisensyado yun. Ang mangyayari kapag may total gun ban ka, yung mga malakas ang loob at walang pakialam sa batas sila na lamang ang magdadala ng baril.”

 

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Know Their Stand: Bal Falcone, Senatorial Candidate


baldomerofalconeElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Bal Falcones responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – AGAINST

“We want to adopt the posiiton of the Catholic Church which is anti-RH and talagang tinatawag na partido ng buhay, ‘di tulad ng patido ng patay and one of the objections we have against the RH is because it allocates P14 billion every year for contraceptives and condoms when in fact this kind of big money can be of use to so many Filipinos. The homelessness, hunger and thirst of Filipinos is more important than condoms and contraceptives.”

 

Sin Tax – FOR

“This is for the health of Filipinos. In that regard we are for it, okay lang ‘yun.”

 

Cybercrime – AGAINST

“We adopt the position even the Solicitor General that it cannot be imposed because it is really against freedom of information. In effect, you are curtailing the freedom of every individual to search and research in the Internet. There is enough civil punishement already for poeple who will abuse the Internet.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“We are totally for it. As matter of fact we are faulting the President for certifying RH as urgent when the FOI is more important and needed by the country and ordinary Filipinos.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – FOR

“We are totally against political dynasties. Pork barrel is the generator of political dynasties. You take away the pork barrel, there will be no more political dynasties.”

 

Divorce – AGAINST

“I’ve been maried for more than two decades, hindi maiiwasan ‘yung minsan magkakatampuhan, but given a romantic setting, maayos rin ‘yun. Give chance to reconciliation… there is no need to divorce.”

 

Death Penalty – FOR

“Only as a very last resort. Kung talagang the crime has been committed several times and talagang beyond rehabilitation na itong criminal na ito. I think even the bible allows death penalty.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – AGAINST

“I don’t have anything against gay people… they were probably born that way but this should not be sanctified by marriage. Some of my friends are gay but marriage to me is a sacred institution.”

 

Total Gun Ban – AGAINST

“Kung total gun ban eh kawawa naman tayong inosente, how do we defend ourselves? Sila lang ang may baril. Responsible gun ownership is the answer to that not gun ban because the criminals will just hide their guns.”

 

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Know Their Stand: Jack Enrile, Senatorial Candidate


EnrileElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Jack Enriles responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – FOR

“I happened upon this particular stand by accident. Originally, I was not going to vote for the passage of the measure, but having visited several provinces, you get the sense of what is really needed… If we allow people to choose for themselves, it will be step in alleviating poverty and curing all those social ills.”

 

Sin Tax – FOR

“I voted in favor when they decided to lower (the revenue target). The original figure was P60 billion, especially coming from the northern part of the country. The farmers there will be affected. When they lowered it down to P30 billion, I thought it was a good compromise between the need for a government to raise necessary revenues for its programs and also the need for our leaders to look for ways to supplement the industry.”

 

Cybercrime – FOR

“I voted yes before there was the take-down provision and before the criminalization of libel. I will not support the criminalization of libel and the take-down provision without due process and a court order.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“I have supported it from the beginning. I signed the petition that came out in broadsheets. It is up to the President to push for it.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – FOR

“I will support depending on the definition and the acceptance of the realities of our culture and the politics here.”

 

Divorce – FOR

“Let’s start the discussion now. I would venture to guess that a lot of couples are living together now without the benefits of a formal marriage, and the reason for that is that it is very difficult to get an annulment and there is no divorce in this country.”

 

Death Penalty – AGAINST

“We do not live in a perfect society. Our justice system is an imperfect system.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – FOR

“Let’s give everybody a chance for happiness. Let’s not discriminate. If it is your inclination to be happy with a man, why discriminate against that? I have seen in other countries couples of the same sex who have lived very upright lives and raised children.”

 

Total Gun Ban – AGAINST

“You have a period right now when there is a total gun ban but you still see these crimes. Total gun bans don’t work.”

 

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Know Their Stand: JV Ejercito Estrada, Senatorial Candidate


7eabaf18dbd87642147f26b312cc8da4Elections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate JV Ejercito Estradas responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – AGAINST

“To be honest, hating-hati ako riyan… but I’m quite close to the clergy because I was educated in a Jesuit institution. My mother is a devout Catholic. When I felt that the RH bill was going to pass anyway because the President has given orders to certify it, so at least to soften the impact, I voted no. I valued my nanay and the institutions and doctrines I grew up with.”

 

Sin Tax – AGAINST

“I don’t think the law included possible alternative livelihood for tobacco farmers. Of course, I pity those people.”

 

Cybercrime – FOR

“I think there are some abuses also being committed in cyberspace like pornography at ‘yung mga paninira that are very unfair. The cybercrime law passed at the House did not include the controversial provisions. Right now, I am for amendment.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“I am an author so I am obliged to support.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – NO STAND

“It’s also in our Constitution that equal opportunity should be given to everybody.”

 

Divorce – NO STAND

“That has to be studied further since it is another controversial measure. I think it will polarize our people.”

 

Death Penalty – NO STAND

“Yung recent crime wave is a blackeye on the administration. Whatever economic gains we have will go to waste if the peace and order situation is not improved. If it really does not improve, baka it is worth considering.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – AGAINST

“We are still a Catholic nation. If we look at the Bible, the marriage of two persons is always man and woman. It’s always been Adam and Eve. Wala namang Adan at Adan. Wala ring Eba at Eba.”

 

Total Gun – NO STAND

“First order of the day is to recover first the 500,000 loose firearms. Majority of those involved in heinous crimes are loose firearms. If the PNP is able to address the loose firearms situation and the peace and order situation does not improve, then we can talk about a total gun ban.”

 

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Know Their Stand: JC de los Reyes, Senatorial Candidate


john-carlos-jc-de-los-reyesElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate JC de los Reyess responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – AGAINST

“I’ll repeal it if ever I’m elected. The RH concept is not indigenous to the Philippines but was dictated upon by development agencies abroad. So we repeal the whole concept.”

 

Sin Tax – FOR

“We are for it, but the timeliness of it and the purpose of the law should be defined. Is it geared to healthier Filipinos or is it to generate revenue more?”

 

Cybercrime – AGAINST

“That’s clearly to suppress Internet freedom and we’re not for it. We would lean towards freedom of speech over cyberspace.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“We are for it and we want it right away. If ever I’m elected, I’ll make that number one in my agenda.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – FOR

“We have to stop being hypocrites and adhere to the constitution, and stop tinkering with the constitution in the guise that it’s not working. We have to make it self-executing, and Congress would not do that because 70 percent of them are dynasties.”

 

Divorce – AGAINST

“We are not for it. It will destroy the family. There is a big difference between annulment and divorce in the sense that divorce is killing the marriage, (while) annulment is giving it hope.”

 

Death Penalty – AGAINST

“We’re against that, given the justice system in the Philippines, especially if a poor accused given a PAO lawyer and a rich accused has 10 lawyers from the best law schools.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – AGAINST

“Totally against that. Equal rights are guaranteed by the United Nations Charter on Human Rights. There is really no need to expand the concept of human rights. I respect the human rights of gays and lesbians, but when you allow same sex marriage, there is no purpose whatsoever as to the objective of that.”

 

Total Gun Ban – FOR

“We do not curtail the right to bear arms, but we have to do it properly within the context of the common good. When anybody could bring those arms out in public places, that is wrong. They could keep it at home safely, but when they bring it out, that’s tantamount to false peace.”

 

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Know Their Stand: Lito David, Senatorial Candidate


david20130317Elections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Lito Davids responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – AGAINST

“Ang pangunahing layunin naman ng RH Law ay paigtingin ‘yung sexual education. Bakit? Para bumenta ‘yung contraceptives. Pera-pera lang ‘yan. ‘Pag na-imbibe na ng ating mga kabataan ‘yung contraceptive mentality, papasok na dyan ‘yung legalization ng abortion.”

 

Sin Tax – FOR

“Tama lang naman ‘yung sin tax law. Ang sa akin lang, ang problema ng pamahalaan, gusto niyang patayin ‘yung industriya but at the same time, pinagkukunan din niya ng kanyang revenues. Ano ba talaga ang gusto mo, protektahan ang kalusugan ng mamamayan, o pagkakitaan mo?”

 

Cybercrime – FOR

“We need to have regulations ‘pag dating dyan sa paggamit ng Internet. It doesn’t have to be very stringent, hindi naman kailangang very heavy ang penalties. Kailangan lang i-regulate.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“Maraming nangyayari sa pamahalaan dahil marami tayong mga bagay na hindi alam. Kung meron tayong Freedom of Information Law, kahit sino pang maliit na mamamayan, pwede niyang itanong, saan niyo ba ginagastos ‘tong pera namin?”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – FOR

“Ang punto ay hindi kung mabuti o masama ang isang political dynasty. Kung may paggalang ka sa iyong sarili at kapwa, malinaw sa konstitusyon na ipinagbabawal na ito, even in the absence of an enabling law. Alam mo ‘yung spirit ng konstitusyon. Mahiya ka naman kumbaga.”

 

Divorce — AGAINST

“Pinapadali mo ‘yung paghihiwalay ng mga mag-asawa eh. Hindi naman ‘yun ang sagot sa problema ng pamilya.”

 

Death Penalty – AGAINST

“Walang karapatan ang estado na kumitil ng buhay ng kahit na sino, matindi man ‘yung krimen na nagawa ng isang tao. This has something to do with our faith.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – AGAINST

“It’s against natural law. Ang lalaki, ang mapapangasawa niya ay babae, at sila’y mag-aanak at dadami ang sangkatauhan. ‘Yan ang naturang batas at hindi kailanman nagkaroon sa natural law na pwede ‘yung parehong babae, parehong lalaki… Walang pamilya! Hindi naman ‘yan magkakaanak.”

 

Total Gun Ban – FOR

“I-regulate maigi ‘yung use of firearms. Dapat ma-limit sa law enforcement agencies. Hindi namin sinasabing ipagbawal ang pagmamay-ari ng baril. I-regulate lang ‘yung permit to carry at hindi dapat dalhin ito sa pampublikong lugar.”

 

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Know Their Stand: Tingting Cojuangco, Senatorial Candidate


Tingting+Cojuangco+JR+Lopez+Gonzales+2013+Senatorial+Elections+PoliTikalonElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Tingting Cojuangcos responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – AGAINST

“I always say na dapat yung magna carta for women would suffice in order to protect the women and the family.”

 

Sin Tax – FOR

“The sin tax is good because it’s going to go to health services. But we should not also dislocate the tobacco farmers, we should still encourage them to plant tobacco and we should still work hard for the marketing. So I am in favor of that, provided that it really goes to where it is intended to be.”

 

Cybercrime – NO STAND

“There is a section in the Cybercrime Law, Section 19, that says that the Department of Justice can actually block the service provider and I don’t know to what extent they can be the ones to investigate or look into the computers. But I believe that there should be due process because it’s a violation of the Bill of Rights when there’s no court order.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“It’s good because we should know really what’s happening in the country. But then on matters of national security, we should keep [the information].”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – AGAINST

“When we were fighting the dictatorship, we were not considered a political dynasty, and the Aquinos and the Cojuangcos were forerunners, you know, in bringing freedom and democracy. But now we’re considered a political dynasty and I believe I will not support that bill because based on our idealism and my family, if they wish to run for public office, I think they should. Because we have a track record of public service and I would like them to live our legacy, of what we want them to be in order to help the country.”

 

Divorce – AGAINST

(no comment)

 

Death Penalty – FOR

“I think, for certain crimes, yes.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage – NO STAND

“Actually it’s already being done whether there’s law or not on same-sex marriages. I’m gonna leave it at that, let them decide what they want to do. I don’t want to interfere in the lives of others.”

 

Total Gun Ban – AGAINST

“No, there shouldn’t be a total gun ban; [guns] should be given to responsible citizens. Otherwise, if there’s going to be a total gun ban, the criminals are going to be the ones holding the guns, and what’ll happen to those that need to have guns? Now, if you believe that there should be stricter gun control, then you should look into smuggled guns and those that have not requested for re-registration.”

 

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Know Their Stand: Alan Peter Cayetano, Senatorial Candidate


teampnoy-thumb400-cayetanoElections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Alan Peter Cayetanos responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health – FOR

“The bill is not perfect but it reflects a health incentive to those who are married and to those who want to engage in sex but are not married.”

 

Sin Tax – FOR

“I’m hoping that this extra revenue will really go towards health and the safeguards that will be put in place to prevent the loss of livelihood for the farmers will be fixed.”

 

Cybercrime – AGAINST

“Not only should this law be amended as soon as possible, we have to bring in more creativity in coming up with programs that will really promote the use of this technology.”

 

Freedom of Information – FOR

“Kapag iyan naipasa, everyone can be a graft buster. Bawat citizen, may access na sa data na may kinalaman sila.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty – AGAINST

“It’s not really whether magkakamag-anak kayo. Ang tanong kung maganda ang serbisyo ninyo o hindi.”

 

Divorce – AGAINST

“I think tama na ang annulment, ‘yung psychological incapacity, palakasin na lang.”

 

Death Penalty  AGAINST

“Whether its one day, one year, one hundred days or the death penalty, if you think that you won’t get caught then the penalties mean nothing.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage  NOT AVAILABLE

 

Total Gun  NOT AVAILABLE

 

 

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Know Their Stand: Teddy Casiño, Senatorial Candidate


casino3Elections are coming. If you are a voter, you should know who you are voting for and where they stand, especially when it comes to issues of secularism. Here are senatorial candidate Teddy Casiños responses on nine important issues, based on GMA News’ Mga Isyu ng Bayan.

 

Reproductive Health  FOR

“Babantayan lang natin na hindi magkaroon ng wrong signal or wrong impression that the solution to poverty is population control. Kasi ‘yan ‘yung isang consciously pinaalis namin. It might still lead to that kind of thinking na ang maging emphasis sa anti-poverty strategy is population reduction, so that is one thing na kailangan nating bantayan.”

 

Sin Tax  AGAINST

“For me, ang more important, saan mapupunta ‘yung pera? It is supposed to be earmarked for health, so ‘yun ang kailangan nating bantayan ngayon.”

 

Cybercrime  AGAINST

“We hope that the SC will decide on it in favor of free expression and in favor of people’s right to know and be protected from illegal searches and seizures.”

 

Freedom of Information  FOR

“We withdrew our authorship from the substitute bill dahil may mga provisions doon na pinasok ang Malacañang that tend to restrict instead of expand access to information. Sana pumayag ang Kongreso sa mga amendments na gagawin namin para matiyak that the FOI Bill will really have teeth and will really serve its purpose.”

 

Anti-Political Dynasty  FOR

“Ang pag-asa niyan, wala sa Kongreso o sa Senado. Ang pag-asa niyan, nasa taong bayan. If the people are able to unite, organize, and mobilize for a passage of a political dynasty bill, that’s the only way that it will pass.”

 

Divorce  NO STAND

“I think it’s something that we should already start discussing. We have to address the reality that there are really couples who cannot live together. Kailangang pag-usapan na, but I think it will undergo a long, long process of discernment and I do not see in the near future na ito ay magiging realistic pa.”

 

Death Penalty  AGAINST

“We have always been against the death penalty dahl tingin natin, given the flaws of our judicial system, ang mabibiktima talaga dito ay ‘yung mahihirap. The deterrent to a crime is not the penalty but the certainty of being caught.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage  NO STAND

“Ang malaking question pa sa akin ay ‘yung granting them legal recognition. It’s something I still have to study and learn. I’m willing to hear both sides, what the benefits and disadvantages are. I have an open mind.”

 

Total Gun Ban  AGAINST

“Ang nakikita kong problema ngayon is more of the failure to enforce the existing laws. Ipatupad muna natin kung ano ‘yung nasa batas at saka natin pag-usapan kung dapat baguhin. Hindi naman natin naipapatupad ‘yung kasalukuyang batas, what more a gun ban.”

 

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