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Member of UNA and Sen. Grace Poe's senatorial slate
Notes: While a longtime Senator, having served in the Senate for three terms, Sen. Sotto's reputation is tainted by a number of controversies: his defense of former President and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada, his subsequent involvement in the EDSA Tres riots, his serial plagiarisms, and his inclusion of libel in the Cybercrime Prevention Act.
|Sen. Vicente Sotto III. Image from Law and Behold!|
In fairness, if it weren't for the above problems, Sen. Sotto has been a productive member of the Senate, having served in a number of leadership roles, including Floor Leader (both Majority and Minority), and has chaired a number of committees.
Sen. Sotto has long been known as an anti-drug advocate, as well as a pro-life advocate, as his opposition to the reproductive health act has demonstrated. He has also promoted information technology, which, along with his opposition to reproductive health, helped generate some of the controversies surrounding him.
Sen. Sotto has an active Facebook page and a Twitter account.
2. Francis Tolentino (Independent)
Former chair, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
Former Mayor, Tagaytay City
Endorsed by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago
Notes: Francis Tolentino has led a life devoted to public service, first as Tagaytay Mayor from 1995 to 2004, then as chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). In both capacities, he has championed public safety. During his time as Mayor, he instituted the Tagaytay Office of Public Safety, and, as MMDA chair, he ran the first metro-wide disaster management drill. He also attempted to tame Metro Manila traffic, but was unsuccessful in this endeavor.
|Francis Tolentino. Image from Rappler.|
Originally a member of the Liberal Party line-up for the Senate, Tolentino was compelled to withdraw his inclusion in the slate after his name surfaced in a controversial presentation during a Laguna LP member's birthday celebration. Nevertheless, he decided to push on with his run for the Senate, but as an independent.
His platform, based on Rappler's and Starometer's articles, appears to revolve around the following main issues:
- Disaster preparedness - to this end, he proposes the creation of a Community Recovery Fund, as well as the setting up of a system of rehabilitation for affected areas;
- Empowerment of local government - he is for increasing the Internal Revenue Allocation for LGUs which perform well, and proposes the creation of a Police Youth Reserve Corps which will assist LGUs in dealing with peace and order, as well as disaster management;
- Protection of natural environment - Tolentino calls for responsible mining, with revenues going to affected communities;
- Women and children's rights - Tolentino calls for greater partcpaton of women n the workforce, and proposes that children in school be direct beneficiaries of PhilHealth and educational insurance.
3. Diosdado Valeroso (Independent)
Former police chief
Notes: A former military rebel during the EDSA Revolution, Valeroso made headlines last year after the tragic Mamasapano incident, when he claimed that he was in possession of an audio recording of government officials allegedly talking about a cover-up of the operation, which resulted n the death of 44 members of the Special Acton Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP-SAF), as well as 5 civilians and 17 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters. However, nothing came out of the investigation.
|Supt. Diosdado Valeroso. Image from his Facebook page.|
In his interviews with GMA7 and Rappler, Supt. Valeroso outlined his platform:
- Transparency. Valeroso supports the passage of the Freedom of Information bill, believing it will lead to an end to corruption n the government;
- Disaster risk reduction.
- Assistance for OFWs. Based on a profile page, Valeroso once ably served as police attache in China, and worked for the rights of the OFWs there.
- The right for indigenous people to seek self-determination. Apparently, Valeroso seeks to allow not only Moros, but also other groups of indigenous people to govern themselves.
Valeroso has a Facebook page, but all it has is his picture, and nothing else.
4. Joel Villanueva (LP)
Former chair, TESDA
Former party-list representative, CIBAC
Member of LP senatorial slate. Endorsed by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago
Notes: Joel Villanueva, the son of preacher Eddie Villanueva, was a party-list representative from 2001 to 2010, after which he was appointed as director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
|Joel Villanueva. Image from Philippine Online Chronicles.|
As TESDA Director, Villanueva was responsible for upgrading the agency, and, as a result, a number of regional and provincial offices were granted ISO certifications.
Perhaps because of his experience in TESDA, Villanueva's main advocacy is job generation and skills development, which he probably believes is a way by which poverty can be solved. His platform is an acronym which points to his having been TESDA chief: Trabaho (Jobs); Edukasyon (Education); Serbisyo (Service); Dignidad (Dignity); and Asenso (Progress).
Joel Villanueva has an active social media feed, with a Facebook page and a Twitter feed, as well as his own web page.
5. Juan Miguel Zubiri (Independent)
Former congressman, former senator
Member of UNA and Sen. Grace Poe's senatorial slate.
Notes: Miguel Zubiri is probably best known for having resigned from his Senate post after it was clear that his main competitor for the final slot in the 2007 elections, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, was the actual winner for that slot.
However, in the time that he was in the Senate, he was an active participant in the art of crafting laws. His Senate page lists a number of laws, of which he was either one of the principal authors or co-authors:
- the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010;
- the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act;
- the Renewable Energy Act of 2008;
- the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Act.
Of these, Zubiri appears to have made environmental issues, particularly clean fuel, the centerpiece of his platform in his current run for the Senate. In addition, Zubiri lists the following as the issues he plans to address should he win in the elections:
|Juan Miguel Zubiri. Image from WikiPilipinas.|
- Health - Zubiri advocates free health care for all, as well as the strengthening of government hospitals' services;
- Education - He also wants free food programs for students, and advocates the establishment of special education centers for special students;
- Environment - Zubiri calls for the strengthening of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management capability of local government units, as well as the strict implementation of environmental laws;
- Peace and Development - He is in favor of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and advocates the strengthening of cooperatives as an aid to development;
- Food Security - Zubiri wants to strengthen the agricultural sector by establishing 'food corridors' in each region, by creating agricultural centers in each region. He also favors the enactment of the Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Act.
Miguel Zubiri has an active Facebook page for his campaign.