4 Things to Know: The Philippine Elections

1. The Elections: The Philippine Presidential & Senate elections are to be held on May 9, 2016.  Filipinos will vote for a new president, vice-president, 12 senators, one district representative, one party list representative, and provincial/city/municipal officials. The winning President and senators have a fixed term of 6 years and cannot exceed beyond it.

2. The Personalities: The five major contenders in the presidential race are Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay, Grace Poe, Miriam Santiago, and Rodrigo Duterte. To know more about them, check out my post about the Profiles Of The Presidential Candidates.

3. The Vote: This is the third time that the Philippines will use automated voting technology, which many experts credited for the faster and more credible election results in 2010 and 2013. Though, many have doubts about the reliability of the machine as it is computer generated and could be manipulated at any time.

4. The Platform of Government:
Manuel Roxas

-Espouses Daang Matuwid
-Expanded bottom up budget
-More jobs through BPO-IT
-Grow tourism sector
-Poverty eradication through 4Ps
Peace & Order
-Justice system to punish rooks
-Safety from disasters and crime

Miriam Santiago
-Create jobs, reduce poverty
-Improve investment climate
-Electoral, political reforms
-Fight corruption
Rule Of Law
-Enforce law, but respect due process
-Implement renewable energy policies

Grace Poe
Peace & Order
-Commit to sustained peace and genuine autonomy in Mindanao
Foreign Policy
-Push rule of law and diplomacy, rules-based approach in West Philippine Sea dispute
-Ensure inclusive growth
-Reform tax system
-Curb corruption
-Effective delivery of services

Rodrigo Duterte
Crime & Corruption
-Increase police salaries
-Reintroduce the death penalty for heinous crimes
Inclusive Economy
-Study shift to federalism
-More jobs in the countryside
Equal Protection
-Phase out contractualization
-Income tax exemption for low wage earners

Jejomar Binay
Social Inclusion/Improvement of Services
-Improve quality of basic education
-Better transport system
Economic Dynamism
-Generate jobs in major employment sectors
-Streamlined process in taxation
Effective Caring & Governance
-Tight coordination between national and local governments

Sources: Mong Palatino, The Diplomat. “7 Things To Know About The 2016 Philippine Elections”. The Diplomat. N.p., 2016. Web. 5 Apr. 2016. ; Ansis, Jc. “What Is Your Presidential Candidate’s Platform Of Government?”. CNN. N.p., 2016. Web. 5 Apr. 2016.



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