Team PNOY vs UNA (Photo courtesy of Tsikot.com)
With a total of 33 candidates are vying for 12 Senate seats in the May 13 polls who will you vote?
ABSCBN staged a way for the common Juan Dela Cruz to meet and have an idea of who these candidates are and what they promise to do when elected. Harapan 2013 the senatorial debate was help at La Consolacion College in Manila last April 21 and 28.
I watched both debates online through iWantTV and I must say, it really does make a difference when you get to hear them answer controversial questions that the country is facing right now. Who answered best? I scored each candidate a point whenever they answer a question that sounds good to me. I was not really surprised when I saw that most of the TRAPOs (Traditional Politicians) got the lowest scores. I might just use this as a guide come election day but it can still change. Again this is just based on my personal opinion so please don’t get mad if your bet is not on my list.
(Not sure if there is such a word “Senatoriable” but these are the candidates running for a Senatorial Seat)
Baldomero Falcone 12 pts
Greco Belgica 10 pts
Ricardo Penson 9 pts
Pia Hontiveros 9 pts
Samson Alcantara 8 pts
John Carlos Delos reyes 8 pts
Edward Hagedorn 8 pts
Grace Poe 8 pts
Teodoro Casino 7 pts
Mitos Magsaysay 7 pts
Aquilino Pimentel III 7 pts
Marwil Llasos 6 pts
Juan Edgardo Angara 5 pts
Bam Aquino 5 pts
Ramon Montano 5 pts
Christian Seneres 4 pts
Dick Gordon 4 pts
Rizalito David 4 pts
Ernesto Maceda 4 pts
Jun Magsaysay 4 pts
Eddie Villanueva 3 pts
The 6 Team PNoy candidates who were no-shows in the debates are:
Senators Loren Legarda, Alan Cayetano, Francis Escudero and Antonio Trillanes IV; Cynthia Villar and Jamby Madrigal.
The 6 UNA bets who shunned the debates are Nancy Binay, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, Jack Enrile, JV Ejercito, Senator Gregorio Honasan, and Juan Miguel Zubiri.
Those who didn’t show up automatically got a 0 for me. Well I already know who they are anyway… seen them in previous debates and mostly TRAPOs so it doesn’t really matter.
The Impeachment court passed judgement yesterday leading to a GUILTY verdict against Chief Justice Corona. With 20 Guilty and 3 Not Guilty vote on Article II of the impeachment complaint. The Senate’s decision made Corona the first public official in the Philippines to be forced out of office by an impeachment court.
Senators Edgardo Angara, Alan Peter Cayateno, Pia Cayetano, Franklin Drilon, Francis Edcudero , Jinggoy Estrada, Teofisto Guingona III, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Lito Lapid, Loren Legarda, Sergio Osmeña, Francis Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel III, Ralph Recto, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Vicente Sotto III, Antonio Trillanes IV, Manny Villar and Juan Ponce Enrile entered “guilty” votes.
Senators Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. voted to acquit Corona in Article 2.
Here are some of the memorable lines during the Corona Finale…
“This impeachment breaks new ground…I find the respondent guilty.” –Senator Edgardo Angara
Verdict: Not guilty. “This is not justice, political or legal. certainly not the law..it is only naked power, as it was in 1972.” –Senator Joker Arroyo
Verdict: Guilty. “Hindi ko po matanggap ang interpretasyon ng pinakamataas na hukom ng bansa.” –Senator Alan Peter Cayetano
Verdict: Guilty. “The failure to declare $2.4 million and P80 million is not minor.” –Sen. Pia Cayetano
Verdict: Not guilty. “Does SALN omission amount to an impeachable offense? NO! SALN carries light penalty, allows correction.” and added, as she addressed her colleagues ” I am insulted by the way your minds run.” –Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago
Verdict: Guilty. “He has lost his moral fitness as leader.” –Senator Franklin Drilon
Verdict: Guilty. “Ikinalulungkot ko na di ko po masasang-ayunan ang posisyong ito ni Chief Justice Corona. . Para sa akin, maliwanag ang mga batas natin at di ito nagbabanggaan. Ang pinagbabawalan ng FCDU law na mag-release ng impormasyon ukol sa dollar deposits ay ANG MGA BANKO AT DI ANG DEPOSITOR. ” –Senator Francis Escudero
Verdict: Guilty “I pray that as we conclude this defining moment, we can unite again as a nation, as a society.” –Senator Jinggoy Estrada
Verdict: Guilty. “”Ang nasasakdal na punong mahistrado ay hindi na, hindi na po karapat-dapat sa pagtitiwala ng sambayanang Pilipino.” –Senator TG Guingona
Verdict: Guilty. “He is no longer fit to preside in highest court in the land. May duda na sa kakayahan ng ating punong hukom. ” –Senator Gringo Honasan
Verdict: Guilty. “Guilty as charged under Art II on the Articles of impeachment.” –Senator Panfilo Lacson
Verdict: Guilty: “Sa akin ay malinaw na malinaw na si chief justice ay lumabag sa batas.” –Senator Lito Lapid
Verdict: Guilty. “My chief concern is the credibility and the trust of our people in the most important institution of the land.” –Senator Loren Legarda
Verdict: Not guilty. “When the furor has died down and this political storm has subsided, I know that like the lady Justice we shall find solace in the fact that this decision, though maybe not popular, was fair, impartial and just.” –Senator Bongbong Marcos
Verdict: Guilty. “There is more reason to apply the law when the assets in question amount to P180 million.” –Senator Sergio Osmena III
Verdict: Guilty. “The Chief Justice displayed a disturbing pattern of dishonesty.” –Senator Kiko Pangilinan
Verdict: Guilty. “Ang batas para kay Juan, ay batas rin para kay Renato.” –Senator Koko Pimentel
Verdict: Guilty. “It is easy to impeach one man. What is hard is to impeach hunger, joblessness, poverty.” –Senator Ralph Recto
Verdict: “Napakahirap man, alang-alang sa pagkakaisa at paghilom ng ating bayan. alang-alang sa pagpapatibay ng institusyon ng ating pamahalaan at nang darating pang henerasyon. I found Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty.” –Senator Bong Revilla
Verdict: Guilty. “Ang tunay na hukom sa paglilitis na ito ay ang taong bayan.” –Senator Tito Sotto
Verdict: Guilty. “From now on, no one is untouchable.” –Senator Antonio Trillanes
Verdict: Guilty –Senator Manuel Villar
“This court means serious business and would not succumb or to allow underhanded tactics and gimmickry to deter this court from our tasks.” –Senator Juan Ponce Enrile
Source: PH Yahoo News