2022 Philippine senatorial race

WHERE THEY STAND: 2022 senatorial bets’ stance on various issues

Jairo Bolledo
WHERE THEY STAND: 2022 senatorial bets’ stance on various issues

Screenshot from The Rundown 2022 Facebook Page

(2nd UPDATE) During the Rundown 2022 senatorial forum, candidates are asked about key issues, including death penalty, the legalization of abortion, and President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war

MANILA, Philippines – Senatorial candidates for the May 9 polls shared their positions on key issues during a forum on Saturday, March 12. 

Twenty senatorial candidates initially confirmed their attendance to The Rundown 2022, a youth-oriented Senate elections forum of the Commission on Elections. However, only 19 were able to attend after Antique Representative Loren Legarda withdrew her participation.

Those who joined Saturday’s forum are as follows (in alphabetical order): 

  • Ibrahim Albani
  • Agnes Bailen
  • Carl Balita
  • Roy Cabonegro
  • John Castriciones
  • Neri Colmenares 
  • David D’Angelo
  • Chel Diokno
  • Luke Espiritu
  • Win Gatchalian
  • Richard “Dick” Gordon
  • Samira Gutoc
  • Risa Hontiveros
  • Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog
  • Alex Lacson
  • Sonny Matula
  • Astra Pimentel
  • Antonio Trillanes IV
  • Carmen Zubiaga

The candidates provided their stance on key issues during the forum’s yes or no segment. Aside from this segment, they also answered questions from a panel that included former Ateneo School of Government dean Antonio La Viña, Cielo Magno of the University of the Philippines School of Economics, and Louie Benedict Ignacio of the University of Santo Tomas’ Department of Political Science.

Below are the key issues asked during the yes or no segment:

  • Legalizing abortion
  • Mandatory military service for the youth
  • Lowering of corporate income tax
  • Repeal of anti-terror law
  • Effectivity of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war
  • Death penalty
  • Adopting federal system of government
  • Anti-balimbing bill
  • Legalizing motorcycle taxis or habal-habal
  • Effectivity of the K to 12 program
  • Changing of public utility vehicles’ boundary system to service contract
  • Public’s open access to Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth
  • Prohibition of end-of-contract scheme or endo
  • Allowing politicians with pending case to run
  • Effectivity of government’s response to COVID-19

The slides below captured rapid responses of the candidates during the forum. The Rundown organizers are expected to release the full answers on Monday, March 14.

The organizers also clarified that Zubiaga’s answer to the anti-terror law question was “yes.” This means that Zubiaga, an advocate for persons with disabilities, thinks the law should be repealed.

Take a look at the senatorial bets’ rapid responses:


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Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering the police, crime, military, and security.