MANILA, Philippines — Re-electionist Sen. Grace Poe remained the top choice of Filipino voters for the Senate in the coming May elections, results of the latest Pulse Asia survey released Friday revealed.
The survey, conducted from January 26 to 31 using face-to-face interview, showed that Poe getting a 74.9 percent voter preference.
Administration-backed re-electionist Sen. Cynthia Villar ranked second, with 60.5 percent voter preference.
Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (53.3 percent) and former senator Lito Lapid (53 percent) took the third to sixth spot in the ranking.
Senator Nancy Binay had 50.1 percent voting preference and Senator Sonny Angara scored 48.8 percent shared the third to ninth spot.
Former special assistant to the President Bong Go spends a whopping P422 million for his senatorial bid. The mystery? His net worth as of 2017 is only P12.85 million.
MANILA, Philippines –The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) tracked senatorial candidates’ spending on political advertisements and found something odd: the top spenders’ expenses exceeded their net worth.
PCIJ compared each candidates’ net worth, as declared in their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), to the ad placement data of Nielsen Media.
Former special assistant to the presidentBong Go, who is running under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-Partido Demokratikong Pilipino (HNP-PDP-LABAN) banner, spent P422 million.
However, his net worth is only P12.85 million. Go’s cash on hand or in bank is only at P3.9 million as of December 2017.
After the senatorial aspirant Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa biopic was shown in movie theaters, the life stories of two more senatorial candidates endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte will be presented tonight, February 9, in television. One is the story of Christopher “Bong” Go which will be aired on the longest running drama anthology, Malaala Mo Kaya (or MMK) in ABS-SBN. The other is the story of Francis Tolentino and his experience with Typhoon Ompong which will be aired at Net 25.
Both stories will air at 8:30 in the evening. Tolentino’s story, however, will be aired in two parts. The second part will be aired on February 10 at 7:00 in the evening.
Bong Go earlier served President Duterte as the Executive Assistant when the latter was still Davao City Mayor, and rose become the President’s Special Assistant.
Tolentino, on the other hand, earlier served as Mayor of Tagaytay City and became the Chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority. In 2016, he ran for senator but lost due to the “twerk scandal” when he hired the PLAYGIRLS to perform during his brother’s campaign.
Because of the scandal, Tolentino resigned as MMDA Chairman and removed himself from the Liberal Party in the 2016 elections.
The PLAYGIRLS is a dancers’ group known for their raunchy performance.
The filing of candidacies for the 2019 elections revealed a few surprises in the Province of Albay. This is because of the events at the national level that necessitated some realignments at the local level. It should be noted that the 2019 election is a midterm election and will test the public’s support for the Duterte Administration.
Among the surprises is the lack of contenders for mayoralty post in at least six towns with two or three more having only token candidates. Another is the assumed return of Cong. Joey Salceda to the provincial government. This is his ticket to the Regional Governorship should Federalism pushes through. Instead, Salceda sought re-election as Representative for the Second Congressional District.
The 2019 gubernatorial elections in Camarines Norte is a rematch between incumbent Governor Edgardo Tallado and former Congresswoman Catherine Barcelona Reyes. In 2016, after battling sex scandal that caught national attention, Tallado edged out Reyes with a 2.3% vote-margin or around 5,000 votes. Will the rematch lead to Tallado’s re-election?
The full list of candidates for the provincial posts of Camarines Norte are as follows:
BALMEO, Romeo (Independent or Ind)
REYES, Catherine Barcelona (Liberal Party or LP)
TALLADO, Edgardo (Partido Demkratikong Pilipino – Laban ng Bayan or PDP-Laban)