13 of 33 senatorial candidates respond to survey conducted by CBCP-NASSA

April 10, 2013 10:49 pm 

MANILA, April 10 — Only 13 of the 33 senatorial candidates in the May 13 polls responded to the election survey conducted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA).

Last month, the CBCP social arm sent out the survey forms to senatorial aspirants, which was aimed at gathering and providing information on their position regarding national issues such as mining, freedom of information, national land use policy, political dynasty, pork barrel, agrarian reform, same sex marriage, Reproductive Health (RH) bill, divorce, and contractualization.

The candidates were Samson Alcantara (Social Justice Society), Greco Belgica (Democratic Party of the Philippines), Teddy Casino (independent), Lito David (Ang Kapatiran), JC Delos Reyes (Ang Kapatiran), Baldomero Falcone (Democratic Party of the Philippines), Richard Gordon (United Nationalist Alliance), Edward Hagedorn (independent), Mitos Magsaysay (United Nationalist Alliance), Ramon Magsaysay (Liberal Party), Christian Seneres (Democratic Party of the Philippines), Bro. Eddie Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas) and Miguel Zubiri (United Nationalist Alliance).

The CBCP-NASSA has released the result of the survey stated below:

On same sex marriage, 11 of the candidates expressed their opposition to it except Ramon Magsaysay Jr and Casino.

Except for Casino, all candidates were against Divorce.

Ten voted no while Hagedorn and Casino voted yes. Ramon Magsaysay took no position on the RH issue.

Gordon, Hagedorn, Ramon Magsaysay Jr, Villanueva and Zubiri were not in favor of scrapping the pork barrel whileeight candidates support the abolition of the country development fund.

“As we make public the findings in the survey, we hope that both candidates and voters can re-align their action and plans (hopefully towards a more equitable and just society) according to the information we will disseminate and apply critical analysis which can form a basis of their final vote,” the CBCP-NASSA added.

The survey will be used for the on-going voters’ education in all dioceses and other religious groups. (PNA)

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