Profiles of national candidates now on COMELEC website

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has posted on Holy Wednesday (March 23)  the profiles of candidates aspiring for national positions on its website.

Said profiles are intended to provide voters some basic information about the national candidates, as well as their opinions and plans about key issues affecting OFWs.  The candidates themselves have provided the information to COMELEC when they filled up a standard form sent out by the latter.

COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista (Image Credit: COMELEC)

COMELEC sent out four-page forms for the presidential candidates and three-page forms for the vice-presidential and senatorial candidates.

All presidential and vice-presidential candidates have submitted the filled-up forms to COMELEC, except for Alan Peter Cayetano who opted not to submit any profile.

Forty senatorial candidates also submitted the forms to COMELEC, while ten (10) did not. The senatorial aspirants who did not submit their profiles include Levito Baligod (Ind), Neri Colmenares (MKBYN), Isko Moreno Domagoso (PMP), Ray Dorona (Ind), Larry Gadon (KBL), Dick Gordon (Ind), Eid Kabalu (Ind), Lorna Kapunan (AKSYON), Ralph Recto (LP), and Martin Romualdez (LAKAS)

The public can expect to see some sort of bio-data of the candidates including basic information such as complete name, date and place of birth, nickname, name of spouse, position, political party, and educational background on the COMELEC website.

The profile also contains the candidates' action plans or platform on issues confronting overseas Filipinos, broken down into 10 specifics, which surprisingly includes "Territorial claim over West Phiippine Sea".

The COMELEC only focused on overseas Filipinos in the forms that they asked the national aspirants to fill-up. It would have been better if more information about the candidates' stand on other key national issues were provided in the profile.

Well, it seems that voters will still need to keep their eyes and ears open for the national candidates' platforms and opinions on other issues from other sources. If they are still undecided at this point, voters have to make it a point to be informed about the latest statements from the national candidates.

Each vote is precious, so be wise in choosing who to vote for.  
Got a comment? Drop us a tweet to @Buzzerdaily