UNA, LP told: Focus on voters, not Chiz, Loren, Grace

by Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Feb 14 2013 07:29 PM | Updated as of Feb 16 2013 01:18 AM

'Team PNoy, UNA too focused on chasing common bets'

Start of campaign period 'boring': political analyst

MANILA -- The first two days of the official election campaign period for national positions have been "boring," a political analyst said Thursday.

Institute for Political and Electoral Reform Executive Director Ramon Casiple said both the Liberal Party-led Team PNoy and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) have been too focused on the three common candidates instead of  voters.

"Ang tawag diyan boring. Walang masyadong isyu na inilabas. 'Yung mga isyu na inilabas basically habulan ng kandidato eh, hindi habulan ng botante," Casiple told radio dzMM Thursday morning.

He also noted that the proclamation rallies held by both coalitions seemed to highlight only the personalities of their senatorial candidates, not their platforms.
 
"Itong proclamation rally, syempre nagsisimula 'yan sa paglalatag ng kung ano mang gusto mo kapag ikaw ay nasa gobyerno, programa at plataporma 'yan e. Sa nangyayari, mukhang ang mga personalidad ang lumilitaw," he said.

Casiple said candidates should instead lay out their platforms on how they can improve the lives of the Filipino people.

"To think na pinag-uusapan natin dito ay pagpili ng kandidato na mamumuno sa iyo...'yung mga expected mo na issue dapat ay issue ng governance -- ano bang gagawin sa problema ng bayan?"

He added that Team PNoy and UNA should stop fighting over petty issues which are not relevant to the voters.

"Meron pa namang panahon e... I would expect na papasok talaga sila sa mga real issues pero 'yung ganitong takbo ngayon eh dapat ihinto na nila bago pa lumala 'yung ganyang klaseng bangayan," Casiple said.

On Chiz, Loren, Grace

Casiple said he believes the three common candidates, Senators Loren Legarda and Francis "Chiz" Escudero and former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chairperson Grace Poe, seriously face the risk of being dropped from the ticket of UNA if they continue to snub the party's campaign sorties.

He also noted that President Benigno Aquino II has been vocal on his stand that common candidates should only join the campaign sorties of Team PNoy.

"Problema talaga eh kasi nung nagsabi 'yung Liberal Party na hindi nila papayagan 'yung kanilang mga common candidate na umakyat sa entablado ng UNA eh halata mo na magkakagulo talaga, at ito na nga 'yun." he said.

"Kahihinatnan nito magbe-break up talaga 'yung pagiging common candidate mo kasi hahatakin ka talaga ng dalawang panig na tumabi sa kanila. Baka nga tama 'yung sa balita na haka-haka na tatanggalin sila ng UNA sa listahan," Casiple added. -- With dzMM