Intelligence last on the list
MANILA - Resistance to corruption has emerged as the top trait that Filipino voters are looking for in senatorial candidates, a recent survey showed.
A fourth of 1,440 Filipino adults asked in the survey said they are looking for senatorial candidates who "will not be corrupt," a study conducted by the Social Weather Stations from December 16 to 19, 2018 showed.
Some 22 percent of the respondents, meanwhile, said they would back bets who are perceived to have "concern for the poor," showed the survey commissioned by Stratbase ADRi, a research organization chaired by former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.
Other top qualities important for Filipino voters when choosing a senatorial bet are "good personal characteristics" (21 percent), "trustworthiness" (21 percent), and "helpful to those in need" (20 percent).
Notably, on the bottom of the list were qualities such as political will and intelligence, which only 3 percent of the respondents are looking for.
Candidates who 'can give solutions to the country's problems' got 9 percent. And those who have faith in God got only 5 percent.
Respondents from Metro Manila valued trustworthiness the most, while those from balance Luzon and Visayas were more keen on supporting candidates who "will not be corrupt."
"Good personal characteristics," meanwhile, was most important for participants from Mindanao.
The survey has a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percent.
The survey was released nearly a month and a half into the campaign period, and weeks after Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign manager Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said "honesty should not be an election issue."
In her slate are former senators tagged in the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund scam: Jinggoy Estrada, who is out on bail while facing trial, and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., who was acquitted in plunder charges but is still facing graft allegations.