The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has posted on its official website the profiles of national candidates for the May 9 presidential and senatorial elections.
Comelec provided the list of candidates and their respective profiles for the benefit of Overseas Absentee Voters (OAV) who want to review the qualifications of candidates and their platform of government on issues concerning overseas Filipinos.
The profile includes personal information, educational attainment and their action plans for Filipinos overseas particularly regarding issues of illegal recruitment, high placement fee, inability to save money, employer abuse, risk of mass layoff in case of economic turmoil, corrupt airport officials and staff, imposition of taxes and custom duties on balikbayan boxes, broken families/children inability to finish studies, territorial claim over West Philippine Sea and the establishment of and providing budget for migrant and overseas resource centers.
All of the presidential candidates — Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay, Grace Poe, Rodrigo Duterte, Miriam Defensor-Santiago have submitted their profiles. Even the profile of late Rep. Roy Seneres is still uploaded in the Comelec website. Among the Vice presidential bets, only Alan Peter Cayetano did not submit his profile.
The Senatoriables who did not submit their profiles include Levito Baligo (Ind), Neri Colmenares (Makabayan), Isko Moreno Domagoso (PMP), Ray Dorona (Ind), Ralph Recto (LP), Martin Romualdez (Lakas), Eid Kabalu (Ind), Atty. Lorna Kapunan (Aksyon) and Dick Gordon (Ind).
Comelec earlier stated that it is expecting a higher turnot of overseas absentee voters this year.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs- Overseas Absentee Secretariat, some 1,400,767 million Filipinos abroad have registered in various foreign service posts, Manila cultural offices, and local overseas voter registration centers for the 2016 national and local polls. This is the first time that OAV registration surpassed the one-million mark.
Based on Comelec’s list, out of the registered OAVs, 1,326,728 are land-based voters, while 49,339 are seafarers.
In 2010 presidential elections, Comelec posted a 25.99 percent voter turnout or a total of 153,323 voted out of the 589,830 who registered for the OAV.
In the 2013 midterm polls, the Comelec recorded a low 16.11 percent voter turnout for 118,823 Filipinos who voted out of the 737,759 registered voters in the OAV.
Access the Candidates Profile here.