“An automatic green light is not guaranteed however,” said Dr. Aries Arugay.
"Some of the senators are aligned to Duterte only because of his overwhelming popularity at the moment," he said. Should the mood swing against him, some senators could drop their support.
“It is gross inefficiency if we are to be rather kind and benign with Comelec or worse, there might be deliberate attempt to sabotage and manipulate the elections,” Dr. Temario Rivera said.
“One needs to campaign using different fronts. Social media can reach certain types of people, e.g. young people, professionals and OFWs (overseas Filipino workers). However, a candidate really has to go out and interact with different sectors,” Dr. Maria Ela Atienza said.
“In the Philippines, because electoral and party system laws do not encourage program-based political parties and campaigns, elections remain very expensive and personality-based,” she added.
“Hindi lang naman sa lahat ng instance pera ito. Maaring trabaho, trabaho sa munisipyo, rekomendasyon sa ibang trabaho,” said Dr. Jean Encinas-Franco.
“It’s also difficult in a place where people are very poor to find very strong alternative candidates,” added Dr. Maria Ela Atienza.
“‘Yung mga tinatawag nating election-related violence, ito ‘yung mga uri ng violence na kung saan ang gusto ng mga gumagawa ay maapektuhan ang resulta ng eleksyon. Puwede itong sa pamamagitan ng physical o pananakit tulad ng assassination, kasama na rin ang kidnapping. Puwede ring threat or intimidation kung saan tinatakot ang ilang grupo at ang resulta ng pananakot ay magiging paborable doon sa nananakit o kaya nananakot,” said Dr. Maria Ela Atienza.
“Mahal ang eleksyon sa Pilipinas kaya mahal ang taya ng mga kandidato. Kaya para sa kanila parang life and death na rin ang trato nila sa politika,” argued Dr. Maria Ela Atienza.
“Sa Local Government Code, dumami rin ang responsibilidad at pera ng ating mga local government officials. Isa ring attraction ‘yan kaya nagiging expensive ang eleksyon sa atin. Mahina ang mga political parties sa atin kaya ang tinitignan ng mga tao ay personality at hindi mga programa,” Dr. Maria Ela Atienza added.
“You have 6 years in office, you have an office budget that you can use to promote your advocacy or to promote your name all over the country. Plus whatever the Senate does, the media also cover that. It also helps reelectionists,” Dr. Jean Encinas-Franco told Rappler.
“It’s good to raise the private aspect of this….How the subdivisions, which may be strategically placed, up to what extent could they affect the performance in elections?” Asst. Prof. Gene Pilapil said.
Dr. Aries Arugay said the upcoming Senate composition is more likely to support the shift to federalism, but this would ultimately depend on the individual interests of senators come voting time.
“Some of those who won are considered loyalists of the President. However, most of those who won are traditional and popular politicians who also are just allies of the President, not personally loyal to him,” Dr. Maria Ela Atienza said.
“Nagkaroon ng mga panibagong pamamaraan itong mga malalakas at mayayaman na pamilya sa atin para lalong i-control ang politika natin,” said Dr. Temario Rivera.
“May mga ready supporters sila at mga resources. Lamang sila sa mga pangangampanya. Puwedeng mabawasan ang boses na mas vocal sa kanilang oposisyon at pagdadala ng mga alternatibong pahayag,” Dr. Maria Ela Atienza added.
"What the Comelec can control is the public information campaign by informing the people they only have to vote [for] 12 candidates, they may not fill up the entire slate but they should not overvote," Dr. Jean Encinas-Franco said.
“They did not launch a campaign that can surpass [the] President’s popularity. They were criticizing the President but he [was] not [on] the ballot, and they were just speaking to their base,” said professor Jean Encinas-Franco of the University of the Philippines’ political science department.
“The results at the national (senatorial) and local elections are generally expected with a very popular president endorsing allies and some loyal followers in a well-funded campaign but still not good for a country that is still in the process of democratizing. Many of the candidates endorsed by the President in his loose coalition of traditional politicians and some newcomers won,” Dr. Maria Ela Atienza argued.
“Ang importante dito ay tanungin sino ang pinalit. Sila ba ay parte rin ng dinastiya? Ito ba ay labanan lamang ng mga dinastiya? Luma versus bago?” Dr. Aries Arugay said.
“Mayroong continuity at change base sa latest election results,” Dr. Jean Encinas-Franco said. She added, “Hindi ako nasorpresa na walang nakapasok mula sa oposisyon dahil hindi sila unified enough.”
Jan Robert R. Go (吴安平), Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Department of Political Science, emphasized that the China issue does not directly affect the elections. He said that voters still decide based on social and economic considerations (livelihood, services, etc.).
In an earlier interview with Rappler, Ela Atienza, chairperson of the University of the Philippines Political Science Department, said local politicians who aligned themselves with PDP-Laban enjoyed advantages such as access to the national party’s vast resources and satisfaction associated with the President’s high popularity ratings.
"Wala talaga tayong tinatawag na matured political parties... Kung ina-allow sila ng sistema, halimbawa artista ka, tapos napakadali mong lumipat sa kung anu-anong partido, talagang magiging kandidato siya," said Dr. Jean Encinas-Franco.
"Kung mataas ang turnout ngayon ng kabataan, baka may magbago doon sa turnout ng elections natin," Ela Atienza, chairperson of the Department of Political Science of the University of the Philippines, said in an interview on GMA's "Eleksyon 2019" coverage.
It’s likely Duterte’s opponents will be almost completely shut out in the Senate race, said University of the Philippines political science professor Aries Arugay. “This reflects his ability to control an electoral contest," Arugay said. "You still have a very formidable incumbent administration.”
For University of the Philippines political science department chair Ela Atienza, there may be more candidates in areas where local politics is more competitive.
“It works especially in the Philippine context because widowhood has symbolic elements that are very much valued in politics,” said University of the Philippines political science professor Jean Franco.
“Politics in the Philippines – due mostly to the constitutional framework, electoral and party system laws and culture – exhibit weakness of political parties and party loyalty or discipline,” Atienza said.
Dr. Maria Ela Atienza on name recall and presidential endorsement
"Kung numbers ang pagbabatayan natin at kung sino ang kinakampanya ng pangulo, baka mawala ang sinasabi nating independent oversight function ng Senado."
“In a country like the Philippines, the environment issue is, more than anything else, an equity issue, according to the analysis made by Ruth Lusterio-Rico of UP sa Halalan 2019."
An initiative which traces its roots to the UP sa Halalan project by the university’s Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs in the 2013 and 2016 elections, the project aims to provide the public with viewpoints from experts in political science, governance, the electoral process and other issues confronting the electorate.
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Mr. Duterte’s peculiar style of endorsement is “still very personalistic,” said Dr. Maria Ela Atienza, head of the UP Department of Political Science. “Alliances, loyalty and support are more important to him. It’s like ‘I am indebted to them because they supported me.’”
"His decision to run with the backing of Sara Duterte, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, puts him in a difficult situation, as the administration has been accused of attacking and intimidating the country’s press, once regarded as one of the freest in the region,” Arugay added.
“Aimee Bautista, an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines-Diliman Political Science department, said that university life is one of the main factors of youth politicization. Bautista has done research on youth perceptions of the Sangguniang Kabataan, as well as the likelihood of university students participating in electoral politics."
“When a province is divided into small separate provinces and it occurs shortly before the election period, it is called gerrymandering,” explained Dr. Perlita Frago-Marasigan.
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She has spoken countless times on TV and radio as well as other media where her expertise in political science and forms of government were shared with wider and curious audiences. But Professor Maria Ela Atienza still feels that there is a lack of understanding of what federalism is and how it can affect people.
Eight candidates for the Philippine Senate and their supporters trooped to the University Theater in UP Diliman on the afternoon of December 2, 2018 to participate in The Filipino Votes, a senatorial forum jointly organized by UP and CNN Philippines.