Party-list organizations spent P1.54 billion on ad placements alone, data from media monitoring agency Nielsen show. This was P400 million more than the combined total contributions to winning senators in the same polls, which was pegged at P1.14 billion.
Despite being the “poorest” among elected senators in 2019, political neophyte Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go spent the most during the campaign.
A total of 51 of the 134 party-list groups who ran in the 2019 midterm elections was able to earn at least one seat at the House of Representatives.
Voter turnout has been on the average of 76% for the past two decades. It tends to go up slightly higher when it’s time to vote for the president and vice-president or during the national elections every six years.
With the 2022 polls coming up, the Commission on Elections has recently released the number of elective positions. A total of 325 national positions and 17,762 local positions are for the taking this coming elections.
May 2019 senatorial candidates who spent more on TV advertisements earned better chances at winning a seat in the Senate.
A total of 44,549,848 Filipinos turned out to vote in the 2016 national elections. Out of this number, 16,601,997 voted for Rodrigo R. Duterte, which led him to becoming the 16th president of the Philippines.
Some politicians and potential candidates for the 2022 elections are taking advantage of this and have started utilizing the digital platform for name recall. These social media ads, after all, are not considered premature campaigning due to a legal loophole. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, a possible re-electionist, is found to have spent over P4.5 million on Facebook ads alone.
Progressive Party-List Representatives from the Makabayan Bloc in the House of Representatives, 2001-present
Progressive party-list organizations’ first foray into electoral politics was in 2001, after the second People Power uprising or EDSA Dos that forced President Joseph Estrada from power in January of that year. Later that year, Bayan Muna swept the party-list polls, taking the maximum three seats in the 12th Congress. The Duterte administration, however, has revived and intensified such attacks, engaging in a massive vilification campaign on the ground and on social media.
The island of Sumatra is the region with the highest level of reporting on money politics in the 2019 simultaneous regional head elections. Based on data from the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) listed on the Datatalk.asia website, the number of reports related to money politics reached 147 cases representing 7.3 percent of the total reports violations in Sumatra. Thus, almost a third of the 550 political-related reports nationally occurred in western Indonesia. While the Kalimantan region occupies the second position with the number of reports on money politics reaching 6.4 percent, followed by Sulawesi 5.3 percent.