AT THE mini political rally held in Cavite Friday morning, Nacionalista Party (NP) senatorial bet Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said if re-elected in the Senate, she will pass a law prohibiting candidates to throw unacceptable statements to their competitors.

If she will be given a chance to do public service again, Santiago said she will push the Senate to give Commission on Election (Comelec) the power to monitor the statements made during campaign sorties to eliminate mudslinging.

“Hindi maganda itong tapunan ng putik. Mudslinging is never the best campaign way,” the senator said.

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Santiago added that the public is already numb with this bad propaganda during campaign season and they are now looking for the track records.

“Those dirty tricks department should really be abolished by operation of law,” she said. “The candidates instead should debate on their projects and politics and not with futile issues.”

Campaigns with the stars

Santiago is also not very keen on using artists from the entertainment industry during the campaign season.

She said the Comelec can implement the Fair Elections Act any moment because it is valid and the election was turn into a contest on who can endorse better.

“Nagiging contest kung sino ang pinakamagaling na endorser. Hindi natin pinaguusapan ang kandidato kundi ang endorsers nya, eh kung ganun pala eh yung endorser na lang ang ihalal natin,” she said.

She added that the politician's track records such as his or her degree, their professional career and if they have enough experience in the government are now shown by the showbiz names.

The senatorial aspirant is very consistent in telling that she wanted to see those running to talk about their qualifications.

“Dapat matuto ang mga kandidato na mag prisenta ng mga sariling personalidad nila. Wag yung iba kasi mabibingi at hindi na marinig ang mga mensahe ng kandidato.”

Santiago is running as guest candidate of NP. (Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)