Based on three decades of surveys, the
top issue that has always concerned Filipino voters is the economy. As Clinton strategist
James Carvill once put it, "It's the economy, stupid."
Of the 94,561 political candidates in
1992 elections, only 17,286 won.
Voters under 35 represent more than half
the the Philippine electorate.
In the 1992 presidential elections, Ramon
Mitra (considered the most trapo among the candidates) ironically carried the most number
of issues. His campaign kit raised up to 14 separate issues.
Jose Burgos, the Left's strongest
senatorial candidate in 1992 placed at number 56 in the final tally with about 1.1 million
The anti-trapo issue is not a recent
political theme. It was carried by Manahan, Manglapus, and Pelaez as long ago as the 50s.
The longest term of a Philippine mayor is
that of Pablo Cuneta. He's been in office for more than four decades now.
With the exception of Magsaysay, Aquino
and Ramos, all Philippine presidents were lawyers. The four who topped the bar include
Roxas, Garcia, Macapagal, and Marcos.
While Senator Tito Sotto topped the
senatorial elections in 1992, he was not in the top 24 in Batanes. Reason given: TV
reception for Eat Bulaga was too weak in the country's northern-most island.
Researched by Marvin Bionat
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