Updated 19:02 PM PHT Fri, February 12, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It's still early in the campaign period but the presidential candidates are already making their rounds to woo people to vote for them in the coming May elections.
But what platform of government are the presidential candidates offering? This, of course, differs for each of them.
During the "Election Roundtable" on CNN Philippines' Network News on Friday (February 12), representatives of those seeking the presidency briefly laid out the plans their candidates are pushing for.
Roxas: Three freedoms
For administration bet Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, the priority is to continue the "Daang Matuwid."
Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Guiterrez, spokesman of the Daang Matuwid Coalition, said it is the principle that underlies Roxas' entire platform.
"Anybody can talk about what they will do. But at the end of the day, who can you really trust to implement what they will do. Over the past five and a half years, that's what we think has been the biggest achievement of the Aquino administration — it has restored trust in the government," said Guiterrez.
"More than anything else, we all have our programs, we all have our plans, but it is a question ultimately of the integrity of the candidate, trusting the candidate that when he or she assumes office, he or she will not betray the trust of the people."
Guiterrez, however, said that the heart of Roxas' campaign is banked on "three freedoms."
"First is the freedom of hunger, and that is essentially concerned with job generation particularly in the agriculture sector. He talks about foreign investments in manufacturing and bigger government investments in infrastructure for the agricultural sector," he said.
"[There is the] freedom from fear — talking about safety nets on health issues and peace and order, improve policing. And the freedom to dream which goes towards in improving the capacity of individual citizens and families to actually aspire for their dreams, such as expanding the K-12 and CCT [conditional cash transfer] programs."
Poe: Heart in governance
Meanwhile, presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is running on a platform of "putting heart in governance" or bringing back the government closer to the people.
"True kailangan ng track record, true kailangan ng galing. Pero she's now pairing it up with puso, heart in governance. We need a government that empathizes with its people, that sympathizes and feels what the people are feeling," said Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, spokesperson of Poe.
Gatchalian added Poe also has plans on achieving inclusive growth, improving competitiveness, and has constantly pushed for the fight against drugs.
"Our economy has expanded rapidly, but it's now time to give that trickle-down effect a bigger push. In terms of education, she's been batting for in-school feeding programs or free lunch box programs for all public school students to combat malnutrition inside the schools," he said.
"She has vowed to declare drugs as a national security threat. And improving competitiveness, the ease of doing business — registering businesses and synchronizing national laws to make sure that it's conducive for businessmen to set up businesses, especially for our small and medium enterprises."
Binay: Higher economic growth
As far as the vice president is concerned, Gary Teves, former Finance secretary and current UNA treasurer, said Jejomar Binay wants to continue higher economic growth by investing more in infrastructure and ensuring that action is taking place quicker.
"We first have to generate more resources externally by inviting foreign investors and making sure that environment is really conducive to foreign investments," said Teves.
"We were amending economic provisions of the Constitution to allow foreign investors to invest in areas that have been disallowed or limited — land, public utilities. He will also emphasize on inclusive growth, and provide emphasis on health and education."
Duterte: Fight vs. crime and corruption
And what are the top priorities of Rodrigo Duterte's platform of government?
"Our top three would be 24/7 fight against crime and corruption, which is the core of Mayor Duterte's and Senator's Cayetano's campaign. Second we promote the development of our economy by tying this up with our advocacy on federalism, which is regional development," said Duterte's spokesman Peter Laviña.
"The last is we should have equality before the law and give equal opportunities for everyone."
He added that Duterte wants to push for the proper implementation of laws.
"Kaya yung sinasabi niyang fight against crime, drugs and corruption may pinagmulan yun. Exhibit A ang Davao."
The office of Santiago couldn't send a representative to the "Election Roundtable" on CNN Philippines' Network News, but based on the materials they sent some of her priorities include job creation, poverty reduction, electoral and political reforms, and fighting corruption.
She is also pushing for the proper enforcement of laws while recognizing due process.