The Filipino Votes: How do the senatorial candidates stand on key issues?

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 2) — Eight candidates for senator in the 2019 midterm elections on Sunday shared their opinion on some of the most pressing issues in the country at a forum hosted by CNN Philippines.

The eight were MAGDALO Party list Representative Gary Alejano, Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, human rights lawyer Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno, Senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, former Senator Serge Osmeña, and Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino.

Aside from asking for their stand on issues, the candidates were also asked a wide range of questions to which they had to answer only with a "yes" or "no" by raising a paddle that had those words.

Among the yes-or-no questions were those that asked for their position on the legalization of medical marijuana, the re-imposition of the death penalty for drug-related crimes, and more transparency on President Rodrigo Duterte's health.

All the candidates responded gamely to the questions. Dela Rosa drew laughter from the crowd twice: the first after his paddle broke, and the other when he took a peek at the answer of Tolentino and Ejercito on the question about the President's health.

When asked why he was doing this, Dela Rosa said, "Tinitignan ko yung mga kakampi ko kung anong sagot nila. Kakampi ko si Francis Tolentino at si JV Ejercito. Kakampi ko yan, e. In unison."

[Translation: I was looking at my allies and what their answers are. I am allied with Francis Tolentino and JV Ejercito. In unison.]

All in all, seven yes-or-no questions were asked. Here is how the candidates voted:

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