The Philippine Star : 'Frontliners': SMNI’s deep probe gives presidential aspirants the edge

28 March 2022

By The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Frontliners Ang Bida Partylist #111 believes that the Deep Probe organized by the Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) gave all the aspiring presidential candidates the edge for May 9 national elections.

After the successful presidential and senatorial debates last month, SMNI under its main producer Arnold Vegafria organized last Saturday the Deep Probe or the presidential candidates’ interview at the Okada Manila Resort Hotel in Parañaque City, which garnered million of views worldwide.

“It’s a great avenue where the people discovered how these presidentiables would perform once they are elected,” Frontliners Ang Bida Partylist first nominee Jayke Joson said. “The people were so enlightened by the answers of our presidentiables about the current local and global issues.”

The panelists — who interviewed live presidential candidates Leody de Guzman, Ernesto Abella, Norberto Gonzales, Dr. Jose Montemayor Jr. and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. — were UP Political Science Professor Clarita Carlos, The Manila Times Publishing Corp. Chairman Dante “Klink” Ang II, Atty. Rolex Suplico and professor Sass Rogando Sasot.

Questions regarding national and international issues like military defenses, treaties, BARMM, energy solutions, education, constitutional amendments, economics and health issues, among others, were straightforward delivered to aspiring presidentiables for almost seven hours of healthy discussion.

“To all those who attended, it really helped them to present their respective platforms to the people. It’s a big help for their candidacy while for those who did not I do not know,” Joson added. “The candidates will surely give them the winning edge.”

The former actor-producer said they attended the SMNI’s Deep Probe to find out how the candidates would react on certain issues and how they would put solutions to those problems that affect the country especially the frontliners.

“Our very own frontliners need to see those candidates, we really need to see if our frontliners are part of their platforms,” Joson said, whose party-list is supported by the PDP-Laban of President Rodrigo Duterte.
He is hoping the next president will sustain what the Duterte administration is doing in providing help to the police, soldiers, nurses, medical staff, doctors, barangay workers, food delivery boys, and other frontliners.

Frontliners is seeking a double-hazard pay, tax-free allowance, free insurance policies for all frontliners, and the abolition of the no work, no pay policy for sick frontliners.

It is one of the 178 party-list candidates vying for a seat in the House of Representatives.