We’re starting a “Pierce the Candidates” series to help our readers get to know our senatorial candidates better. Each posting will be updated as we gather new information about a particular candidate. For our first piercing, we’d like to start with administration bet Prospero “Butch” A. Pichay, Jr.
Pichay was born on June 20, 1950 in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. He has a son named Carlo, who is proud of his father.
Pichay, a Commerce graduate of De la Salle University, has been the representative of the first district of Surigao del Sur since 1998. Before entering the Congress he was a businessman. He was the owner of Carlo Commercial Printing and Carlo Publishing, which reportedly published the tabloid Remate.
Aside from being Pro-Pinoy, Pichay could also be described as pro-night clubs. SunStar reported that in 2003, when the Justice department wanted to bar government officials from going to bars and girlie joints, Pichay vehemently opposed the plan. According to SunStar, he said that preventing government officials from going to bars is the “highest form of hypocrisy” and violates the right to privacy. “Moralizing is very subjective. We should not mix it with governance,” Pichay was quoted as saying.
The laws of which he is the primary authors are Republic Act 9355, which created the Province of Dinagat Islands; RA 9340, which amended RA 9164 to extend the terms of office of barangay officials and reset the date of barangay elections, and RA 9344, the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act. Here is a link to the list of his bills and resolutions in the 13th Congress.
The TEAM Unity candidate and vocal defender of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says it is his dream to make the Filipinos’ dreams come true. His official biography says Pichay believes that a dream ceases to be one when you will it. Arroyo said Pichay will work for the development of Mindanao. In the TEAM Unity website, listed as Pichay’s platforms are:
* Disaster management and environment
* Alternative energy resources
* Defense and National Security
* Youth and sports development
Pinoy Votester 2007 reports that Pichay
Stood for implementation of Mining Act of 1995 and Charter Change, and supported mining and logging companies in his province; called for a review of the VFA but with US permission; opposed calls for commercial log ban, does not believe in the culpability of the military on extrajudicial killings.
Being the current president of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, his present motto is: “Make the Right Move, Play Chess!”
Despite his television ads that are aired very often, Pichay fails to make in the top 12 in the surveys. In the latest Pulse Asia survey, he is only one rank ahead of Antonio Trillanes, who cannot campaign because he is in jail .
Pichay doesn’t seem to very popular among Filipino bloggers, too. Search Pichay on Technorati and you will find comments like this:
“I am not saying that he is a trapo (traditional politician) so that he may be called a dino politician – meaning, a totally ancient and extinct politician. I am also not saying that I won’t vote for him. Though, it’s pretty obvious huh?” (dreamshadow)
Despite this, however, we have to admit that Pichay has one of the best election ads on YouTube. His theme song, Bagong Umaga, was performed by the popular band 6cyclemind. His ad has also spawned funny spoofs on YouTube, such as this and this.