Philippines & Elections

ELECTION 2013 -Election is like a fiesta or festival – with its colorful banners, songs/parade/motorcade and assemblies. It starts in January and end in May, besides it only happen every three years.

The date: May 13, 2013

Anyway here’s the list of Candidates and remember to




1. Alan Peter Cayetano

Nacionalista Party

Senator of the Philippines, 2007-2013 (14th to 15th Congress)
Representative, Taguig and Pateros, 1998-2007 (11th to 13th Congress)
Vice Mayor, Taguig, 1995-1998 (But his victory was confirmed only 10 days before his three-year term was due)
Councilor, Taguig, 1992–1995

2. Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel

Having served as a journalist for 10 years before venturing into politics, she is a recipient of the Kapisanan Ng Mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas’ Golden Dove Award for Best Female Newscaster
The older sister of journalist and TV news anchor Pia Hontiveros and TV host Ginggay Hontiveros
A staunch critic of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Supporter of the Reproductive Health bill

Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party, Guest candidate of Liberal Party

Representative of Akbayan Party-List, June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2010
Coalition for Peace, Secretary-General, 1988 to 1992
Government Panel for Peace Talks with the National Democratic Front (chair of Reciprocal Working Committee on Socio-Economic Reforms, August 1998 – June 1999)
Amnesty International Pilipinas (member, Board of Directors)

3. Antonio Trillanes IV

Belonged to a group of young rebelious soldiers called Magdalo, which carried out the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003
In 2007, he was again involved in another hotel takeover, the Manila Pen siege
Campaigned for senator in 2007 through the social networking site, Friendster, while in detention
He was proclaimed senator-elect June 15, 2007

Nacionalista Party

Lieutenant Senior Grade, Philippine Navy
Senator, June 2007 – present

4. Aquilino Martin “Koko” Pimentel III

Pimentel assumed post as senator on August 15, 2011 after he won an election protest against Juan Miguel Zubiri and was proclaimed the real winner of the 12th Senate seat being contested in the 2007 elections
He was supposed to run under the ticket of the United Nationalist Alliance, but left the group after it retained Zubiri as one of its candidates
Son of former Senator Aquilinino ‘Nene’ Pimente

Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (guest candidate of Liberal Party)

Senator, August 15, 2011 – Present
Commissioner, National Youth Commission, 1995 – 1998

5. Baldomero Cordero Falcone

Author of books titled “Christian Economics: The Philippines’ Developmental Ideology” and “A Whip of Roses to Rouse a Sleeping Philippine Giant” (still unpublished)
Advocacy: To improve the lives of the poorest of the poor in the Philippines

Democratic Party of the Philippines

Executive Director: Sagip Bansa Filipinas Foundation Inc.
Former professor at SouthWestern University, University of the Visayas and University of Cebu

6. Christian Señeres

Organized the Nationalist Leadership Council, composed of student leaders from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University and San Beda College-Manila
Son of former Ambassador Roy Seneres

Democratic Party of the Philippines

Representative of Buhay party-list, (2003 – 2007)

7. Cynthia Villar

Managing the Villar Foundation from 1992 to present
Married to Senator Manuel Villar Jr.

Nacionalista Party (guest candidate of Liberal Party)

Representative of Las Piñas City’s lone district from June 30, 2001 – June 30,2010

8. Eddie Villanueva

Winning a land-grabbing case, he founded the Jesus Is Lord Movement
Ran but lost in 2004 and 2010 presidential elections under the Bangon Pilipinas Party
Father of former CIBAC party-list representative Joel Villanueva, now chief of TESDA

Bangon Pilipinas Party

Televangelist at ZOE Broadcasting Network
Worked as full-time faculty member of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines until 1972
Founder of Jesus is Lord Movement and Philippine for Jesus Movement

9. Edward Hagedorn

Recognized as one of the more successful progressive local leaders of the Philippines with his passion and dedication towards the protection of the environment
Subject of a biopic titled “Hagedorn” played by the late actor Fernando Poe Jr. in 1995.
He was also instrumental in promoting the Palawan Underground River to be included in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World
Incumbent Mayor of Puerto Princesa City


Incumbent Mayor of Puerto Princesa City
Assemblyman, Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCD) during the time of President Corazon C. Aquino
Member, National Executive Board of the Boy Scout of the Philippines

10. Ernesto “Manong Ernie” Madarang Maceda Jr.

Served as Senate President during his third senatorial term
Ran for senate in the 2004 elections, but lost and subsequently joined the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila as law professor
Aide and adviser of late senator Benigno Aquino, who opposed the Marcos dictatorship
Writes a column for the Philippine Star and hosts a radio show on DZRJ 810

United Nationalist Alliance

Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States, 1998 to 2001
Senator, 1971 to 1972, 1987 to 1992 and 1992-1998
Executive Secretary and Commission on Reorganization chairman, 1969 to 1970
Secretary of Community Development, 1966 to 1969
Councilor of Manila. 1959

11. Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero

Awardee, Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines
In 2007, he was named as Asia News Network’s Asia’s Idols
Recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader of 2008

Independent (guest candidate of UNA and Liberal Party)

Senator, June 30, 2007 – present
Representative of Sorsogon’s first district, June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Minority floor leader, House of Representatives, July 26, 2004 – June 8, 2007

12. Greco Banta Belgica

Son of former Manila councilor Butch Belgica
Advocacy: To promote, establish and protect the autonomy and God-given authority of the Church to receive, manage contributions to pursue and conduct their ministries free from government regulations, intrusions and restrictions.
A decentralized government , with genuine local government autonomy and financial reforms, specially in the barangay level
A simplified, one-kind, one-time, tax system that will free filipinos from the oppressive, excessive, and unjust taxation. Flat tax of not more than 10% of income. Similar to 43 other countries who experienced economic breakthrough because of Flat Tax

Democratic Party of the Philippines-Reporma Pilipinas

President, Yeshua Livestock and Agricultural Farms & Industries; also engaged in property development, trade and commerce
Ordained Minister of the Gospel, Lords Vineyard; and Kings Revival Church, Dubai UAE
President, Yeshua Change Agents; Executive Director, Kontra Droga Program (DDB,YCA)

13.Gregorio “Gringo” Ballesteron Honasan II

As a soldier and officer in the defense ministry after the EDSA revolution, he led various coup attempts against former President Corazon Aquino
Considered as a hero of the EDSA People Power Revolution after covertly attempting to overthrow the dictatorship of former President Ferdinand Marcos which set off the unrest
Son of Colonel Romeo Honasan and teacher Alice Ballesteros

United Nationalist Alliance

Senator, 1995 to 2004 and 2007 to present
Former Chief Security of the Department of National Defense
Aide-de-camp of then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile, 1974

14. John Carlos “JC” Gordon de los Reyes

A businessman by profession, De los Reyes is the owner of brick construction firm Legobrick and managing director of food service company Barbara’s Heritage both in Intramuros
He entered national politics in 2010 and ran for president, but lost
Advocacy: anti-political dynasties, freedom of information, principles-based politics

Ang Kapatiran

Olongapo City Councilor, June 1995 to June 1998
Olongapo City Councilor, June 30, 2007 to June 30, 2010

15. Joseph Victor “JV” Gomez Ejercito

Registered as “JV Ejercito Estrada” for the 2013 polls, adopting the name of his father and brother because it was proven popular in the countryside
Son of former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada and businesswomen Guia Gomez

United Nationalist Alliance

San Juan City Representative, 2010-present
San Juan City Mayor, 2001-2010
Held several positions in the Junior Chamber of the Philippines, Inc./Philippine Jaycees, including National President, 1998

16. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara

A lawyer by profession, Angara was among the recipients of the prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awards for 2010
Topped the list of “prolific and hardworking members of the House of Representatives” for filing the most number of bills of national importance that were enacted into law in the 14th Congress
He was one of the spokespersons of the House of Representatives’ prosecution panel during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona
Son of Senator Edgardo Angara

Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (guest candidate of Liberal Party)

Representative of the lone district of Aurora province, June 30, 2004 – Present

17. Juan Miguel “Migz” Fernandez Zubiri

Resigned as senator in August 2011
Denied accusations of cheating in the 2007 senatorial elections
Author of the Biofuels Act and the new Cooperative Code
Son of Bukidnon Vice Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr.
Brother to Bukidnon 3rd District Rep. Jose Zubiri III
Advocacy: environment, cooperatives

United Nationalist Alliance

Senator and Senate Majority Leader, 2007 to 2011

18. Juan Ponce “Jack” Castañer Ponce Jr.

Original author of the Kasambahay Bill
Former CEO of JAKA Investments Corporation with business interests in food manufacturing and product distributio
An avid shooter, Enrile founded the Philippine Practical Shooting Association, now headed by Sultan Kudarat Gov. Suharto Mangundadatu
Admitted in a documentary that he did not have a close relationship with his dad and that he was beaten up in school for being an Enrile at the height of the people’s hatred for Martial Law
Only son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and former Ambassador to the Vatican Cristina Castañer
Advocacy: agriculture, anti-monopoly, food sovereignty, credit card reform

National People’s Coalition

First District of Cagayan, Representative, 2007 to present
First District of Bukidnon Representative, three terms

19. Lorna Regina “Loren” Legarda

One of the most famous faces in broadcast journalism in the Philippines
Successful in her first attempt to run for senator in 1998
Currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Philippine Air Force Reserve Corps
The Maranao Sultanate League of the Moro people bestowed on her the honorary title of “Bai Alabi” (“Princess”)
Sought the higher position of vice-president in 2004

Nationalist People’s Coaltion (guest candidate of UNA and Liberal Party)

Senator, June 2007 – present
Senator, June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2004

20. Margarita “Tingting” del los Reyes-Cojuangco

Writes a fashion and beauty column for the Philippine Star’s Lifestyle section
She says she has written six books on the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
Wife to Philippine Olympic Committee president and former Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Jr.

United Nationalist Alliance

Governor of Tarlac, 1992 to 1998
Presidential Assistant for Special Projects, 2001

21. Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal

Ran as an independent candidate in the 2010 presidential elections, but lost to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III
Had acted in the movie “Anak Pawis”, which is about the life of Hukbalahap founder Luis Taruc. She played her grandmother’s character, Amanda Teopaco
Granddaugher of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos and pre-Commonwealth Assemblyman Pedro Abad Santos, founder of the Socialist Party of the Philippines

Liberal Party

Senator, June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2010
Presidential Adviser for Children’s Affairs, 1999 – 2001
Undersecretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development, June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1998

22. Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay

She decided to run for senator the same week that she filed for candidacy
She placed 12th in a Pulse Asia’s September survey
Eldest daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Manila mayor Elenita Binay
Sister of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and Makati Rep. Abigail Binay-Campos
Platform: Housing and children’s welfare

United Nationalist Alliance

Assistant to her parents in their political terms, with particular involvement in housing projects under the Vice President’s office

23. Maria Milagros “Mitos” Habana Magsaysay

A stockholder of the Far Eastern University and owns Jamos Boutique
Had commented on the concurrent senate bid of uncle-in-law, former Senator Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay, Jr. “I have not yet confirmed whether he is indeed running or not. What is confirmed is that the LP seems so desperate to beat me that they are trying to convince somebody out of retirement to run specifically against me. It speaks so much about their insecurity.”
Daughter-in-law of former Zambales governor Vicente Magsaysay

United Nationalist Alliance

First District of Zambales Representative, 2004 to present

24. Marwil Nacor Llasos

Has a wide experience in the academe and as legal counsel to various public and private institutions
Though an attorney by profession, he is also a consecrated secular of the Dominican order
Son of former overseas worker Marichu Nacor and Wilson Llasos who testified in the Agrava Commission on the execution of late Sen. Benigno Aquino and was then captured by the military.
Advocacy: anti-political dynasties, freedom of information, principles-based politics

Ang Kapatiran

Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Former Sangguniang Kabataan chairman and ex-officio member of Sangguniang Barangay in Tagas, Daraga, Albay
Legal consultant and staff of Senate committees on Agrarian Reform and Rules on Criminal Procedure of the Supreme Court

25. Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares

Daughter of the late action king Fernando Poe Jr. and veteran actress Susan Roces
Campaign slogan: Walang matigas na tinapay sa mainit na kape

Independent (guest candidate of UNA and Liberal Party)

Chairperson, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board
Member, Kontra Daya, a group against electoral fraud

26. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV

Nephew of the late Sen. Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr.
A social entrepreneur and a former TV host
He is currently the President of MicroVentures, Inc. which runs the multi-awarded social enterprise, The Hapinoy Program.

Liberal Party

Former Chairperson of the National Youth Commission of the Philippines

27. Ramon Magsaysay Jr.

Other political affiliations: Lakas CMD (1995-2005) ; People’s Reform Party (1992)
Led the Senate investigation on the P728-million fertilizer fund scam in 2006
When he filed his certificate of candidacy he announced he is the “true” Magsaysay being the son of former President Ramon Magsaysay Sr.
Elected congressman at the age of 27

Liberal Party

Representative, :Lone district of Zambales, December 30, 1965 – December 30, 1969
Senator, June 30, 1995 – June 30, 2007

28. Ramon Montaño

One of the known Cory Generals, serving under the late president Corazon Aquino, the mother of President Benigno Aquino III
Ran for senator in 2004 under presidential candidate Eddie Gil’s ticket. He quit the party and lost the race


Chief of the defunct Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police
Presidential Adviser on Police Affairs during the presidency of Fidel Ramos

29. Ricardo Lagdameo Penson

Lead Convenor, Krusada Kontra Dynasty
Chairman National Advocacy Council, YES for PEACE
Quezon City Chairman, Liberal Party-Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino Coalition, 1992
Metro Manila Chairman, PPC Reporma-LM Chairman Trustee, People Reform Institute for Social Mobilization Foundation , The National Greening Movement Foundation


President/CEO, Ausphil Tollways Corporation, (2000 – present)
Special Assistant, Political & National Security Affairs, NICA, Office of the President, Malacañang; Lecturer, Intel & Info Gathering, Handling & Disposition of Classified Documents for National Security, (1987-1993)

30. Richard “Dick” Juico Gordon

Currently serves as chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross and a broadcaster for News5
Fought for the retention of the US bases in the Philippines in 1991
As senator, he led the probe on the 2044 P728-million fertilizer fund scam.
Son of former Olongapo Mayor James Gordon and Olongapo City mayor Amelia Gordon

United Nationalist Alliance

Senator, 2004 to 2010
Secretary of Tourism, 2001 to 2004
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chairman and administrator, 1992 to 1998
Olongapo City Mayor, 1980 to 1993

31. Rizalito Yap David

Was able to finish college education through scholarships and was a student activist during Martial Law
A radio commentator for Radio Veritas and an independent policy consultant
This is his second senatorial bid, after losing in the senatorial race in 2010
Advocacy: anti-political dynasties, freedom of information, principles-based politics

Ang Kapatiran

Worked as staff of former senators Francisco Tatad and Robert Jaworski and former Deputy Speaker Rep. Hernando Perez
Former strategic planner at Department of Environment and Natural Resources

32. Samson Alcantara

Raised before the Supreme Court issues of national importance such as:
The duty of Congress to pass a law defining and prohibiting political dynasties
The removal of the Pandacan oil depot
Legality of increases in oil prices made simultaneously by gasoline companies
Separation of Church and State
Validity of the VAT Law
Constitutionality of random drug testing by schools and employers
Legality of the acts of local elective executives, such as governors and mayors, in pursuing their profession as movie stars while in office
Most recently, the legality of infocommercials of senatorial candidates, who are still public officials, before the start of the 2013 campaign period

Social Justice Society

National President (2001), Social Justice Society (SJS)
Founding Chairman and President (2004), ABAKADA Guro party-list group
President (2010), Philippine Social Justice Foundation, Inc. (PhilJust)
Review Director, National Bar Review Center (NBRC), Manila (1988 to present); President, Lex Reviews & Seminars, Inc., (1994 to present) conducting bar reviews nationwide, and an MCLE (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) provider accredited by the Supreme Court
Charter Member, Rotary Club of Tandang Sora

33. Teodoro “Teddy” Casino

A student at the De La Salle University from elementary to highschool, he let go of a DLSU scholarship and went to take up agriculture in University of the Philippines-Los Baños
National President of the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines
Joined activist group Kilusang Mayo Uno
Went to UP Law, but left three days after to focus on his work at the Kilusang Mayo Uno

Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan

Member of the House of Representatives, Bayan Muna Party-list (Incumbent), assumed office on June 30, 2004

Sorry for my ignorance but most of the well-known or ‘matunog na pangalan’ in my own list is an effect majority by Media especially TV programs and advertising by artist and jingles.

Here’s a test, what’s the first word that will appear in your mind when you hear their names….



Alan Peter Cayetano

Cayetano vs Enrile

Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel


Antonio Trillanes IV


Aquilino Martin “Koko” Pimentel III


Baldomero Cordero Falcone
Christian Señeres
Cynthia Villar


Eddie Villanueva

Jesus is Lord Church

Edward Hagedorn

Puerto Princesa

Ernesto “Manong Ernie” Madarang Maceda Jr.
Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero


Greco Banta Belgica
Gregorio “Gringo” Ballesteros Honasan II


John Carlos “JC” Gordon de los Reyes
Joseph Victor “JV” Gomez Ejercito

Erap’s family

Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara

Angara’s family

Juan Miguel “Migz” Fernandez Zubiri

Zubiri vs Pimentel

Juan Ponce “Jack” Castañer Ponce Jr.

Enrile’s family

Lorna Regina “Loren” Legarda

Legarda ever since…

Margarita “Tingting” del los Reyes-Cojuangco
Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal

Jamby vs mga Artista

Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay

Binay’s family

Maria Milagros “Mitos” Habana Magsaysay

Magsaysay’s family

Marwil Nacor Llasos
Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares

Poe – magalang Poe

Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV

Aquino’s family

Ramon Magsaysay Jr.

Magsaysay’s family

Ramon Montaño
Ricardo Lagdameo Penson
Richard “Dick” Juico Gordon


Rizalito Yap David
Samson Alcantara
Teodoro “Teddy” Casino

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2 thoughts on “Philippines & Elections

  1. Grazie per il vostro articolo, mi sembra molto utile, provero’ senzaltro a sperimentare quanto avete indicato c’e’ solo una cosa di cui vorrei parlare piu’ approfonditamente, ho scritto una mail al vostro indirizzo al riguardo.

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