WITH one more day before elections, many still are not sure about their senatorial candidates as all they get are television advertisements that say very little.
To help the readers, here are some snippets of the candidates, but which no longer carry anything about their campaign promises, since campaign period is now over.
These are just compiled facts about each candidate, their education background, their political experience, (if any), and for those who have already stints in congress and the senate, then what they have done.
The list is based on the official list from the Commission on Elections.
ALCANTARA, Samson S.
Social Justice Society
A lawyer, he is president of Social Justice Society, and founding chairman and president of the Abakada-Guro partylist,
He earned his law degree from the Manuel L. Quezon University School of Law in 1957 and entered the bar in the same year.
He was a law professor of the University of Santo Tomas, MLQU, Pamanasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, University of the East, and New Era University.
Abakada-Guro won one slot with Jonathan A. dela Cruz as representative, but after some party squabble. Dela Cruz resigned and Alcantara took over.
ANGARA, Juan Edgardo M. “Sonny”
LDP, Team PNoy
He is serving his last term as congressman of the lone district of Aurora province where he is the chairperson of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, making him ex-officio member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines.
He finished his undergraduate studies at London School of Economics and Political Science in England. He got his Law degree at the University of the Philippines College of Law in 2000 and passed the Bar in the same year. He continued his post-graduate legal studies and finished his Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA in 2003.
He served as the spokesperson for the prosecution team during the Impeachment Trial of the former Chief Justice Renato Corona. He authored laws that included the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), Kasambahay Act (RA 10361) and Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 (RA 9994), among others.
AQUINO, Paolo Benigno IV Aguirre “Bam”
Liberal, Team PNoy
A summa cum laude graduate of management engineering in Ateneo de Manila University, he also took an Executive Education Program on Leadership and Public Policy, at the Kennedy School of Government in the Harvard University.
Right after graduation, he joined the special projects group of the ABS-CBN Foundation. In 2001 he was appointed as National Youth Commission's commissioner-at-large. He was also host of several youth-oriented shows in Studio 23.
In 2007, Bam Aquino established Micro Ventures Incorporated, a social enterprise that engages in poverty alleviation through business development for the poor. It currently runs the Hapinoy Program.
He is also a Board Member of Rags2Riches, Venture for Fundraising, and the Coca-Cola Foundation.
He is a registered voter of Quezon City.
BELGICA, Greco Antonious Beda Banta
Democratic Party of the Philippines
A pastor of the Lord's Vineyard Church, and current President of the Yeshua Change Agents, non-government organization involved in anti-drug campaigns and advocating reconstruction of society to its Biblical calling, he served as councilor of the sixth district of Manila from 2004-2007 during which he was chair of the Committee on Police, Fire and Public Safety and the Committee on Economic Development.
BINAY-Angeles, Maria Lourdes Nancy Sombillo “Nancy”
She has a degree in Tourism from UP-Diliman and has served as personal assistant to her politician parents.
First to her mother who was then mayor of Makati from 1998-2001, and then her father from 2010, who is the vice president.
CASIÑO, Teodoro “Teddy”
A two-term party-list congressman of Bayan Muna (2004-2010), he is known for being the lone true-blue activist among the candidates.
As congressman, he was one of the principal authors: The Public Attorneys Act of 2007 (R.A. 9406), The Tax Relief Act of 2009 (R.A. 9504), The Rent Control Act of 2009 (R.A. 9653), The Anti-Torture Act of 2009 (R.A. 9745), among 178 bills he authored and 376 he co-authored.
He also filed bills on the removal of VAT on power (HB 2719), oil (HB 1630) and toll fees (HB 5303); the regulation of oil prices (HB 4355), mobile phone services (HB 5653), tuition fees (HB 1961) and interest rates (HB 4917) and authored the The Whistleblowers Protection and Rewards Bill (HB 132), The Freedom of Information Bill (HB 133), the Anti-Dynasty Bill (HB 3413), The House version of the Anti-Epal Bill (HB 2309).
He earned his degree from UP Los Banos.
He is from Makati.
CAYETANO, Alan Peter Schramm
Nacionalista, Team PNoy
Like Chiz Escudero, he earned prominence as a vocal critic of the ruling administration on his last term as congressman for Taguig-Pateros in 2007. He then ran and won as senator on that year.
He holds a BA in political science from UP Diliman and earned his Juris Doctor from Ateneo de Manila University. He was admitted to the Bar in 1998.
He was once councilor of Taguig from 1992-95 and served ten days as vice mayor in 1998, after his victory was confirmed only ten days after the three-year term was to end.
COJUANGCO, Margarita delos Reyes “Tingting”
The former Chairman of the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) party and a member of the Council of Philippine Affairs (COPA), she has a baccalaureate degree from the University of Sto. Tomas, a Masters in National Security Administration (MNSA) from the National Defense College, and holds doctorate degrees in Criminology and Philippine History.
She is the president of the Philippine Public Safety College, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. She was the Undersecretary for Special Concerns of the Department of the interior and Local Government (March 10-September 24, 2004); she was the Governor of Tarlac province from 1992 to 1998, and the President of the Philippine Public Safety College for eight years. She served as a Presidential Assistant to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2004).
He earned his degree in sociology from UP Los Baños where he served as chair of the UPLB Student Council in 1981.
He was instructor and research assistant of the UPLB Program on Environmental Sciences and Management. He also had a two-year stint as part-time research assistant at UPLB-NEDA Philippine Institute for Development Studies on Migration and was an instructor at UPLB's Department of Social Sciences and Graduate School.
He moved to government service in 1989 as development management officer of the Department of Environment and Natural resources and later as chief of strategic planning.
He moved closer to politics as chief of research and monitoring of the Liberal Party-PDP Laban in 1992 and executive assistant of the office of Senator Francisco Tatad from 1993-95.
He became Tatad's Director for Political Affairs from 1995 to 1996. In 1997 to 1998, he functioned as the consultant on Political Affairs and Head of Political Operations for Mindanao under the office of Deputy Speaker Hernando Perez. From 1996 to 1998, David was Senior Executive Assistant for Kaunlaran Group of Companies; and from 1998 to 2004, he was Head Executive Assistant and Director for Political Affairs under the office of Senator Robert Jaworski.
DELOS REYES, John Carlos Gordon “JC”
The president of Ang Kapatiran Party, he ran in the presidential race in 2010 and lost. His political experience before that was as councilor of Olongapo City from 1995-98 and from 2007-2010.
He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, an orthodox Catholic Universities in the US.
He once taught Philosophy at the Center for Research and Communication, which is now the University of Asia and Pacific.
He finished his post-graduate studies in public administration from UP in 1999 and got his law degree from the Saint Louis University in Baguio in 2005.
He is from Olongapo.
EJERCITO, Joseph Victor Gomez “JV”
He is the outgoing congressman for the First District of San Juan City.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from De La Salle University.
He first started his political career as mayor of San Juan City where he served three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2010.
He ran for congress in 2010 and won.
As congressman, he authored and sponsored the HB 4225: Participatory Governance Through CSOs Empowerment Act of 2011; HB 4541: Mercury Exposure Information Act of 2011; HB 4565: Local Housing Boards Act; HB 5870: Cadastral Survey Act of 2012; and HB 6144: Domestic Workers Act of 2012 or Kasambahay Bill, among several others.
PONCE ENRILE, Juan Jr. Castaner “Jack”
NPC, Team UNA
The only son and namesake of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, he was the congressman for the First District of Cagayan from 1998 to 2007, and from 2010 to present. He is married to former Cagayan Province Congresswoman Salvacion “Sally” Santiago.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Christian Heritage College, El Cajon, California and obtained a Presidential Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Malibu California in 1995.
He is the principal author of the Batas Kasambahay, Food for Filipinos First, Credit Access and Protection Reform and the Anti-Monopoly Bill.
ESCUDERO, Francis “Chiz”
Independent, Team PNoy
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and Bachelors of Law at the University of the Philippines College of Law. He earned his Masters in International and Comparative Law at the Georgetown University Law Center in Wasington D. C.
He first joined politics as congressman of the First District of Sorsogon in the 11th Congress.
He then became a senator in 2007, riding on his popularity for being very vocal against the ruling administration.
Some of the laws that he authored and sponsored are: RA 9504 (Tax Exemptions for Minimum Wage Earners and Increased Tax Exemptions); RA 9576 (Increased Maximum Deposit Insurance Coverage to P500, 000); RA 9514 (Revised Fire Code of the Philippines); RA 10158 (Decriminalized Vaagrancy); RA 10353 (Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act) and RA 9745 (Anti-Torture Act).
Democratic Party of the Philippines
A self-claimed business consultant, Falcone has more background in the academe. Originally from Leyte and now a resident of Marikina City, he has a bachelor degree from the Sacred Heart Seminary, a masters in philosophy from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management and is a candidate for PhD in philosophy in UP-Diliman.
Among his major achievements is co-founding the Ford Foundation-funded Master of Arts in Educational Administration at the Philippine Normal University. He was a professor in the SouthWestern University (SWU), University of the Visayas (UV) University of Cebu (UC).
GORDON, Richard “Dick”
A returning senator, should he win, he started as mayor of Olongapo City where he became known as the one who transformed the city of sin into a model city.
He earned more recognition as chair of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority during the term of President Ramos where he made Subic, which was still reeling from the removal of the US Bases, to a highly industrialized town.
He has a degree of Bachelor of Arts, major in History and Government at the Ateneo de Manila University and pursued a degree Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1975. He served as tourism secretary under the Arroyo Administration and first won a seat as senator in 2004. He ran in the Presidential elections as the standard-bearer of Bagumbayan – Volunteers for a New Philippines in 2010 where he lost.
During his first term as senator, he authored RA 9593 or the National Tourism Policy Act of 2009, declaring a national policy for tourism as an engine for Investment and employment, growth and national development. Gordon was also responsible for the passage of the Automated Elections Law or RA 9369.
He is from Olongapo City.
HAGEDORN, Edward Solon
The mayor of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, he is most associated with having turned Puerto Princesa into the model city for eco-tourism.
A self-confessed gangster who was into logging and jueteng, but who, when he became mayor made a complete turnaround and ran after illegal loggers. He’s the poster boy among LGUs for environment protection.
He is from Puerto Princesa.
HONASAN, Gregorio II Ballesteros
Known as Gringo, he grabbed public attention as the poster boy of the 1986 Edsa Revolution, where he was among the young officers who turned their backs on the Marcos dictatorship. He was a colonel then.
He entered politics and became a senator from 1995 to 2004 and again since 2007.
He holds a Bacher of Science degree from the Philippine Military Academy where he graduated Class Baron, the academy's highest leadership award.
He lists his hometown as Marikina but he grew up in Agusan del Sur.
Akbayan Party-list, Team PNoy
She was the Akbayan Party-list representative in the House of Representatives from 2004-2010.
As a congresswoman, she authored the Cheaper Medicines Law, and the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) Law. She also passed the Anti-Prostitution Bill, the Gender Balance Bill, and the Students' Rights and Welfare (STRAW) Bill.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from the Ateneo de Manila University where she graduated cum laude.
She is from Quezon City.
NPC, Team PNoy
Starting as a broadcast journalist, she has been in politics since running and winning as top senator in 1998.
She also tried to seek higher office, as vice president in the 2010 elections, and lost.
During her stint as senator, she authored: Anti-Domestic Violence Act, Anti-Child Labor law, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, Ecological Solid Waste Management Law, Tropical Fabric Law, Expanded Senior Citizens Law, Climate Change Law, Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Act, Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act, and Revised Agri-Agra Law.
She is a graduate of UP and lists Malabon as her hometown.
A lawyer who got his degree from the UP College of Law and holds a master's degree in law from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Llasos first foray into politics was as a youth leader, having been SK Councilor, SK Chairman and ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Barangay of Barangay Tagas in Daraga, Albay.
He also served as Executive Assistant and Legal Consultant in the Department of Agrarian Reform and was a Resource Person in the House of Representatives Committee on Agrarian Reform.
He currently serves the Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS), an NGO that extends services to farmers and migrant workers.
MACEDA, Ernesto M.
Distinguishing himself as a staunch defender of President Joseph Estrada, he is considered as a veteran senator.
He first served as Senator from 1971-72 then from 1987-98.
He was Senate President from 1996-98.
He was appointed Philippine Ambassador to the US from 1998-2001 by Estrada. He ran again as senator under the Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino of presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr., but lost.
In 2007, he joined the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and became one of the professors of the PLM College of Law. Maceda holds the distinction of being the only Filipino to have held 5 Cabinet Positions in his lifetime.
MADRIGAL, Maria Ana Consuelo Madrigal-Valade “Jamby”
Liberal, Team PNoy
She entered government in 1999 as head of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Children’s Affairs under the Estrada administration.
She was elected Senator in 2004. She ran for president in 2010 and lost.
She passed numerous bills that were enacted in the span of her term as senator such as the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2008; Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape (Mbscpl) Act of 2008; Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2009; National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Act of 2009; Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2007; Anti-Racial and Religious Discrimination Act; Magna Carta for Disabled Persons; Apo Reef Act of 2007; Exchange of Information on Tax Matters Act of 2009; Administrative Titling (Public Land); Crime of Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance; Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) Act of 2008; Magna Carta for Women; Protected Area Bills; Log ban bills in Selected Areas; Declaration of Child Abandonment Adoption Law; and Marine Pollution Bill.
MAGSAYSAY, Ma. Milagros “Mitos” Habana
The outgoing Rep of the First District of Zambales where she served three terms, Mitos has a Business Administration degree from UP.
She served as a Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, and her accomplishments in her nine years in Congress includes: “An Act Fixing the Specific Limits of Forest Lands and Alienable and Disposable Lands Within the Province Of Zambales,” “An Act Establishing a National Science and Technology Center in Olongapo City, Zambales and Appropriating Funds Thereof,” “An Act Providing that the Schedule of Fair Market Values of Real Property shall be Prepared by the Local Assessment Council Amending for the Purpose of the Local Government Code Of 1991,” “An Act Amending Republic Act No. 4136, Article III, Section 14.-Issuance of Certificate Of Registration.- A Properly Numbered Certificate of Registration shall be Issued for Each Separate Motor Vehicle after Due Inspection and Payment of Corresponding Registration Fees, as Amended,” and “An Act Creating a National Student Loan Board to Implement a National Student Loan Program for the Poor, Defining its Implementing Guidelines, Rules and Regulations and Appropriating Funds Thereof.”
She lists herself as from Olongapo but is originally from Davao City.
MAGSAYSAY, Ramon Jr.
Liberal, Team PNoy
Son of former President Ramon Magsaysay, he has a mechanical engineering degree from then De La Salle College in Manila and post graduate studies at the Harvard School of Business Administration and the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.
He was in the private sector except for his being the Congressman of the Lone District of Zambales in 1965-69 when he was still in his late 20s. He returned to the private sector soon after and became known as the Father of Cable Television in the country.
He ran in the 1992 vice presidential race but lost to the more popular Joseph Estrada.
He won as senator under President Fidel V. Ramos’ Lakas-Laban Coalition in 1995 and won another six-year-term in 2001-2007.
He is a returning candidate having ran in the 2004 elections under Eddie Gil’s Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa.
A retired major general of the now defunct Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police, he served as presidential adviser on political affairs during the time of Fidel V. Ramos.
A business executive and self-styled social activist, he is president and chief executive officer of Ausphil Tollways Corporation based in Metro Manila.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from San Beda College and a marketing management degree from the University of Cincinatti aside from a master in management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
He is presently single but was previously married to four women, among whom was actress Dina Bonnevie.
He hails from Pasig City.
PIMENTEL, Aquilino Martin III “Koko” dela Llana
PDP-Laban, Team PNoy
The son of long-time Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr., he became senator only on August 11, 2011 after it was ruled that he lost to Miguel Zubiri because of electoral fraud.
He has a Bachelor of Science dress in Mathematics from the Ateneo de Davao University and a Bachelor of Laws from UP-Diliman. He was number 1 in the 1990 Philippine Bar Exams.
In his short stint as senator, he was chairman of the Senate Committees on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation, and Games and Amusement, and Select Oversight Committee on Suffrage. He co-authored the Foster Care Act of 2010.
He was Mindanao commissioner of the National Youth Commission from 1995-98 and has been a professorial lecturer since 2006 of MBA-JD Consortium, De La Salle Professional Schools and Far Eastern University Institute of Law. He was conferred doctor of humanities honoris causa by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in May last year.
He is from Cagayan de Oro City.
POE Llamanzares, Mary Grace Sonora
Independent, Team Una
She first gained the limelight as she campaigned against electoral fraud soon after her father, Fernando Poe Jr, lost in the 2004 presidential elections against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. She became a regular figure in the news as chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board from 2010 to 2012.
As MTRCB chair, she introduced a new classification system for movies and television to protect young ones from inappropriate content, she also worked for additional institutional support to independent film makers, and institutional engagement with other government agencies, media organizations and other interest groups in order to protect the interests of children.
She spent a considerable period of her adult life in the United States where she graduated from Boston College. She returned in 2004 when her father died. And to those who have always been curious, she’s adopted.
SENERES, Hans Christian
Democratic Party of the Philippines
Graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Management from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, he finished his Juris Doctor, major in US Constitutional Law at the Northwestern School of Law.
He was elected in Congress in 2003 as representative of Buhay Hayaang Yumabong Party-List (Buhay).
In Congress, he held a number of positions including: Vice Chairman of Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chairman of Subcommittee on Economic Diplomacy, Technical Working Group on the Archipelagic Baselines Law, and member of various committees such as the Committees on Banks and Financial Intermediaries; Civil, Political and Human Rights; Constitutional Amendments; Cooperatives Development; Dangerous Drugs; Foreign Affairs; Government Reorganization; Justice; Labor; Legislative Franchises; Public Order and Security; Social Services; Transportation and Communication (Twelfth Congress); Health; Tourism; Constitutional Amendments; Banks & Financial Intermediaries, Economic Affairs; Railways & Roll-On/Roll-Off Systems; and the Special Committee on Overseas Workers’ Affairs.
TRILLANES, Antonio “Sonny” IV Fuentes
Nacionalista, Team PNoy
A former navy lieutenant senior grade, Trillanes grabbed the public’s fancy when he led the Oakwood Mutiny during the Arroyo Administration. Soon after, he was elected senator in 2007.
Trillanes hails from Caloocan City.
He was in third year of BS Communications Engineering in De La Salle University when he entered the Philippine Military Academy. He graduated cum laude in 1995 and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration major in Public Policy and Program Management.
As senator, he sponsored the Conferment of Civil Service Eligibility, Geology Profession Act of 2011, Release of Retirement Pay within 30 Days after Retirement, and co-authored Clerical or Typographical Error and Change of First Name and Nickname, Data Privacy Act of 2011, Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2009, Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, Philippine Respiratory Therapy Act of 2009, Philippine Psychology Act of 2009, Philippine Coast Guard Law of 2009, Military Service Board, Philippine Disaster Risk Management Act of 2009, Education Requirements for Promotion in the Philippine National Police, National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, Real Estate Service Act of the Philippines, Archipelagic Baselines Law of the Philippines, Tourism Act of 2008, University of the Philippines Charter of 2007, and Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008.
VILLANUEVA, Eduardo “Eddie” C.
Referred to as Bro. Eddie being the spiritual leader of Jesus is Lord Church, Villanueva who is from Bocaue, Bulacan ran and lost in the 2004 and 2010 presidential elections and now tries the senatorial race as standard bearer of the Bangon Pilipinas Party.
He is owner and chairman of the ZOE Broadcasting Network, a commercial television station currently operated by GMA Network through QTV now the GMA News TV. He is also owner and president of Jesus Is Lord Colleges Foundation Inc. (JILCF), a Christian school in Bocaue, Bulacan.
VILLAR, Cynthia Aguilar
Nationalista Party (Team PNoy)
From Las Pinas City, she is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University in 1972. She was given the UP Distinguished Alumna award in 2004.
Is the outgoing Representative of Las Pinas.
As a congresswoman since 2001, she has authored and co-sponsored: Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004, An Act Allowing Illegitimate Children o Use the Surname of their Father, Amending of the Purpose Article 176 of the Family Code of the Philippines, Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003, and The Magna Carta for Women.
ZUBIRI, Juan Miguel “Migz” Fuentes
From Maramag, Bukidnon, he is a graduate of BS Agri-Business from the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, and has a Master’s Degree in Environment and Natural Resources Management from UP Open University.
In his three terms as Representative for the Third District of Bukidnon, he authored the Biofuels Act, The Magna Carta for Private School Teachers, Act Providing for a Magna Carta of Students, Act Instituting the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Repealing Republic Act No. 6425, as Amended, Rent Control Law, AFP Rate Base Pay Increase, Wildlife Conservation Act, Renewable Energy Act, and Cooperative Code of the Philippines.
As senator for four years, he passed the Renewable Energy Act, Organic Agriculture Act, and Disaster Risk Management Act.
His stint as senator was cut short in 2011 after his resignation over electoral fraud in the 2007 elections where he ran under the Arroyo Administration ticket.