Born Ernesto Madarang Maceda on March 26, 1935, he is currently 77 years old and former Senate member and President. Ernesto Maceda was formerly married to Marichu Vera-Perez, of which he had 5 sons: Emmanuel, Ernesto Jr., Edwin, Edmond and Edward, as well as having 10 grandchildren.
Ernesto Maceda acquired an Associate in Arts Degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1952, as well as a Bachelor of Laws degree, graduation Cum Laude from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1956. He also finished his Master of Laws, Taxation and International Law at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts, United States in 1957. In 1979 he was also admitted to the New York Bar.
Ernesto Maceda began his political career in 1971 after the singing of the Maceda Law which grant protection to real estate buyers on instalment basis. He was exiled to the United States after breaking with President Marcos over the Marital Law declaration. Following the assassination of Senator Aquino, Ernesto Maceda became one of the opposition leaders during the 1984 Batasan Pambansa Campaign and also the 1986 snap presidential election. He was appointed head of the Ministry of Natural Resources when Corazon Aquino was installed as President. Under Corazon he also ran for senate, becoming Senate President from 1996 to 1998, as well as holding a record for the only Filipino to have held 5 cabinet positions in his lifetime.
Platforms/Advocacy of Ernesto Maceda
The 2013 elections provide various platforms which Ernesto Maceda supports, including job creation for citizens within the country, increase in education facilities and scholarships available as well as assistance to poorer students and support for senior citizens with regards to discounts and costs of living,. Also included are increased funds to local government units and providing clean and safe drinking water for every household in the country.