75-year-old Ramon Montano first tried his bid in the senatorial race in 2004 under Eddie Gil’s Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa but later quit the party to run independently but lost. Once more he will run independently for senator in the upcoming 2013 senatorial elections.
Montaño is a retired Filipino major general who served as Chief of the Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police during the administration of President Corazon Aquino. Prior to that, he was Chief, Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police in 1986. Ramon Montano also served as presidential adviser on political affairs during the Ramos administration.
Little known outside of law enforcement circles, Ramon Montano ran for the Senate in 2004 general elections and got only 159,735 votes.
According to him, his run for senator may be a long shot but he hopes that people would eventually see there are better bets out there other than traditional politicians.
Platforms/Advocacy of Ramon Montano
If elected as senator, he plans to create laws that would serve as guidelines to improve the police and military service. He also advocates a review of the Local Government Code as well as the removal of the power of local politicians over the police force. He also plans to work for the rights of retired soldiers and policemen and vowed to push for the improvement of the pension system for senior citizens and retired soldiers as well as revamp policies in the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The military veteran said he wants to help incumbent President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to push for first EDSA People Power’s “dreams” that have yet to be realized.
This Cebuano candidate is married to Fe Pareja and is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1958.