Whom will you vote for Senators in the May 2013 elections?

Please choose at most 12 senatorial candidates for the coming May 2013 elections to reflect your votes as accurately as possible to the best of your knowledge. If you would like to see their profiles before casting your votes, you can browse them below the poll.

Whom will you vote for Senators in the May 2013 elections?
Samson Alcantara (Social Justice Society)
Juan Edgardo Angara (LDP)
Bam Aquino (Liberal)
Greco Belgica (Democratic)
Nancy Binay (UNA)
Teodoro Casiño (Makabayan)
Alan Peter Cayetano (Nacionalista)
Tingting Cojuangco (UNA)
Rizalito David (Ang Kapatiran)
John Carlos de los Reyes (Ang Kapatiran)
JV Ejercito (UNA)
Jack Enrile (NPC)
Francis Escudero (Independent)
Baldohero Falcone (Democratic)
Richard Gordon (UNA)
Edward Hagedorn (Independent)
Gregorio Honasan (UNA)
Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel (Akbayan)
Loren Legarda (NPC)
Marwil Llasos (Ang Kapatiran)
Ernesto Maceda (UNA)
Jamby Madrigal (Liberal)
Mitos Magsaysay (UNA)
Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. (Liberal)
Ramon Montaño (Independent)
Ricardo Penson (Independent)
Aquilino Pimentel III (PDP-Laban)
Grace Poe-Llamanzares (Independent)
Christian Señeres (Democratic)
Antonio Trillanes IV (Nacionalista)
Cynthia Villar (Nacionalista)
Israel Virgines (Bangon Pilipinas)
Juan Miguel Zubiri (UNA)
Eddie Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas)
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Atty. Samson S. Alcantara

Atty. Samson S. Alcantara (Social Justice Society) | Photo by UST Faculty of Civil Law

Samson S. Alcantara is a renowned professor of labor law. He finished law at the Manuel L. Quezon University School of Law in 1957 and placed 3rd in the Bar Examinations of the same year.

He is engaged in active law practice since 1958 and currently a retained counsel of several teacher’s and allied workers unions. He is the National President of Social Justice Society, and the Founding Chairman and President of ABAKADA GURO Party-list, a teachers’ party-list.

Atty. Alcantara has received numerous accolades because of his achievements. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Abrenian Award in 2005 and the Achiever’s Award given by the Manuel L. Quezon University in 2007. In 2009, he was named as an Outstanding Alumnus of the Manuel L. Quezon University School of Law.

Prof. Alcantara started teaching in 1967 handling Political Law and Labor Law subjects. Presently, he is a faculty member of the UST Faculty of Civil Law, MLQ School of Law, PLM College of Law, and a bar reviewer in several law schools. He is the author of Philippine Law and Social Legislation, Reviewer in Labor and Social Legislation, and Statutes.

Source: UST Faculty of Civil Law

Juan Edgardo Angara

Juan Edgardo M. Angara (LDP)

Juan Edgardo M. Angara (born July 15, 1972), a lawyer, is a son of former University of the Philippines President, former Senate President, and incumbent Senator Edgardo J. Angara and Mrs. Gloria M. Angara.

Most widely known as Sonny Angara, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, representing the Lone District of Aurora, re-elected to a second term in 2007, and a third term in 2010. 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.

On October 1, 2012, he announced his candidacy for senator in 2013 Philippine election under the LP-NP-NPC-Akbayan-LDP collation.


  • Deputy minority leader and representative of lone district of Aurora, House of Representatives
  • Associate Attorney, ACCRA Law Office
  • Former campaign staff and researcher, Office of Senator Edgardo Angara
  • Former news reporter, Philippine Star – Business


  • Bachelor of Science in Economics (International Relations) – London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Bachelor of Laws – University of the Philippines College of Law
  • Master of Laws- Harvard Law School, Harvard University

Awards and honors:

  • Recipient of Ten Outstanding Young Men Awards
  • Most prolific and most hardworking member of the House of Representatives for filing the most number of bills of national importance that were enacted into law in the 14th Congress


Bam Aquino

Paolo Benigno “Bam” A. Aquino IV (Liberal) | Photo by

Paolo Benigno “Bam” A. Aquino IV (born May 7, 1977) is a former TV host, former Chairperson of the National Youth Commission of the Philippines, and currently the President of MicroVentures, Inc. which runs the multi-awarded social enterprise, The Hapinoy Program (

He is the son of Paul Aquino, the youngest brother of the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. and Melanie Aguirre.

After graduating valedictorian and summa cum laude with a BSC in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University in 1999, he worked at the ABS-CBN Foundation in their special projects group.


  • Former TV host
  • Former Chairperson, National Youth Commission
  • President, Microventures Inc (a social enterprise that services micro financing organizations and their clients through the Hapinoy Program)
  • President, TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) Awards Foundation
  • Education: BSC in Management Engineering (valedictorian and summa cum laude) – Ateneo De Manila University

Awards and honors:

  • Awarded Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum
  • Finalist, 2010 Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • PLDT SME Bossings and GoNegosyo’s Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs for work in the Hapinoy Program
  • Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM) in the category Social Enterprise and Community Development
  • Won the UN’s Project Inspire Award for the Hapinoy Program
  • Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation for Social Enterprises.


Greco Belgica for Senator 2013

Greco B. Belgica, candidate for senator, 2013 – Reporma Pilipinas-Democratic Party of the Philippines

Greco Belgica is a former Councilor of the Sixth District of the City of Manila from 2004-2007 and Chairman of the Committee on Police, Fire and Public Safety and the Committee on Economic Development. He is currently the President of the Yeshua Change Agents, a Non-Governmental Organization involved in Anti-Drug Campaigns and advocating reconstruction of society to its Biblical calling.

He finished his post graduate studies on International Trade and Commerce from the University of California, Berkeley, USA and his Bachelor’s Degree on Marketing and Management from San Beda College in Manila.

GRECO BELGICA is an advocate of the implementation of a flat tax system in the Philippines. In particular, he plans to initiate a simple, one time, and one kind tax of not more than 10%, only on net income both for the individual and businesses profit if elected Senator of the country. He is an advocate of a truly limited, decentralized government, and free market principles.


  1. Simpleng buwis. Mababa at isang klase lang, tulad ng “FLAT TAX SYSTEM” na di tataas sa 10% ng kinita, upang bumaba ang presyo ng kuryente, tubig, pagkain, gasulina at iba pang gastusin bahay. Mas malaki ang “TAKE HOME PAY” at KITA sa negosyo.Tulad sa 43 bansang nakaranas ng biglang pag-unlad dahil sa mababang FLAT TAX.
  2. Upang sugpuin ang mga “organized criminal activities” gaya ng drug trafficking, jueteng, kidnap for ransom, carnapping, etc., para sa isang ligtas at mapayapang pamayanan, dapat ayusin ang batas RA 9165 Dangerous Drugs Law upang umayon sa tunay nitong na intention at layunin at ayusin din ang “structural defects” ng organisayon at systema ng pulisya.
  3. Kailangan ay isang LIMITADO at TUNAY NA DECENTRALIZED AT LOCALIZED na kapangyarihan ng gubyerno hangang BARANGAY upang gamitin ang kanilang pondo at malayang pagpapalakad ng kanilang nasasakupan na hindi kinkontrol ng National Government.
  4. Isang Pamahalaan na pinoprotektahan at ipinagtatanggol ang kalayaan ng gobyerno ng simbahan, na ipangaral ang kanilang pananampalataya at tumangap ng donasyon na hindi pinakikialaman ng gobyerno sibil.
  5. Ang bawat Pilipino, lalo na KABATAAN at mga BAGONG MAG-ASAWA, ay magkaroon ng puhunan at lupa, bungkalin at pagandahin wag sisirain, na hindi ginigipit at kinokontrol ng pamahalaan, lahat ng Pilipino ay makinabang sa likas-yaman ng Pilipinas na hawak ng pamahalaan, upang ang bawat pamilya mabuo, umunlad, at magkaroon ng sariling kabuhayan dito sa Pilipinas at di na mahirapan sa ibang bayan.
Nancy Binay

Nancy Binay (UNA) | Photo by

Ma. Lourdes Nancy Binay is the eldest daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay and Elenita S. Binay. She is the United Nationalist Alliance’s choice who replaced businessman Joey de Venecia as its 12th senatorial candidate.

Nancy’s entry to the UNA completed its senatorial line-up following the last-minute withdrawal of De Venecia. She placed 11th in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

She served as personal assistant to her parents during their respective terms as Makati mayors. She is now helping her father in housing concerns as Vice President.


  • Deputy Secretary-General, United National Alliance (UNA)
  • Former personal assistant to former Makati mayor Jejomar Binay


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism – University of the Philippines, Diliman


Teodoro Casino

Teodoro Casino (Makabayan) | Photo by

Teodoro A. Casiño (born 15 November 1968) is a Filipino partylist representative, writer and journalist. He is a member of the House of Representatives for Bayan Muna in the 15th Congress of the Philippines.

Teddy Casiño has authored several laws and bills including The Public Attorneys Act of 2007 (R.A. 9406) which strengthened the Public Attorneys Office and expanded its free legal services to poor litigants, The Tax Relief Act of 2009 (R.A. 9504) which exempts minimum wage earners from withholding taxes, and The regulation of oil prices (HB 4355), mobile phone services (HB 5653), tuition fees (HB 1961) and interest rates (HB 4917).

As a writer, Casino was a regular contributor to the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Youngblood column from 1994-1996. In 1995, he became a regular columnist for Business World, one of the most respected business newspapers in the country. He also wrote columns for the tabloids People’s Bagong Taliba and Frontpage, the OFW weekly Pinoy Gazette and the online magazine


  • Filipino partylist member, journalist, and representative
  • Member for the House of Representatives, Bayan Muna


  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of the Philippines (1986-1993)

Honors and awards:

  • Congress Magazine’s Most Outstanding Congressman for 2008
  • UPLB Most Distinguished Alumni for Extension for 2002

Commissioner, EDSA People Power Commission, 2001-2002


Alan Peter Cayetano (Nacionalista) | Photo grabbed from

Alan Peter S. Cayetanois an incumbent senator and minority leader of the Senate of the Philippines.

He was the congressional representative from the district of Taguig-Pateros for 9 years. He had a seven-point program for his Taguig-Pateros constituency in Metro Manila.

He is the son of former Senator Renato Cayetano (deceased) and Sandra Schramm-Cayetano. His siblings are Senator Pia Cayetano-Sebastian (older sister), Councilor Rene Carl Cayetano (elder brother), and TV/movie director, Barangay Chairman Lino Edgardo Cayetano (younger brother).

He is married by Ma. Laarni Lopez, mayor of Taguig City.



  • Ateneo de Manila University, Juris Doctor, 1997; admitted to the Bar, 1998
  • University of the Philippines, Diliman, BA Political Science, 1993
  • De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School, High School, 1988
  • De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School, Elementary, 1984

Work experience:

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

Honors and Awards:

  • Top Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) 2010 awardee (recognized for exemplary work in government and public service)


Tingting Cojuangco

Tingting Cojuangco (UNA) | Photo grabbed from

Margarita “Tingting” Delos Reyes Cojuangco, Ph. D., former Tarlac governor from 1992 to 1998, is the aunt of President Noynoy Aquino and one of the 12 senatoriables of UNA (United Nationalist Alliance) of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

She was the President of the Philippine Public Safety College and Presidential Assistant in 2001.

Tingting Cojuangco, as known to many, is currently a columnist of the broadsheet Philippine Star. She was also a former Chairman of the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) party and member of the Council of Philippine Affairs (COPA).

She was part of the Philippine Tatler’s Who’s Who of the Philippines, 2009.

She is the wife of the President of the Philippine Olympic Committee and former Representative, Jose Cojuangco, Jr. and mother to one of the popular equestrians of the country, Mikaela “Mikee” Cojuangco (who is now married to former Representative Dodot Jaworski. Their other children are: Josephine Cojuangco (married to Francisco Javier Guingona), Dr. Liaa Cojuangco Bautista (married to Emmanuel Bautista), Margarita “Mai-mai” Demetria Cojuangco Zini(married to Andrei Zini), and Regina Patricia “China” Jose Delos Reyes Cojuangco.


Rizalito David

Rizalito David (Ang Kapatiran) | Photo grabbed from

Rizalito Yap David(born 12 January 1962) is a socio-political analyst.

Born in Tondo, Manila, David pursued a degree in Sociology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, in Los Baños, Laguna, on a Manila Scholarship and University Grant On Rotary Club of Raha Sulayman.

He was an instructor and a research assistant at UPLB and UPLB-NEDA from 1984 to 1987. He also taught part-time at Environmental Science Enderun Colleges, Inc., in Pasig City from 2007 to 2008.

David served as Development Management Officer of DENR in 1989; and as Chief of Strategic Planning for the same department in 1990. He was also Chief of the Research and Monitoring Staff for the Liberal Party - PDP-Laban in 1992. From 1993 to 1995, he was Executive Assistant and Committee Secretary under the office of Senator Francisco Tatad, 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, he was Senior Executive Assistant for Kaunlaran Group of Companies from 1998 to 2004, he was Head Executive Assistant and Director for Political Affairs under the office of Senator Robert Jaworski.

He is married with three children, namely Maria Liza Sandina, Manuel Marti, and Maria Constancia Fretelin.


John Carlos de los Reyes

John Carlos de los Reyes (Ang Kapatiran) | Photo grabbed from

John Carlos “JC” Gordon de los Reyes (born February 14, 1970) is the President of Ang Kapatiran Party and a senatorial candidate for the 2013 Philippine midterm election. delos Reyes was councilor in Olongapo City and the presidential candidate of the Ang Kapatiran Party for the 2010 Philippine presidential election.

In late 1993 he taught Philosophy in the Center for Research and Communication, now known as the University of Asia and the Pacific. During that time, he was under the tutelage of Father Joseph de Torre, a Spanish priest of the Holy Cross who wrote extensively on the social teachings of the Church.

In 1995, he was elected as the city councilor of Olongapo City. During his term, he focused on the poor, the youth and cooperatives.

In the 2007 elections, among 27 local and national candidates, he was the lone winner of the Ang Kapatiran Party, placing second among ten slots for the Olongapo City Council. This was achieved despite a decade absent from local politics.

De los Reyes is married to Filipino-Brazilian, Dunia Valenzuela-delos Reyes with whom he has 3 children - Gabrial, Santiago, and Barbara.



  • Bachelor of Laws (2005), Saint Louis University in Baguio City
  • Master in Public Administration (1999), University of the Philippines
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is considered as one of the most orthodox Catholic Universities in the United States
  • High School Diploma, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School
  • Elementary education, Ateneo de Manila


Joseph Victor JV Ejercito

Joseph Victor JV Ejercito (UNA)

Joseph Victor Gomez Ejercito (born on December 26, 1969 in Manila) is a Filipino politician currently serving as congressman for the lone district of San Juan City. He is also the son of former President Joseph Estrada. He is a recipient of the 2007 Ten Outstanding Young Men award for the category government and public service.

JV Ejercito served as mayor of San Juan City for three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2010. Over the course of his term as the congressman for the lone district of San Juan, he has authored or sponsored 161 bills or house measures.

He is married to Hyacinth Lotuaco (39), a flight stewardess and a former beauty contest runner up.


  • Current Congressman, San Juan
  • Former mayor, San Juan city
  • Former National President, Junior Chamber of the Philippines, Inc (JCI)
  • National founder, Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga (MAD)
  • National chairman, Kabataan ng Masang Pilipino (KAMPIL)
  • Chairman, Ang Bayang Makulay Foundation
  • Honorary chairman/adviser, National Youth Commission


  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Political Science – De La Salle University

Awards and honors:

  • The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awardee for Government Service
  • Most Outstanding National President for Asia and the Pacific of the JCI
  • Exemplary Leadership Award by the Metro Area Jaycees
  • Presidential Award for Leadership Excellence (Outstanding NEW)
  • Metro Area Jaycee Leadership Excellence Award
  • Metro East Region Distinguished Service Award
  • Metro East Region Leadership Award


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