Philippine Elections 2016 - The Presidential Candidates
The Philippine Presidential Elections
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The Philippines holds its Presidential Elections every six (6) years to elect the President and Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines. The incumbent President, Benigno Aquino III was elected on Monday, May 10, 2010 and assumed office on June 30, 2010. The coming Presidential Elections will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016.
The Philippine political system is a multi-party system and the traditional parties are the Nacionalista Party and the Liberal Party (the current president's party). Other political parties that may be fielding their presidential candidates include UNA (United Nationalist Alliance), NPC (Nationalist People's Coalition), and LAKAS (Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats).
The following list of Presidentiables is my own best guess based on news reports and current events.
The Presidential Candidates
Mar Roxas (Manuel Araneta Roxas II). A former Senator, former Secretary of Transportation and Communications, and currently Secretary of Interior and Local Government. He is the son of former Senator Gerry Roxas and the grandson of former President Manuel Roxas. He was supposed to run for President in the last 2010 Presidential Elections but eventually settled to run for Vice President to give way to partymate Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's presidential bid. Political Party: Liberal Party of the Philippines. Mar Roxas Official Website: http://www.marroxas.com/
Manny Villar (Manuel Bamba Villar, Jr). A former House Representative representing Las Pinas-Muntinlupa and became Speaker of the House of Representatives. A former Senator and also became a Senate President. Third placer in the last 2010 Presidential Elections. Political Party: Nacionalista Party.
Chiz Escudero (Francis Joseph Guevara Escudero). A former House Representative from Sorsogon and an incumbent Senator of the Philippines. Political Party: Independent
Alan Peter Cayetano. A Filipino politician who is a former Councilor, Vice Mayor, and Congressman of Taguig City. He is an incumbent Senator and currently the Majority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines. He is the current Secretary General of the Nationalista Party.
Bongbong Marcos (Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr). Son of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos. A former Governor of Ilocos and former House Representative. Incumbent Senator of the Philippines. Political Party: Nacionalista Party.
Grace Poe (Mary Grace Sonora Poe Llamanzares). Adopted daughter of famous artists Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces. A former Chairperson of MTRCB (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board), she is an incumbent Senator of the Philippines. Political Party: Independent.
Joseph Estrada. Former Philippine president who was convicted of plunder but subsequently pardoned by the then President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Currently Mayor of the City of Manila. Political Party: PMP
Loren Legarda. A journalist and currently a member of the Senate of the Philippines (Senator). Political Party: NPC
Bong Revilla (Ramon Rervilla, Jr.). A famous filipino movie actor, former Governor of Cavite and an incumbent Senator of the Philippines. Currently in jail for his involvement in the Pork Barrel Scam. Political Party: LAKAS.
Miriam Defensor Santiago. She was a former Commissioner of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration and Deportation ( 1988) and a former Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) (1989-1991). She is an incumbent Philippine Senator. Founder of People's Reform Party.
Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III. Current President of the Philippines. He is barred by the Philippine Constitution from running for a second term. He is included here because of the increasing chatters on a possible Charter Change (ChaCha). Who knows, they might be able to change the Constitution to allow a president to run for a second term just in time before the 2016 presidential elections.
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