The senatorial race this upcoming Midterm Election is becoming more and more interesting by the day. Based on Pulse Asia’s last three surveys, we’ve put up a list of top 12 hopefuls vying for a seat in our country’s senate.
Five out of our “Magic 12” are current senators trying to keep their spots in the Philippine Senate: Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Koko Pimentel, Grace Poe, and Cynthia Villar.
Poe tops most commissioned surveys out there including Pulse Asia’s. Outspoken and pegged as someone who has a “pusong mamon,” it’s no doubt she’s a frontrunner for being a daughter of a very well-known and well-liked action star works to her advantage.
She is also known to also top lists of the senators with high productivity. In total, Poe filed 345 bills and resolutions championing women and children, youth, economy and public services, health, education, employment and opportunities, information technology and business.
Villar constantly takes the second spot of the latest surveys. This former Las Piñas representative is also known as Mrs. Hanapbuhay as she strives to provide jobs for Filipinos especially women and pushing the “Livelihood projects out of waste” on national scope.
As chairwoman for committees related to agriculture and environment, she have passed laws in lined in said areas with the Free Irrigation Service Act as one of her most notable.
Angara is the third reelectionist who made it to our Magic 12. The son and namesake of one of the most remarkable senators in our history, rallies for the welfare of Filipinos from youth’s to senior citizens’. He pushed – and continuously doing so – laws in education, health care, OFW welfare, labor and job creation, sports development, and social justice.
The Angara of the current generation is known to have been part of important bills and laws such as the Pension for All Seniors Bill, Free College Law, and Mental Health Law.
Binay stays true to her promise to be the “Nanay de Pamilya” of the senate that represents women, youth, senior citizens, and poor Filipinos in the upper house.
Our fourth reelectionist takes her responsibility as a policymaker seriously despite bashers taunting making a joke of her online for her skin tone; filing 156 bills and 180 resolutions during her tenure in the senate some of which passed into laws including the Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability, Filipino Sign Language Act, and the HIV and AIDS Policy Act.
Lastly, Pimentel, just like his father, also held the title of Senate President – a first in the hundred-year history of the Philippine Senate. However, Koko, as he is most widely known as, first made a name for himself after he topped the 1990 Bar exam with a score of 89.85%.
Before becoming a strong advocate of the adoption of a Federal System of Government in the Philippines, he used to lawyer for the oppressed and powerless.
THE POSSIBLE SENATE RETURNEES
Meanwhile, four familiar names are fighting their way to make a Senate comeback. They are Pia Cayetano, Lito Lapid, Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr., and Mar Roxas.
Cayetano leads this group placing around third to sixth place in Pulse Asia’s polls in 2019 and ending fourth in our tally. This lawyer, athlete, and mother “stands tall as a champion of women’s rights and staunch advocate of health” as per her Senate biography.
From her current stint as the representative of Taguig City’s 2nd district, she is running to be a senator once more this midterm election. Among her growing list of legislative accomplishments, her involvement in the Magna Carta of Women is probably her most proudest achievement.
Lapid, an action star turned politician, also wants to make it back in the upper chamber. He is called the “Bida ng Masa” filing hundreds of measures some of which turned into.
This constant top performing senator is the man behind the Free Legal Assistance Act of 2010. Other laws he authored are Meat Labeling Act of 2011, Comprehensive Unilateral Hearing Loss Research and Development and Rehabilitation Act, Urban Agriculture and Vertical Farming Act, Corporate Social Responsibility Act, Kindergarten Education Act, and the Adopt-A-Wildlife Species Act, among others.
Revilla, another action star turned politician, plans to charm his way to the Senate. This controversial former senator was allegedly involved in the scandalous pork barrel scam. However, before all these issues, Revilla pushed his travel safety advocacies both as chairman of the Senate Committees on Public Works and on Public Services with the Mandatory Helmet Act as one of his remarkable accomplishments.
Roxas, also known as “Mr. Palengke”, barely made it in the Magic 12. He is a stalwart member of the Liberal Party and the sole member his party to scratch the list. With his extensive credential having a sturdy background in economics, Roxas is behind the Individual Tax Exemption for Minimum Wage Earners Bill, Pre-Need Industry Act of 2007, Anti-Smuggling Act of 2007, Lemon Law of 2007, and Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
THE SENATE NEWBIES
To complete the Magic 12, three new but well-known personalities take spots six, eight, and ten: Bong Go, Bato Dela Rosa, and Imee Marcos respectively. All are very controversial candidates causing polarizing opinions from Filipinos.
Go, the top campaign spender, is also one of the least wealthy senatoriables. His “serbisyo ang bisyo” branding strategy paints him as a grounded and reachable figure with his notable “Malasakit Centers” project.
Dela Rosa, former Philippine National Police Chief, is hot in the public’s eyes for his connection to the infamous “War on Drugs” which is criticized by some and considered as cruel and a violation of human rights.
Meanwhile, Marcos, daughter of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is under the fire from many Filipinos for her educational achievements or the lack thereof.
Regardless, these three amass tons of support from Filipinos and most especially from President Rodrigo Duterte which they repay by supporting the current administration’s initiatives in ending crime, pushing federalism, and boosting infrastructure projects in the country.
So, did your bets make it to this list? Do you still have plans of changing your own line-up or are you good to go comes May 13th? Let us know in the comment section.