7 Bongbong Marcos

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Bongbong Marcos 7

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Sept. 13, 1957

Virgo

64 years old

Partido Federal ng Pilipinas

Professional Experience

  • Senate of the Philippines

    2010–2016 Senator

  • Second District, Ilocos Norte

    2007–2010; 1992–1995 Congressman

  • Province of Ilocos Norte

    1998–2007; 1983–1986 Governor

  • Province of Ilocos Norte

    1981–1983 Vice Governor

Significant Works/Projects

  • Senate of the Philippines

    2010–2016 Senator

    Authored and co-authored laws and amendments, including:

    • Republic Act No. 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2011)
    • Republic Act No. 10586 (Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2012)
    • Republic Act No. 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act)
    • Republic Act No. 10606 (National Health Insurance Act)
    • Republic Act No. 10821 (Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act)
    • Republic Act No. 108841 (Balanced Housing Development Program Amendments)

  • Unity

    • Alliance of UniTeam to promote unity amidst political noise and divide
    • Bringing back unifying leadership in the country as the first step that will help the Philipines recover from crisis
    • Forging partnerships as one organization without political rivalries and differences
  • Pandemic Response

    • Overhaul the country's healthcare system post-pandemic
    • "Jab-to-job" or get people vaccinated and have them return back to their jobs
    • Promote regional health units (RHU) in clustered barangays
  • Economy

    • Prioritize and assist MSMEs, encourage ease of business for small businesses through lower taxes, tax holidays, and amnesties
    • Create more jobs in business, agriculture, tourism, and infrastructure Reduce numbers of OFWs by creating more jobs in the country
    • Have dialogues with corporations to discourage contractualization
    • Open to making the Security of Tenure bill a priority; streamline processes for workers locally and abroad
    • Retraining of OFWs who are finished with their contracts but want to renew, but says the ideal is to bring all Filipinos back home if they want to and if jobs are available
  • Security

    • Allocate more financial aid to minimize cases of insurgency
    • Continue supporting National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC)
    • Continue Duterte administration's "war on drugs" but with emphasis on health, prevention, and rehabilitation
    • Discourage International Criminal Court (ICC) from interfering with war on drugs investigation
  • Infrastructure

    • Continue Build, Build, Build program with added focus on digital infrastructure
    • Intensify urban planning to help with economy and disaster management; improvement of the country’s spillway systems to prevent flooding during typhoon season
    • Modernize the Philippines’ infrastructure, such as seaports, airports, and railways, to make the country as Asia’s next logistics hub
  • Education

    • Develop National Education Portal, an accessible communication platform to simplify e-learning for public and private institutions for students and teachers

Agriculture

  • Decreasing import, increasing export

    For

    “I understand that during the crisis, during the pandemic, our government decided to use importations to maintain the price of rice. Okay, that’s been effective [but] the problem with importation and the rice tarrification law is that it ravages the local agriculture,” Marcos said.
     

  • Increased budget for local livelihood, farmers, fishermen, etc

    For

    “What is needed is to reprioritize agriculture to its proper place. In fact, maybe the only one that will be ahead of agri is education, but we should be talking about agriculture.” Marcos said. Although he admitted that in a nationwide context every sector is important. He expressed that agriculture must be prioritized as it involves the food security of the country.

Infrastructure

  • Road improvements/expansion (skyways, etc.)

    For

    Rather than focusing on the expansion of roads and highways, Marcos' camp proposed alternatives. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the need to develop active transport as a practical and healthy alternative to existing modes. By including the provision of bike lanes in the planning and design of our roads, we ensure that our people have options to move around,” the Uniteam tandem said in a statement. 

  • Improved public transport (PUVs, Jeeps, etc)

    For

    In terms of policies to improve public transport, Rodriguez, who is also Marcos’s chief of staff and PFP campaign manager, assured that while a continuing study is needed to resolve the very complicated problems in the transport sector, the Marcos would come up with a clear and fair policy after extensive consultation with different stakeholders.

  • Accountability of telcos for slow internet speeds

    For

    Marcos as called out the government’s failure to improve internet connectivity in the country. “As long as the internet signal is not good here, we will not be able to do remote learning via the internet. The internet signal must reach all our students no matter where they are in the country so that no one will be left behind,” Marcos said.

Environment

  • Advanced mining

    For

    Marcos says that Philippines should maximize natural resources, but emphasizes that operations must be done responsibly and without negatively impacting nearby communities,

  • Satisfaction with Climate Change Efforts (Is the PH doing enough)

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Family and Women's Rights

  • Divorce

    For

    Marcos says he is in favor of the idea of divorce, but says that it should not be "an easy option." 

  • LGBTQ rights (same-sex union, SOGIE)

    For

    Marcos says he vows to help fight discrimination against LGBTQ community. He has also expressed support for same-sex unions but not same-sex marriage.

  • Legalization of Abortion

    For

    Marcos expressed that abortion is justified for "very severe cases" like rape. He also maintains that women should have the right to make the decision

Labor/Worker's Rights

  • Increase of minimum wage

    For

    Marcos is open to wage increases to aid in economic recovery after the pandemic.

  • Increased budget and support for OFWs

    For

    "When our OFWs have problems, they go to the Embassy. "The Embassy doesn't have the budget to hire a lawyer, bring home the deceased. Now the Department of OFWs will institutionalize that" Marcos said in support of the Department of Migrant Workers.

Global Politics

  • Ukraine's Freedom from Russia (Russia-Ukraine)

    Undecided

    Marcos relays that the Philippines has "no need to make a stand." He amends this statement later on and calls for "peaceful resolution" after drawing criticism.

  • Philippine-China Relations

    For

    Marcos said he will move to maintain a strong relationship with Beijing while not completely abandoning ties with the West.

Previous Administration

  • Drug war

    For

    Marcos expressed that he would rather focus on prevention and education on drugs. However, he does not support the ICC probe on the current drug war. 

  • Current COVID and Disaster Response (lockdown, government measures, etc)

    Against

    Marcos stated that he found other aspirants’ pandemic programs lacking, which prompted him to run in the elections. He also said that should he get elected, he will promote regional health units or RHUs, where clustered barangays would have clinics. He also wants to focus more on the economy and its recovery.

     

  • Political Dynasties

    For

    Marcos says that there is a “very good system” in place to mitigate political dynasties in the country. He states, “You cannot stop people from wanting to serve. “You cannot stop people from wanting to serve. Imee wants to serve. I want to serve. Sandro, my son, wants to serve. What would I tell them? ‘No, don’t help'?

  • Inquirer | Aug. 22, 2014

    COA tells Bongbong Marcos: Return P10M pork

    The Commission on Audit (COA) has disapproved for being “illegal and irregular” the P10 million channeled by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to a livelihood project in Nakar town, Quezon province, through a foundation headed by pork barrel scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy.

  • PhilStar | April 06, 2016

    P205-M plunder case filed vs Bongbong

    Filing a P205-million plunder complaint yesterday, a group calling itself the iBalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan (iBBM) is asking the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

  • Rappler | Jan. 24, 2022

    Pork barrel ghost haunts candidate Marcos

    Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was a senator when the huge pork barrel scandal erupted in 2013. An estimated P10 billion of public funds were siphoned off to lawmakers' pockets and to the ringmaster, Janet Lim-Napoles.

  • NBC News | Nov. 09, 2018

    Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, sentenced to prison

    A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest Friday in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that she plans to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress.

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7 Bongbong Marcos

Track Record

  • Senate of the Philippines

    2010–2016

    Senator

  • Second District, Ilocos Norte

    2007–2010; 1992–1995

    Congressman

  • Province of Ilocos Norte

    1998–2007; 1983–1986

    Governor

  • Province of Ilocos Norte

    1981–1983

    Vice Governor

Platform Key Points

  • Unity

    • Alliance of UniTeam to promote unity amidst political noise and divide
    • Bringing back unifying leadership in the country as the first step that will help the Philipines recover from crisis
    • Forging partnerships as one organization without political rivalries and differences
  • Pandemic Response

    • Overhaul the country's healthcare system post-pandemic
    • "Jab-to-job" or get people vaccinated and have them return back to their jobs
    • Promote regional health units (RHU) in clustered barangays
  • Economy

    • Prioritize and assist MSMEs, encourage ease of business for small businesses through lower taxes, tax holidays, and amnesties
    • Create more jobs in business, agriculture, tourism, and infrastructure Reduce numbers of OFWs by creating more jobs in the country
    • Have dialogues with corporations to discourage contractualization
    • Open to making the Security of Tenure bill a priority; streamline processes for workers locally and abroad
    • Retraining of OFWs who are finished with their contracts but want to renew, but says the ideal is to bring all Filipinos back home if they want to and if jobs are available
  • Security

    • Allocate more financial aid to minimize cases of insurgency
    • Continue supporting National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC)
    • Continue Duterte administration's "war on drugs" but with emphasis on health, prevention, and rehabilitation
    • Discourage International Criminal Court (ICC) from interfering with war on drugs investigation
  • Infrastructure

    • Continue Build, Build, Build program with added focus on digital infrastructure
    • Intensify urban planning to help with economy and disaster management; improvement of the country’s spillway systems to prevent flooding during typhoon season
    • Modernize the Philippines’ infrastructure, such as seaports, airports, and railways, to make the country as Asia’s next logistics hub
  • Education

    • Develop National Education Portal, an accessible communication platform to simplify e-learning for public and private institutions for students and teachers

Stances on Issues

Controversies

  • Inquirer | Aug. 22, 2014

    COA tells Bongbong Marcos: Return P10M pork

    The Commission on Audit (COA) has disapproved for being “illegal and irregular” the P10 million channeled by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to a livelihood project in Nakar town, Quezon province, through a foundation headed by pork barrel scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy.

  • PhilStar | April 06, 2016

    P205-M plunder case filed vs Bongbong

    Filing a P205-million plunder complaint yesterday, a group calling itself the iBalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan (iBBM) is asking the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

  • Rappler | Jan. 24, 2022

    Pork barrel ghost haunts candidate Marcos

    Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was a senator when the huge pork barrel scandal erupted in 2013. An estimated P10 billion of public funds were siphoned off to lawmakers' pockets and to the ringmaster, Janet Lim-Napoles.

  • NBC News | Nov. 09, 2018

    Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, sentenced to prison

    A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest Friday in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that she plans to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress.

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Bongbong Marcos

1 Ernie Abella

2 Leody De Guzman

3 Isko Moreno Domagoso

4 Norberto Gonzales

5 Ping Lacson

6 Faisal Mangondato

8 Jose Montemayor

9 Manny Pacman Pacquiao

10 Leni Robredo

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1 Ernie Abella

Track Record

  • Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

    2017–2021

    Undersecretary for Strategic Communications and Research

  • Office of the President (Pres. Rodrigo Duterte)

    2016–2017

    Spokesman

  • Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom)

    Officer-in-Charge

  • Southpoint School

    President, Founder

  • SunStar Davao

    Journalist, Columnist

Platform Key Points

  • Agriculture

    • Focus on food security
    • Build an efffective agricultural ecosystem
    • Provide better funding and marketing system for farmers
  • General Policy Reforms

    • Establish a "listening government"
    • Give children and senior citizens better access to food and healthcare
    • Push for ordinary citizens and small entrepreneurs to actively participate in governance
  • Economic Development

    • Allow more job opportunities for MSMEs, OFWs, and PWDs
    • Use "underspent" budget money for social safety nets
  • Environmental Advocacies

    • Reduce dependence on coal-based plants and fossil fuels
    • Focus on generating renewable sources of energy
  • Security

    • Fight against crime and drugs
    • Establish defense against terrorism

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2 Leody De Guzman

Track Record

  • Partido Manggagawa Partylist

    Present

    Founding Member

  • Asia Regional Organization of Bank, Insurance and Finance Union (AROBIFU)

    Present

    Vice President

  • International Council of the International Center for Labor Solidarity (ICLS)

    Present

    Philippine Representative

  • Bulig Visayas

    Present

    Board of Trustees Member

  • Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights)

    Present

    Board of Trustees Member

  • Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)

    2018–Present

    National Chairman

  • Labor Win Alliance

    2019

    Member; Candidate

  • Partido Lakas ng Masa

    2019

    Senatorial Candidate

  • Sanlakas Partylist

    2016

    1st Nominee

  • Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)

    2005–2018

    President

  • Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)

    1996–2005

    General Secretary

  • Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)

    1993–1996

    Deputy Secretary General

  • Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)

    1991–1993

    Regional Executive Council Member

  • Alyansa ng Mga Manggagawa sa Pasig (ALMAPAS)

    1984–1990

    Labor Organizer

Platform Key Points

  • Labor and Economic Reform

    • Increase the national minimum wage to P750
    • End contractualization; improve workers' conditions through employment programs
    • Give government-funded financial aid and benefits to displaced workers
    • Implement state-funded programs to help graduates seek full employment
    • Build better schools, parks, hospitals, libraries, and other public spaces to pivot from privatized public services
    • Impose a 20% wealth tax on the country's richest 500 families
  • Security

    • Immediate repeal of Anti-Terrorism Act
    • Continue peace talks with communist rebels; address their needs as necessary
    • Shift away focus from militarization to economy and workers' security
  • Agriculture

    • Focus on local food production to decrease dependence on imports
    • Repeal Rice Tarrification Law
    • Provide support and funding for research and development in the food industries
  • Environmental Advocacies

    • Seek ecologically sustainable production technology; eliminate coal-fired plants
    • Collaborate with the private sector to switch to renewable energy sources
    • Repeal the Mining Act
    • Halt infrastructure projects that pose a threat to the environment
  • Education

    • Make education free and accessible to all, including women, members of the LGBT community, and PWDs
    • Lay out Universal Students’ Magna Carta to protect students' rights
    • Revise curriculums to include sexual education, climate science, and labor rights

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3 Isko Moreno Domagoso

Track Record

  • Office of the Mayor of Manila

    2019–Present

    Mayor

  • Department of Social Welfare and Welfare and Development (DSWD)

    2018

    Undersecretary

  • North Luzon Railways Corporation (NorthRail)

    2017

    Chairman of the Board; Chief Executive Officer

  • Office of the Mayor of Manila

    2007–2016

    Vice Mayor

  • The Manila City Council

    1998

    Councilor

Platform Key Points

  • Housing

    • 1.3% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to be allotted to housing every year
    • Provide 1 million housing units for 4.5 million Filipinos within six years
    • Build natural-hazard-resilient and climate-resilient vertical housing within cities to improve accessibility to amenities, decongest traffic, and reduce travel time
    • Prioritize the National Land Use Act to impose well-planned zoning which will assure safety and accessibility to essential and basic needs and develop green, inclusive, and self-sufficient livable cities
  • Education

    • Invest in early childhood education and development Increase the education budget to GDP ratio to 4.3%
    • Improve student to teacher ratio and make quality basic education accessible
    • Revise curricula across all academic levels and tech-voc programs, bring focus to STEM, and adapt a more concise curriculum for history and Social Studies
    • Train workforce for jobs of the future
  • Labor and Employment

    • Simplify processes for enterprises to improve competitiveness and create jobs
    • Allow businesses to have a closer collaboration with government agencies
    • Continue providing aid to Filipino families affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic Increase loan pool of P1.5 billion to P30 billion for MSMEs
    • Create more agro-economic zones
  • Health

    • Provide 10,000 scholarships for medical students yearly to target one doctor for every 1,000 Filipinos
    • Increase salaries for nurses and healthcare workers; ensure that they get their SRAs Provide 107,000 hospital beds within the first 1,000 days
    • Appoint financial experts to better manage the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Address mental health issues in the country
    • Implement Pandemic response roadmap: isolate, test, treat, and vaccinate
  • Tourism and the Creative Industry

    • Promote sustainable tourism and event-based tourism
    • Target 2-fold increase in tourism—from 8 million in 2019, to 16 million in 2028
    • Fortify policies that will cushion the pandemic impact on tourism
    • Craft a national creative economy strategy
    • Develop tourism circuits through tourism highways
  • Infrastructure

    • Prioritize equitable growth, strengthen physical, economic, and digital linkages to accelerate infrastructure building
    • Build LuzViMinda trimodal transport systems to improve physical connectivity
    • Connect LuzViMinda Grid and add more power plants for stable and affordable electricity
    • Ensure 100% access to safe water and sanitation by 2026
    • Eliminate water pollution by 2028 for fishable, swimmable urban rivers and bodies of water
    • Provide everyone access to at least 1Mbps of internet
  • Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0

    • Increase government spending on research and development to 2%
    • Prioritize AI, Robotics and Automation, and Additive Manufacturing
    • Support startup community with the goal of producing a “unicorn” venture (a privately-held startup firm with a value of over $1 billion)
    • Provide seed money and building capacity to help enterprises and sectors innovate through industry 4.0 technologies (AI, robotics, genetic engineering, etc.)
    • Successfully implement National AI Roadmap
  • Agriculture

    • Provide risk-free capital for farmers
    • Help farmers adopt technology so that they may level with the average
    • Filipino workers and increase GDP by 20% or P380 billion
    • Connect farmers and markets both physically and digitally
    • Establish the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
  • Good and Smart Governance

    • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the government, as well as apply meritocracy in government appointments
    • Promote “pinoy pride” and a national sense of belongingness
    • Promote citizen participation, ensure that citizens are listened to, make public data accessible and simplify government processes through digitalization and automation, reviewing and updating current laws

Stances on Issues

Controversies

  • The Diplomat | Oct. 22, 2019

    Swept Aside, Where Are the Philippines’ Street Vendors to Go?

    Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno kicked off his first term in June by making big changes to the Philippines’ capital city. Promising a “New Manila” to his constituents, he quickly went to work on cleaning the streets of ambulant vendors to address the city’s congestion problem.

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4 Norberto Gonzales

Track Record

  • Partido Demokra­tiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas (PDSP)

    1973–Present

    Founder, Chairman

  • Secretary of National Defense

    2009–2010

    Chief

  • National Security Council

    2005–2010

    National Security Adviser

  • National Security Council

    2005–2010

    Director General

  • Secretary of National Defense

    2007

    Chief

  • Office of the President

    2001–2004

    Presidential Adviser for Special Concerns

  • Office of the President

    President as Political Adviser

  • Office of Political Coalition Affairs

    Officer in Charge

  • Malacañang Chief of Staff

    Presidential Chief of Staff

Platform Key Points

  • National and Administrative Reforms

    • Make "structural changes" to the political system through charter change and constitutional reform
    • Review whether to shift to a parliamentary system
    • Assess the need to allow regions to shift to autonomous systems
    • Decongest populated communities and "clean up" cities
  • Education

    • Standardize education without regard for social class
    • Provide more training and scholarships to teachers
  • Economic Development

    • Reform Department of Agriculture (DFA) to increase farmers' wages and improve food production and supply
    • Prioritize modernization of rice production through better resources and tools

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5 Ping Lacson

Track Record

  • Senate of the Philippines

    2016–Present, 2001–2013

    Senator

  • Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR)

    2013–2015

    Member

  • Philippine National Police (PNP)

    1999–2001

    Chief

  • Special Project Alpha

    1996–1997

    Project Officer

  • Task Force Habagat, Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC)

    1992–1995

    Chief

  • Laguna Police Constable

    1992

    Provincial Director

  • Cebu Metrodiscom

    1989–1992

    Commander

  • Isabela Police Constable

    1989–1992

    Provincial Commander

  • PC-INP Anti Carnapping Task Force

    1986–1988

    Commander

  • Metrocom Intelligence Security Group

    1971–1986

    Police

Platform Key Points

  • Anti-Corruption Policies

    • Eliminate pork barrel allocations
    • Forego his rights to Bank Secrecy Act and encourage fellow public officials to do the same
    • Eliminate corruption in public offices by removing and prosecuting corrupt officials
  • Budget Reform

    • Implement zero-based budgeting
    • Distribute the national budget to local government units
    • Eliminate underspending, slash the budget for unnecessary projects, and improve the country's overall budget allocation
    • Give more cash assistance to Filipinos
  • Economy

    • Focus on economic recovery after COVID-19 pandemic
    • Encourage local production, especially for health supplies
    • Give financial support to micro, small, and medium enterprises
    • Temporarily suspend excise taxes on fuel
    • Decrease dependence on imports by focusing on food security
    • Provide more government support to OFWs, including retirement plans
  • Health

    • Implement the Universal Health Care Act of 2019 (RA No. 11223)
    • Give immediate holistic aid to the health sector
    • Strengthen local government units' pandemic response
  • Education

    • Provide free tuition, monthly allowance, and a government internship program to senior high students and above
    • Continue implementing emergency employment and paid internship program
    • Increase budget for educational programs and facilities

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6 Faisal Mangondato

Track Record

  • Katipunan ng Kamalayang Kayumanggi (KTPNAN)

    2014–Present

    Founder and President

Platform Key Points

  • Policy Reforms

    • Shift to federalism
    • Abolish party list systems to avoid abuse and corruption
    • Establish a closer relationship between government and provinces
    • Rehabilitation of Marawi City
  • Economy

    • Produce better programs on food security and agricultural production
    • Create more jobs for Filipinos
  • Agriculture

    • Achieve food security through local production
    • Prioritize annual budgeting for the agricultural sector
    • Reduce dependence on imports

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8 Jose Montemayor

Track Record

  • St. Luke’s Medical Center, National Kidney Institute, and Philippine Heart Center

    Present

    Consultant in Clinical Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology

  • National Kidney and Transplant Institute

    Present

    Consultant in Internal Medicine and Clinical Cardiology

  • San Sebastian College, University of Manila, Philippine Christian University, University of the Philippines-MCLE, and New Era University

    Present

    Professor of Law

  • San Sebastian College, Palawan State University, and San Beda College

    Present

    Professor, Graduate Studies (MBA, LLM, Ph.D.)

  • Philippine Association of Government Corporate Lawyers (PAGCLAW)

    Present

    Vice President

  • Asia-Pacific Society for Interventional Cardiology

    2000–2012

    Board Member

  • Philippine Society of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventions (PSCCI)

    2010–2012

    Past President and Member, Board of Trustees

  • Philippine College of Physicians

    2003–2008

    Ethics Committee

  • Philippine College of Physicians

    Member, Legislation Committee

  • Philippine Medical Association

    Fmr. Ass’t. Secretary General

  • Philippine Association of Government Corporate Lawyers

    Vice-President

  • Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine (PJIM)

    Associate Editor

  • Philippine Heart Association

    Special Consultant- Legislative Committee

  • Bible League of the Philippines

    Past President and Chairman of the Board

  • Translators Association of the Philippines (TAP)

    Chairman of the Board

  • San Sebastian Law Faculty Association

    Member of the Board of Directors

  • Philippine Heart Center

    Legal Counsel and Legal Officer

  • San Beda College

    Professor – Advance Managerial Economics

Platform Key Points

  • COVID-19 Response

    • Use of medical doctors and nurses in checkpoints to provide immediate treament
    • Removal of quarantines, lockdowns, and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) as they only confuse, polarize, and divide Filipinos
    • Aggressive in trace, test, and treat to prevent and manage COVID-19 instead of amping up vaccination program
    • Against other cities' mandatory vaccination policy, noting that an ordinance that prohibits unvaccinated citizen's mobility and travel is abusive
    • Increase the salary of healthcare workers
    • Deploy more healthcare workers in the provinces
    • Patronize alternative medicine Filipino inventions and solutions in all barangay levels
    • Address unemployment and undermployment effects of COVID by creating jobs for more Filipinos
  • Good and Efficient Governance

    • A "Christ-centered, stable, and strong government to honor God and every Filipino"
    • Utilize a creative and lean system planning for government funds
    • Godly digitalization and responsible innovation
    • Create a synergistic and all-inclusive economic planning of barangay development council
  • Crime and Corruption

    • Restructure justice system to remove corruption
    • Address the problem of illegal drugs with "compassion," and without extra judicial killings and tokhang
    • Uphold law and order to ensure public safety
  • West Philippine Sea

    • Holistic approach on West Philippine Sea, strengthening of international diplomatic relations
    • Immediately cut foreign relations with China (but respect sanctity of contract with chinese companies)
    • Claim West Philippine sea through military efforts
    • Strengthen present relations with ASEAN and other countries but China
  • Education

    • Reform curriculum in primary level to adapt to technological advancements
    • Employ more dynamic leaders in education and ensure technological advancement
    • Ensure technologic advancement by providing technical support exclusively for education
    • Increase salaries of teachers who are the primary stakeholders in the education system

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9 Manny Pacman Pacquiao

Track Record

  • Armed Forces of the Philippines

    2017–Present

    Reservist Colonel

  • Senate of the Philippines

    2016–2022

    Senator

  • Armed Forces of the Philippines

    2009–2017

    Reservist Master Sergeant

  • Province of Sarangani, House of Representatives

    2010–2016

    Congressman

Platform Key Points

  • Housing

    • Make free housing programs a priority once elected
    • Replicate own housing projects in General Santos City and Saranggani province across the Philippines
    • Provide free housing for at least 10 million families, distributed to 1.6 milion informal settlers and nine million families renting apartments or are in shared spaces with extended families
    • Provide jobs and livelihood for thousands of workers and businesses through housing projects
  • Education

    • Support the Department of Education's Alternative Learning System (ALS) to provide opportunities for adult learners and out-of-school-youth
    • Establish a one student, one gadget program to address problem exposed by online learning
    • Equip teachers with gadgets to facilitate online teaching
    • Look into providing free internet connectivity for students and teachers
    • Double the salary of public school teachers and improve welfare of teachers in private schools
    • End corruption to allocate funds for resources needed in education
  • Pandemic Response and Health Programs

    • Ramp up COVID-19 vaccination campaign and program to prevent further lockdowns
    • Opposed to restricting mobility of unvaccinated individuals, citing the need to respect those who are unvaccinated for religious reasons
    • Increase minimum wage of health workers to at least P50,000 a month, along with other perks
    • Set up medicial facilities in over 42,000 barangays and build tertiary hospitals in each province and city
    • Modernize barangay health centers and professionalize barangay health workers
    • Provide free medical checkups and hospitalization programs, as well as maintenance medicine subsidies for senior citizens
  • Human Rights

    • Fight illegal drugs "the right way" ("When I said the right way, we will not kill them in the streets. We will allow them to defend themselves in court"). Pacquiao previously defended Duterte's war on drugs.
    • Open to having the Philippines rejoin the International Criminal Court and allowing its investigators into the country.
    • Open to amending or abolishing the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2021 but voted in favor of the anti-terror bill when it was being deliberated at the Senate.
  • Corruption

    • Jail all corrupt government officials, whether big or small
    • Stop massive corruption to properly allocate funds for the health and education sector
  • Jobs Creation and Retention

    • Impose a "Filipino first" policy for securing and generating jobs
    • Tap businessman friends into investing in the Philippines and generating jobs
    • Provide interest-free loans to small and medium enterprises
    • End labor contractualization
    • Standardize salaries between employees in urban areas and those in the province, and provide incentives for businesses that will open in the province

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10 Leni Robredo

Track Record

  • Office of the Vice President

    2016–2022

    Vice President

  • Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs

    2019

    Co-chair

  • Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council

    2016

    Chair

  • Committee of Bicol Recovery and Economic Development

    2013–2016

    Member

  • Committee of Appropriations

    2013–2016

    Member

  • Committee on Revision of Laws

    2013–2016

    Vice Chairman

  • Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability

    2013–2016

    Vice Chairman

  • Third District of Camarines Sur, House of Representatives

    2013–2016

    Congresswoman

  • Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN) - Bicol Chapter

    1999–2012

    Branch Coordinator and Lawyer

  • Naga City Council for Women

    2008–2010

    President

  • Public Attorney's Office

    1997–1999

    Attorney

  • Universidad de Sta. Isabel

    1987–1997

    Economics Professor

  • Bicol River Basin Development Program Office

    1986–1987

    Researcher and Economist

Platform Key Points

  • Government Support for the Unemployed

    • Retraining and skills-matching program to produce more analytical, creative, and knowledgeable Filipinos in any field
    • Reform and improve the education system by increasing the budget, focusing on quality primary and secondary education so that Senior High graduates have enough skills to work; strengthen the STEM curriculum, especially women in STEM programs
    • Provide strategic support to State Universities and Colleges in the province and link them to the private sector
    • Properly implement Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET); ensure curriculum is updated with latest industry trends
    • Strengthen support between the academe and industry through talent pipeline programs for different fields
    • Partner with the private sector to support those who want to switch industries and students who want to experience work
    • Expand paid training programs; create stronger policy against illegal and abusive forms of internship
    • Create a Public Employment Program to employ about 1.8 million Filipinos
    • Establish an unemployment insurance program for Filipinos who will be laid off (without their fault); integrate and strengthen Social Security System (SSS) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) benefits; provide an equivalent of 80% of their previous salary for 3 months
  • End Work Discrimination

    • Implement the Anti-Age Discrimination Act (RA 10911)
    • Pass the Anti-Discrimination Bill (HB 3432)
    • Support programs for older people who want to contribute to the economy
    • Expand roads for women to participate in the economy, especially in STEM; ensure the implementation of women’s policies in the workplace
    • Support daycare centers for new mothers and single mothers who need to work by making the daycare system more professional, giving fair wages to daycare workers, and providing proper nutrition to infants and pre-school kids
  • Support Small Businesses

    • Prioritize purchasing from MSMEs and farmers
    • Adjust government procurement law to open procurement processes to small businesses and social enterprises.
    • Pass the National Food Security bill whee the government will prioritize buying needed items for feeding programs from small farmers and fishermen
    • Connect small businesses to a wider market, similar to current projects under the Angat Buhay program
    • Make government processes more modern and digital, removed the need for businesses to have physical offices, simplify processes of paying of taxes and applying for business permits, and remove red tape to make doing business easier
    • Expand programs that support Filipino creativity such as innovative industries and business incubators; make sure that there are business incubators all over the country, and ensure that their knowledge is shared to small businesses
  • Restore Trust in the Goverment

    • Remove the "palakasan" system, ensure a government that keeps its word, and make the market fair.
    • Remove corruption and syndicates that turned the government into their own businesses.
    • Restore and strengthen the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) under the Department of Trade and Industry to ensure the country’s global competitiveness through a government that listens and oversees talks between the government and private sector.
    • Prioritize, improve, and implement the Ease of Doing Business Act and establish the Anti-Red Tape Authority.
    • Make use of the Citizen’s Charter in order to clarify processes in significant industries that have a public service component (electricity, water, communications, etc.)
    • Examine and align policies to global standards; enforce clear and strategic legislative agendas that are focused on economic activities that need to be loosened, amended, or legislated (ex. Public Service Act).
    • Accelerate digital transition in order to speed up the government processes, as well as make it cheaper, more efficient, transparent, and reduce corruption.
    • Strengthen the Philippine Competition Commission so that it can effectively eliminate monopolies and unfair business practices.
  • Strengthen the Philippine Industry

    • Develop the Marine industry by fixing regulations, promoting and improving Philippines marines, and strengthening shipbuilding in the country
    • Make the Philippines the center of the climate industry and set up green and resilient infrastructures that will provide jobs
    • Strengthen the tech industry in the Philippines by bringing in hi-tech firms and investing in development and research, and salaries for Filipinos
    • Relaunch the Manufacturing Resurgence Program with proper roadmaps to maximize budget and resources

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