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2010 in Focus

2010 in Focus: The Senate

[For the Senators of the 15th Congress, click here.]

For this post, we’ll focus on the Senators of the 14th Congress of the Philippines, and how the 2010 Elections may shake up the composition of the Senate.

(As a reminder, there are 62 candidates for Senator in the 2010 Elections.)

The Senate by the Numbers

Before we start, here are some general observations from the current members of the Senate:

  • Sen. Mar Roxas placed first among the 12 Senators elected in 2004. So did Sen. Loren Legarda in 2007. But in the 2010 Elections, both Roxas and Legarda would be running for Vice President.
  • 15 Senators are members of the majority bloc, led by Juan Miguel Zubiri
    8 are of the minority bloc, led by Jinggoy Estrada
  • 4 of the current 23 Senators, or 17%, are women
    (Cayetano, Defensor-Santiago, Legarda and Madrigal)
  • Among the Senators elected in 2007, 3 were prominent members of the military
    (Lacson, Honasan and Trillanes).
  • 7 Senators have parents and/or relatives as former Senators
    (Aquino, the Cayetanos, Estrada, Madrigal, Revilla and Roxas).
  • Only 2 Senators apiece represent
    Visayas (Roxas is from Capiz, and Santiago from Iloilo) and
    Mindanao (Zubiri is from Bukidnon, and Pimentel from Misamis Oriental).


Legends and notes for the images below:
* Green – would run for President in 2010
* Orange – would run for Vice President
* Yellow – Senators running for re-election
* Senators are ordered by their place during the 2004 and 2007 Elections, respectively.


Senators Batch 2010

Six seats in the Senate are guaranteed to have new owners, as they would not be up for re-election in the 2010 Elections. Two Senators would be gunning for the Presidency and one for the Vice Presidency, one would be seeking a Congressional seat, and one would be looking forward to their retirement from politics.

Senators elected in 2004

* With the whole Liberal Party behind him, Sen. Mar Roxas initially planned to run for President, but with the emergence of Sen. Noynoy Aquino after the death of former President Cory Aquino, Roxas willingly gave way to Sen. Aquino and agreed to be his running-mate. If elected, he would be second-generation Vice President #2, after Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

* Sen. Jamby Madrigal will be among the eight candidates for President. She is a grand-daughter of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos. If elected, Madrigal would be the Philippines’ third woman President, and the first Independent candidate to win the Presidency.

* Sen. Richard Gordon would also be running for President, under the Bagumbayan Volunteers banner, with former MMDA Chair Bayani Fernando as his running-mate. If elected, Gordon would be the second Philippine President from Zambales, after Ramon Magsaysay.

* Six Senators are hoping for re-election in the 2010 polls:
Sens. Ramon Revilla and Lito Lapid [Lakas-KAMPI-CMD],
Sen. Pia Cayetano [Nacionalista Party],
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago [People’s Reform Party], and
Sens. Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada [PMP-UNO]

* Sen. Rodolfo Biazon is running for Congressman of the Lone District of Muntinlupa.

* Senators Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel opted not to run for re-election. Instead, he would retire from Philippine politics altogether. Pimentel has worked for the government since the Marcos Administration

Alfredo Lim was elected as Senator in 2004, but won as Mayor of Manila in 2007.


Senators Batch 2013

Three Senators elected in 2007 dared to run in the 2010 Elections. Even if they lose, they would still retain their Senate seats, for their terms would end in 2013.

However, if either Aquino or Villar wins the Presidency and Legarda the Vice Presidency, two Senate seats would be vacated as a result, a first in Senate history. More importantly, if that happens, it would be the first time in Philippine history that two incumbent Senators would win the two highest posts in the country.

Senators elected in 2007

* Sen. Loren Legarda would try once again to become the 15th Vice President of the Philippines, after failing to do so in 2007. She is from the Nationalist People’s Coalition, but would be Villar’s running-mate in 2010. If elected, she will be the second woman Vice President, after (once again) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

* Sen. Manny Villar, Nacionalista Party’s standard-bearer, attempts to propel himself to the Presidency using the pro-poor platform. He was born in the slums of Tondo, but made a name for himself in Las Piñas, becoming its Mayor and Congressman. He was elected as Senator in 2007. His party, the NP, re-emerged this year to rekindle its political feud with the LP. If elected, he would be the first President from the NP in 24 years, since Ferdinand Marcos.

* Sen. Noynoy Aquino, as stated earlier, had no plans to run for President. But after Cory Aquino’s death, the clamor of the people pushed him to the top of the LP heap, and became its standard-bearer. If elected, he would be the first President from the LP in 49 years, since Diosdado Macapagal; and second-generation President #2, after Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.


Pres. GMA sure is a trendsetter!



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