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The Philippine Government

15th Congress of the Philippines: The Senate

[last updated November 12, 2011]

The Philippine Senate has 24 members, elected at-large, with a term of six years. No Senator could serve for more than two consecutive terms. Half of its composition, or 12 seats, are up for election every three years.

In the 15th Congress, the Senate only has 23 members, due to the election of Benigno Aquino III, in the middle of his term, as the 15th President of the Philippines.

Senators Batch 2013

These are the Senators elected on May 14, 2007.

Senators (2007 - 2013)Re-elected were Sens. Edgardo Angara, Joker Arroyo, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan and Manuel Villar, Jr.

Returning to the halls of the Senate were Loren Legarda, who served from 1998 to 2004; and, Gregorio Honasan, who previously served from 1995 to 2001, and from 2001 to 2004 (to complete the term of Sen. Teofisto Guingona, Jr., who was elected Vice President).

Outgoing Rep. Francis Escudero (Sorsogon, 1st District) is the son of longtime Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero III. Aquilino Pimentel III is the son of outgoing Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III replaced Juan Miguel Zubiri, who resigned on August 3, 2011, in response to allegations of poll fraud during the 2007 Senatorial elections. Zubiri placed 12th, with only a 20,000-vote margin against 13th placer Pimentel. Pimentel assumed office on August 15.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV held office at the Senate only on December 2010, after being granted provisional release from prison. Trillanes was detained in July 2003, after seizing a hotel in Makati City to demand the resignation of then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He committed the same act in November 2007, after walking out of his own trial.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson was absent in Senate sessions from January 2010 to March 2011. He went into hiding days before he was about to be formally charged by the Department of Justice for the murders of PR man Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and driver Emmanuel Corbito in 2000. He returned a month after the Court of Appeals dismissed the cases against him.

The Senators in the graphic above are ordered by their place in the 2007 election results for Senator.
L-R (1st row): Lorna Regina “Loren” Legarda, Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero, Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Manuel “Manny” Villar, Jr., Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan
L-R (2nd row): Edgardo Angara, Joker Arroyo, Alan Peter Cayetano, Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, Antonio Trillanes IV, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel

Senators Batch 2016

These are the Senators elected on May 10, 2010.

Senators (2010 - 2016)All six re-electionist Senators won: Sens. Pia Cayetano, Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Lito Lapid, Bong Revilla, and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Four has previously served in the Senate: Sens. Franklin Drilon and Serge Osmeña III (1995-2007), Vicente Sotto III (1992-2004), and Ralph Recto, (2001-2007). Sotto and Recto lost their Senatorial bids in the 2007 Elections.

There are only two neophyte Senators in this batch: Sens. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Teofisto Guingona III. However, both are sons of former Senators (former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, and former Vice Pres. Teofisto Guingona, Jr., respectively).

The Senators in the graphic above are ordered by their place in the 2010 election results for Senator.
L-R (1st row): Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Jr., Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Franklin Drilon, Juan Ponce Enrile, Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano
L-R (2nd row): Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., Ralph Recto, Vicente Sotto III, Sergio Osmeña III, Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Teofisto Guingona III

By the Numbers

Among the current Senators of the 15th Congress:

BIRTHPLACE

  • Nine hail from or have held a local post in Metro Manila: Arroyo, the two Cayetanos, Estrada, Legarda, Pangilinan, Sotto, Trillanes, and Villar.
  • Five are from Northern Luzon: Marcos (Ilocos Norte), Enrile (Cagayan), Angara (Aurora), Honasan (Baguio City), and Lapid (Pampanga).
  • Four are from Southern Luzon: Lacson and Revilla (Cavite), Recto (Batangas) and Escudero (Sorsogon).
  • The last five hail from Visayas and Mindanao: Defensor and Drilon (Iloilo), Osmeña (Cebu), Pimentel (Cagayan de Oro) and Guingona (Bukidnon).

AGE AND GENDER

  • Only three Senators are women: Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Loren Legarda.
  • 57 is the average age of the 15th Congress Senators. Ten Senators are above that average.
  • Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is the oldest Senator (at age 87), while Antonio Trillanes IV is the youngest (at 40). 35 is the youngest age set for Senators in the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

SENATE BLOCS

  • Only three Senators are members of the minority bloc: Sens. Alan Peter Cayetano (Minority Leader), Joker Arroyo, and Pia Cayetano.
  • The Senate President is Juan Ponce Enrile. The Majority Leader is Vicente Sotto III. The President Pro-Tempore is Jinggoy Estrada.

PARTY AFFILIATION

  • Liberal Party (4): Drilon, Guingona, Pangilinan and Recto.
  • Nacionalista Party (4): the two Cayetanos, Marcos and Villar.
  • Lakas-Kampi-CMD (3): Arroyo, Lapid and Revilla.
  • NPC (2): Legarda and Sotto.
  • PMP (2): Estrada and Enrile.
  • PDP-Laban (2): Osmeña and Pimentel.
  • LDP (1): Angara.
  • PRP (1): Defensor-Santiago.
  • Independents (4): Escudero, Honasan, Lacson and Trillanes.

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