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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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Barangay Elections 2010: Still Manual Voting

The COMELEC said manual voting would be used in the 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October 25, 2010.

Each blank ballot costs only P1.80 but if we use pre-printed ballots, the cost is much higher.
– COMELEC Commissioner Jose Melo

However, it is still unknown whether both the Barangay and SK elections would push through, with some Congress members advocating its postponement for at least a year or to May 2013.

President Aquino III is seen to veto a bill that may be passed by Congress regarding this postponement. Besides this, Aquino III is also advocating its synchronization with the 2013 Midterm Elections.

Also, President Aquino III himself is pushing for the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan, opting for the election of only one youth representative in each barangay. Some Congressmen are attempting to block this move, suggesting SK’s reformation instead.

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If ever it pushes through, here is the schedule given by COMELEC:

The barangay election period would last from Sept. 25 to Nov. 10.

Candidates for Barangay Chairman, members of the Barangay Council, and of the Sangguniang Kabataan may file their Certificates of Candidacy from Oct. 1 to 13.

The campaign period runs from Oct. 14 to 23.

All barangay and SK candidates are allowed to spend only P3 per registered voter in the Barangay where he seeks to be elected, as per COMELEC Resolution 8320.

2010 Elections Newsbits (May 25)

The road to the proclamation of a new administration is getting rougher, with all the allegations of “e-fraud” and irregularities in the 2010 Automated Elections, and the canvassing of national votes by both the Upper and Lower Houses.

The National Board of Canvassers (NBC) — composed of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives — is set to convene this week and start the canvassing of votes for the Presidential and Vice Presidential race. By June 4 (according to House Speaker Prospero Nograles) or June 15 (said by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile), the NBC would have proclaimed the 15th President and 15th Vice President of the Philippines.

Today (May 25), 217 Certificates of Canvass and 533 Election Returns are already transferred to the “NBC HQ” at the Batasan Pambansa Complex, with 61 more COC’s expected to arrive.

However, the accuracy and authenticity of the election results are being questioned, with the appearance of a “Koala Boy” — who allegedly took part in an “electronic dagdag-bawas” effort by taking advantage of security flaws in the automated system.

Moreover, numerous losing local candidates came out to the media and stated claims of being offered by certain people “guaranteed victory” in the automated polls by way of the said “electronic dagdag-bawas”, in exchange for a huge amount of money.

Check out these articles:
‘Koala bears’ offered to fix polls for losing bets
More losers cry poll fraud
Ermita tags columnist as ‘Koala’ video source
Puno denies discussing electoral fraud with Ferrer

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The battle for Vice President between Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay and Senator Mar Roxas continues, as Binay still maintains a 800,000-vote lead over Roxas. With this, the Senate foresees the delay in the proclamation of Vice President, and presented a situation where the President and the Vice President would not be proclaimed at the same time.

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Three new Congressmen were sworn in yesterday as the latest members of the outgoing 14th Congress, as a result of recent House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal and Supreme Court decisions on the recount of votes in their respective districts. They are Rep. Angelito Reyes (Taguig, 2nd District), Rep. Celestino Martinez (Cebu, 4th District) and Rep. Dominador Espina of COCOFED party-list.

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At least the top ten winning party-list groups in the 2010 Elections are set to be proclaimed this Friday, May 28.

The road to the proclamation of a new administration is getting rougher, with all the

allegations of “e-fraud” and irregularities in the 2010 Automated Elections, and the

canvassing of national votes by both the Upper and Lower Houses.

The National Board of Canvassers (NBC) — composed of members of the Senate and the House

of Representatives — is set to convene this week and start the canvassing of votes for the

Presidential and Vice Presidential race. By June 4 (according to House Speaker Prospero

Nograles) or June 15 (said by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile), the NBC would have

proclaimed the 15th President and 15th Vice President of the Philippines.
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=578302&publicationSubCategoryId=63
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/191765/enrile-new-president-vp-proclaimed-before-june-15

Today (May 25), 217 Certificates of Canvass and 533 Election Returns are already

transferred to the “NBC HQ” at the Batasan Pambansa Complex, with 61 more COC’s expected to

arrive.
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/05/25/10/217-cocs-553-ers-transferred-batasan

However, the accuracy and authenticity of the election results are being questioned, with

the appearance of a “Koala Boy” — who allegedly took part in an “electronic dagdag-bawas”

effort by taking advantage of security flaws in the automated system. Moreover, numerous

losing local candidates came out to the media and stated claims of being offered by certain

people “guaranteed victory” in the automated polls by way of the said “electronic

dagdag-bawas”, in exchange for a huge amount of money.
* Check out these articles:
– ‘Koala bears’ offered to fix polls for losing bets http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100524-271798/Koala-bears-offered-to-fix-polls-for-losing-bets
– More losers cry poll fraud http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100525-271871/More-losers-cry-poll-fraud
– Ermita tags columnist as ‘Koala’ video source  http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=578306&publicationSubCategoryId=63
– Puno denies discussing electoral fraud with Ferrer http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=578309&publicationSubCategoryId=63

———-

The battle for Vice President between Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay and Senator Mar Roxas

continues, as Binay still maintains a 800,000-vote lead over Roxas. With this, the Senate

foresees the delay in the proclamation of Vice President, and presented a situation where

the President and the Vice President would not be proclaimed at the same time.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100525-271885/Easy-sailing-for

-Aquino-VP-race-too-close-to-call

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Three new Congressmen were sworn in yesterday as the latest members of the outgoing 14th

Congress, as a result of recent House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal and Supreme

Court decisions on the recount of votes in their respective districts. They are Rep.

Angelito Reyes (Taguig, 2nd District [Lingkod Taguig]), Rep. Celestino Martinez (Cebu, )

and Rep. Dominador Espina of COCOFED party-list.
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=578320&publicationSubCategoryId=63

———-

At least the top ten winning party-list groups in the 2010 Elections are set to be

proclaimed this Friday, May 28.
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=578304&publicationSubCategoryId=63

2010 Election Results in Metro Manila: Table of Contents

Metro Manila

City of ManilaCaloocan CityLas Piñas CityMakati CityMalabon CityMandaluyong CityMarikina CityMuntinlupa CityNavotas CityParañaque CityPasay CityPasig CityPaterosQuezon CitySan Juan CityTaguig CityValenzuela City

2010 Election Results: Parañaque City

Figures posted in this entry are based from the COMELEC Election Results website as of May 17, 7:20 PM. Only top contenders are included in the results for Mayor, Vice Mayor and Representatives. The Top 8 Councilors are listed as well.

Parañaque City

Mayor: Florencio Bernabe, Jr.
Eduardo Zialcita
Joey Marquez
87,127 (44%)
70,372 (36%)
39,459 (20%)
Vice Mayor: Gustavo Tambunting
Andres Jose Yllana, Jr.
101,407 (54%)
84,897 (46%)

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2010 Election Results: Pateros

Figures posted in this entry are based from the COMELEC Election Results website as of May 17, 7:20 PM. Only top contenders are included in the results for Mayor, Vice Mayor and Representatives. The Top 6 Councilors are listed as well.

Pateros

Mayor: Jaime Medina
Patrick Umali
18,322 (75%)
6,161 (25%)
Vice Mayor: Jose Jonathan Sanchez
Jorge Nicdao
13,671 (58%)
9,975 (42%)

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2010 Election Results: Taguig City

Figures posted in this entry are based from the COMELEC Election Results website as of May 17, 7:20 PM. Only top contenders are included in the results for Mayor, Vice Mayor and Representatives. The Top 8 Councilors are listed as well.

Taguig City

Mayor: Maria Laarni Cayetano
Dante Tinga
95,865 (51%)
93,445 (49%)
Vice Mayor: George Elias
Ferdinand Santos
Jeffrey Lontoc
110,137 (63%)
51,564 (29%)
12,366 (7%)

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2010 Election Results: Muntinlupa City

Figures posted in this entry are based from the COMELEC Election Results website as of May 17, 7:20 PM. Only top contenders are included in the results for Mayor, Vice Mayor and Representatives. The Top 8 Councilors are listed as well.

Muntinlupa City

Mayor: Aldrin San Pedro
Jaime Fresnedi
108,091 (58%)
76, 808 (41%)
Vice Mayor: Artemio Simundac
Marissa Rongavilla
94,159 (54%)
80,309 (46%)

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2010 Election Results: Las Piñas City

Figures posted in this entry are based from the COMELEC Election Results website as of May 17, 7:20 PM. Only top contenders are included in the results for Mayor, Vice Mayor and Representatives. The Top 6 Councilors are listed as well.

Las Piñas City

Mayor: Vergel Aguilar
Felix Sinajon
174,422 (92%)
8,354 (4%)
Vice Mayor: Luis Bustamante
Benjamin Gonzales
149,931 (84%)
21,614 (12%)

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2010 Election Results: Navotas City

Figures posted in this entry are based from the COMELEC Election Results website as of May 17, 7:20 PM. Only top contenders are included in the results for Mayor, Vice Mayor and Representatives. The Top 6 Councilors are listed as well.

Navotas City

Mayor: John Reynald Tiangco
(unopposed)
76,158 (100%)
Vice Mayor: Patrick Joseph Javier
(unopposed)
73,576 (100%)

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