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84: Final tally of registered senatorial candidates


The low-key entry of four candidates of the administration’s Liberal Party in the Senate race and the last-minute registration of the 12th candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance on Friday brought to a close the week-long prelude to the 2013 midterm elections.

A total of 84 candidates registered for the 2013 senatorial election.

Liberal Party (LP) senatorial candidates Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) headquarters in Intramuros, Manila, without the fanfare that marked the registration of other candidates for the Senate earlier in the week.

Nancy Binay, daughter of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) leader Vice President Jejomar Binay, filed her COC also without singing, dancing or clowning. She took the place of businessman Joey de Venecia, who backed out from the senatorial race on Monday.

Old-timers and dynasts

Most of the candidates are either old-timers or children of longtime political clans, who are carrying on the family tradition and in doing so have attracted widespread criticism of their roles as dynasts.

Magsaysay, who is coming out of retirement to try to serve again in the Senate, said he did not consider his family a political dynasty.

But another Magsaysay, Zambales Rep. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay, is running for a seat in the Senate as an UNA candidate.

Mitos is the daughter-in-law of Magsaysay’s cousin, former Zambales Gov. Vicente Magsaysay.

“My family members are not running for anything; they are taking care of a dairy farm,” Magsaysay, who retired from the Senate in 2007, said. “We are not aggressive in politics.”

Politics is sacred

Magsaysay said politics was “sacred” to his family, and that’s the reason why not so many members are running for elective offices.

He said he had no problem with another Magsaysay running as his opponent, adding that it was President Aquino who persuaded him to come out of retirement and run as an administration candidate.

“So the insinuation that I came back to ensure that the other person (Mitos) [will lose] is baseless because we can both win, we can both lose, or she wins and I lose or she loses and I win,” Magsaysay said.


Public service

The 35-year-old Bam Aquino, a nephew of the President, offered another perspective on references to his family as a political dynasty.

“I’d like to think that instead of looking at us as a political dynasty, we are a family with a history of public service in our country,” Aquino said, adding that Filipino voters must not focus only on the surnames of candidates but also on their track record.

“In our case, we have a history of public service, which, in truth, I’ll be extremely proud to be part of,” he said.

His uncle had warned him that going into politics was difficult, but he said he was volunteering his services to represent the youth, Aquino said.

He went to Comelec headquarters to file his COC with Hontiveros, who nearly won the 12th Senate seat in the 2010 elections.

Cayetano, who also comes from a family of politicians, advised voters to scrutinize candidates based on their vision and track record.

“Don’t look at the trees, look at the forest… look at the individual. Does he have a vision or is he shortsighted? Is he a thief or is he for good governance?” Cayetano said.

Binay’s daughter

For her part, Binay said the members of her family are in government because they have been elected by the people. “At the end of the day, we are elected by the people. We don’t appoint ourselves. We are subjecting ourselves to the electoral process,” she said.

Binay said she would rely on her family’s good name in campaigning for a seat in the Senate.

Binay has four children and worked for a foundation dedicated to children, an experience that, she said, now inspires her to introduce legislation for further protection of the rights and welfare of children. With a report from Jerome Aning



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Tags: 2013 midterm elections , 2013 Senatorial Election , Alan Peter Cayetano , Bam Aquino , Liberal Party , Nancy Binay , Paolo Benigno Aquino III , political dynasty , United Nationalist Alliance

  • Platypus09

    There is absolutely something wrong with this current system.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    I agree with Cayetano. Look at the forest, which means look at our country. And what do we see? Based on that, should we still vote for them?

    Again, sa mga beteranong kandidato at sa mga anak nyo.
    Justifiable ba ang length ng stay nyo sa politika sa  mga nagawa nyo para sa bayan?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LWAIMCK4DSUFZAKIAU4HJI6APQ Gil del Rosario

      Certainly not. Millions ang Filipinos. By fair morality and magnanimity, plus delicadeza, dapat lang siguro na isang Cayetano lang sa Senate ay higit na sapat na.

      Pati na po sa mga Estrada, Aquino, Angara, Pimentel, etc. tama na ang isa sa pamilya nila. What happened to the Anti-Dynasty Bill and those who killed it? Our present politicians were never tried nor convicted for that biggest crime.

      • ewwfq9281

        Ewan ko ba kung bakit pinili ni Mar Roxas si Jamby Madrigal. Sino pa ang
        boboto sa kanya eh hindi naman siya kilala ng tao. Kaya lang nanalo yan dahil
        kay Juday.

  • Chloroform

    Let us hope somebody is running to make sure that the bills coming out of the senate is fair, just and reasonable… personally, I won’t vote for anybody who really did not want to run for public office and has to be convinced by someone else…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LWAIMCK4DSUFZAKIAU4HJI6APQ Gil del Rosario

    Greed for power. Our once good Congressman, Governor, Senator, Mayor, etc. have ceased to be our leaders when their family kins take over their places as if theyre inheritances and all theirs to keep.
    They cease to be leaders too, when they cannot distinguish themselves from their dependent followers and supporters, who most of the time decide for their leaders, to preserve their dependencies on their leaders and kins.
    No space is given for an intelligent candidate unless it is his fate. Otherwise, the old politicians can run them down using taxpayers’ money, and keep the power for their families ……….. and their political followers follow suit.

  • Rap88

    The most worthy candidates will not make it to the senate.

  • anak_mahirap50

    Tatakbo na naman ang mga corrupt and rich political dynaties! Walang magagawa ang mga voters dahil wala clang choice . Pero ang mga workers ay may magagawa kung magkakaisa lang cla. Hindi na uso ang demonstration- matagal ng ginagawa yun ng mga progresibong workers, late n 1960′s pa, wala ring nagyayari! Its time for workers to unite and join the election! If we can’t beat them join them. Malaki ang percentage ng workers sa population, so kung talagang united lang tayo, talo ang mga political dynaties na yan. Di na natin kailangan ang dyayo, radyo, newspapers for propaganda, meron ng internet(e-mail), smart phone(texting) para makapagcommunicate sa masa! Any volunteers? Umpisahan nating ngayong magorganisa at lalaban tayo sa next election! Kung hindi natin uumpisahan, kaylan pa? Umpisahan na natin sa metro manila ngayon!

    • Jeffrey Reyes

      Gawa tayo kahit sa FB lang muna. Ano name ng party. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/dingdong.emata Dingdong Emata

    deeeymmm politics @_@
    hoping to uplift our country by these people

  • farchierick88

    Mar Roxas may have thought that Magsaysay and Jamboy have the chance to win in 2013
    elections. Akala lang niya yun. Marami ang namamatay sa maling akala.

    • Guest

      Hindi lang naman si Erin Tanada ang buwisit kay Mar Roxas, even Joel Villanueva and
      Ruffy Biazon. Galit na galit sa diktadot na si Mar Roxas.

  • amininmona

    Erin is true Liberal. Di binigyan ng importansiya yun ni Mar Roxas. Mas pinili pa ni Mar ang mga laos na sina Magsaysay and his ex-dyowa Jamboy Madrigal.

    • Jay_Esplana

      Imagine, kahit isang Biazon walang kasama sa LP senatorial line up. Hindi kasi type ni
      Mar Roxas. Mas type pa niya ang dating kasintahang si Jamboy.

    • Guest

      Erin Tanada really wanted to run as a senator but Mar Roxas killed his ambition. Kill joy talaga si Mar.

    • http://twitter.com/jaleleel joyce miranda

      Dyowa ba ni mar si madrigal dati?

  • Duwuvase

    Magtitipid ang LP sa kampanya, no traditional campaigns daw and will focus on social media campaign. Nagtitipid? Maniwala kayo diyan kay Drilon. Siba yan!

    • IcanCUalways

      Drilon said it’s Pnoy who asked him to be the campaign manager of admin coalition. Ows? Baka si Mar Roxas ang pumili sa kanya at hinirit naman ni Mar kay PNoy. Ang mga epal nga naman.

      • Cloudhaze

        Mar Roxas has promised Erin Tanada a new posistion in government kaya ok lang na tinanggal siya sa senatorial line up. May promise naman sa kanya si bossing Mar. Sana totoo ang promise na yun!

      • Guest

        Mar Roxas’s media group has already launched smear campaign against Chiz prior to the latter’s filling of COC’s before the Comelec. But it has no effect, people don’t believe it.

      • Guest

        Hindi magiba ng kampo ni Mar Roxas ang katulad ni Chiz Escudero na minamahal ng taumbahay. Tunay na naglilingkod sa bayan at walang halong kaplastikan, di tulad ni Mar na peke. Bwahaha!

      • Fayha

        si Chiz mo perfect?si Chiz mo lipat nang lipat sa ibang grupo kung saan ang Papay..di ba nag resign sa NPC dati si Chiz kasi gusto nya pondohan  ni Danding ang kandidatura nya.


     “At the end of the day, we are elected by the people. 

    TRUE…by the people YOU suhol!

  • Guest

    After being scratched from LP senatorial line up, Erin Tanada might jump to UNA. Posible yan, sa sobrang sama ng loob ni Erin kay Mar Roxas.

    • SCRCrown

      Di nyo ba napansin, Erin Tanada was not present during the proclamation of senatorial candidates of admin coalition last Monday. Dala yun ng sobrang bwisit niya kay Mar.

  • damatannapo


    Vote: NoBinaysNoEnrilesNoEstradas in 2013
    Vote: NoBEEs in 2013

    GOD Bless the Philippines

  • Guest

    Itong mudslinging and misinformation are part of election fever. Gustong wasakin si Chiz ng kampo ni Mar dahil mas gusto nilang maging number 1 si Loren Legarda na kaalyado na nila sa Senado. Yun na!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y566FCC34AUFH7AR2CK4VIY5ZA buhartek

    Si Jamby Madrigal pala ang pinakamayaman na Senatorial Candidate. Party Leaders and Campaign Managers will choose her anytime over any other candidates.

  • Guest

    Pati ang pagsama kay sa isyu ng insertion ng online libel sa cybercrime law, ang kampo rin ni mar Roxas ang nasa likod noon. Kuryente rin dahil hindi naman isa sa mga authors si Chiz.

  • Guest

    Buhos ang pondo ng administration coalition. Naku titiba-tiba na naman si Drilon sa pondo, kikita
    pa silang dalawa ng bossing niyang si Mar.

  • Guest

    Chiz Escudero had earlier pushed for a bill granting monthly pensions to retired government workers upon reaching the age of 70. Yan ang makataong panukalang batas.

  • Guest

    Malaki pa ang utang
    ni Jamby Madrigal kay Judy Ann Santos, di pa niya nababayaran ang talent fee ni
    Juday last 2010 elections. Mahiya ka naman Jamby.

  • Guest

    Who’s behind black propaganda against Sen. Chiz Escudero? Is it Mar Roxas or Loren Legarda?

    • Guest

      Who else but Mar Roxas! Hindi pa rin matanggap na sinuportahan ni Chiz
      si Binay and not him.

    • Guest

      Hindi na bobo si Chiz. Hindi gagawa ng isang panukalang batas na
      unconstitutional. Dapat mag-isip-isip ng maayos ang mga black propagandist ni
      Mar Roxas.

  • Guest

    I don’t understand naman why
    Binay got 85% approval rating. Papasyal-pasyal lang ganoon kataas ang rating.
    Sarap palang mag-VP.

  • Guest

    Senate President Juan Ponce
    Enrile also got high approval and trust rating. I’m sure si Sen. Trillanes lang
    hindi natutuwa diyan.

  • Guest

    Mar Roxas’ camp could not accept the fact that malaki pa rin ang tiwala ni Pnoy kay Chiz Escudero, nas may pinagkakatiwala si Chiz kesa kay Mar Roxas na puro kaepalan ang alam.

  • julieboy

    Election nanaman!! Money will flow all over the Philippine islands.People happy again for short lived happiness.Pera ng bayan will be distributed to our country men who just think as far as their noses can go.Please naman take the money its yours naman but vote for people you think that can help the country.Dynasties,same names all over again.Vote wisely,sino ba talaga dapat ma boto.Tumanda na tayo ganoon pa rin mga kababayan,wala na ba pagasa ang bayan natin?Dont think of yourself,mga anak mo or mga apo natin,whats their future with these politicians.A lot of promises have been broken,lets wake up and really see through all these candidates.Wag na tayo mag bolahan mga pare! Hopefully we get rid of all the wannabees who think they are God’s gift to mankind na wala pala ginawa,to top it all nag nakaw pa.Good luck nalang to all the candidates,May The best Man Win!And i really mean the BEST MAN for the position.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JTYBNAOTDGZ74IUAP7XNBSD46Y Edsel

    Kung ang iboboto nyo ay Kapamilya, Kapuso at Kapatid sa 2013, wag na lang. Mag-isip muna tayo ng mabuti. Pag-bigyan natin yung iba na hindi Kapamilya, Kapuso at Kapatid. :-) #notopoliticaldynasty

  • abantug

    Its up to the Filipino people if who’s dumb or dumber if they elect TRAPOS.

  • neverwint3r

    election time will show how intelligent or dumb majority of filipinos are.
    kung ielect pa rin nila mga trapos, dynasties and  cebrities at mga artista e talagang mga walang utak mga pinoy

  • monATmex

    “Don’t look at the trees, look at the forest… look at the individual. Umm. baliktad po Sen. Cayetano. Don’t look at the forest, look at the tree… look at the individual. Yun po ang tamang context.

  • ah_ok_fine12

    i have a high respect to VP Binay- but having her daughter running on the senate this made me think twice.. im not voting Nancy , but ill vote Binay again if he runs as VP. not gonna vote any of the enrilies, ill vote Poe-LLamarez, Escudero, Legarda, Trillanes, and maybe one of eraps son..

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