Philippine Presidential Elections 2016: Here Are Your Candidates And What You Need To Know About Them

With 2015 coming to a close, the Philippine presidential elections draw even nearer. Get to know some of the presidential candidates before casting your vote!

1. Jejomar Binay

  • Vice President
  • Running mate: Gregorio Honasan
  • Political Party: United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)

Current Philippine Vice President Binay intends to establish more effective monitoring and supervisions of priority programs and projects. He also intends on making amendments in the 1987 constitution and in the Build-Operate-Transfer Law.

Other platforms of his campaign include the creation of the Department of Information Technology and revisiting the taxation system, which will include the lowering of income and corporate taxes, as well as reducing personal and income taxes.

2. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

  • Senator
  • Running mate: Bongbong Marcos
  • Political Party: People’s Reform Party

Following her fight with cancer, Senator Santiago filed her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) in October, and her platform focuses on economic grown. She plans to continue the government’s cash transfer program — with adjustments on the program’s leakages — and to support the Supreme Court on the Priority Development Assistance Program and the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

Additionally, she plans to sign the Freedom of Information Bill as the act is an “important tool to promote public accountability.” She also plans to “aggressively fight the war against illegal drugs,” and plans to invest in public infrastructure, agriculture sector, and government institutions.

3. Rodrigo Duterte

  • Davao City Mayor
  • Running mate: Alan Cayetano
  • Political Party: PDP-Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan)

Back when he was still contemplating as to whether or not he would run for president, Mayor Duterte stated he would prioritize federalism, law and order, a business-friendly environment, and would help the economy by creating more jobs.

Duterte, like Santiago, also plans to prioritize the Freedom of Information Bill. He has stated that he would also prioritize effective public transportation such as trains, railways, and the renovation of airports. As he is also known to have transformed Davao into one of the safest cities in the world, Duterte said he will make sure that “criminals are afraid of the law.”

4. Grace Poe

  • Senator
  • Running mate: Francis Escudero
  • Political Party: Independent

Senator Poe intends to intensify the drive against corruption, an effort which she thanked President Benigno Aquino III for initiating. Her platform includes prioritizing education, inclusive growth, global competitiveness, and open government, as well as health — including providing adequately staffed and equipped hospitals in every city, and strengthening the Philhealth program.

Other points for planned improvement include infrastructure and the Internet, agriculture — including land reform, irrigation, and mechanization — and transparency with the enactment of the Freedom of Information Law. She also plans to provide more support for arts, culture, and sports.

5. Mar Roxas

  • Former Secretary of the Interior and Local Government
  • Running mate: Leni Robredo
  • Political Party: Liberal Party

Some of Roxas’ economic platforms include welfare protection for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), making amendments to existing trade policies in order to promote openness and sustainable growth in the Philippines, making efficient partnerships with the private sector in order to properly execute laws pertaining to land and ownership, and the continuity of the anti-poverty program initiated by the Aquino administration.

On the more social and political side, Roxas plans to make improvements on disaster risk reduction and management. He intends to further implement the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which provides conditional cash incentives and other health benefits to the poor. Roxas has also vowed to fight corruption, one of the biggest issues in Philippine politics.

6. Camilo Sabio

  • Former Chairman of the Presidential Commission for Good Government (PCGG)
  • Running mate: Undecided/None
  • Political Party: Lakas-CMD (Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats)

Sabio’s platform will be focusing on fighting poverty, first and foremost. “My intention to secure the highest post of the land is to finally lead our country and our people from the bondage of poverty,” he said earlier this year to reporters in his Quezon City home.

7. Roy Señeres Sr.

  • OFW Party List Representative
  • Running mate: Teodoro Malangen
  • Political Party: Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka

With his COC filed along with running mate, Bishop Malangen of the Jesus Christ the Deliverer Church, Señeres has shared that his platform will focus on employment, and he further stated that one of his priorities would be addressing contractualization.

Masyadong pang-aabuso ang ginagawa ng unscrupulous employers dito sa ating bansa (What unscrupulous employers have been doing in our country is too abusive),” he stated, adding that other officials who run for office choose to turn a blind eye on this issue because business owners support their campaigns.

8. Apolonia Soguilon

  • Former Hearing Commissioner of Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
  • Running mate: Undecided/None
  • Political Party: Philippine Green Republican Party (PGRP)

Rallying behind the platform of “zero corruption,” some of Soguilon’s priorities include the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill and free education from pre-school to college. “Our beloved country the Philippines needs a leader to stop corruption,” said PGRP secretary general Alex Lague of Soguilon’s running.

“A leader who is not only honest, morally upright, who has knowledge of law and justice; who has a great love for country; who has deep concern for the welfare of the people,” Lague continued, “and will lead the Filipino people to make the country to be great again, if not to be the greater nation among all nations.”

Read Also: Duterte For President 2016: What Are His Plans For The Philippines?

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