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Political Dynasties in the Philippines: In My Opinion

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Full Name:
Maria Leonor “Leni” Gerona Robredo

Sex:
Female

Age:
51

Town / City Registered:
Naga City, Camarines Sur

Birthplace:
Naga City, Camarines Sur

Coalition:
No available information.

Political Party:
Liberal Party

Professional / Political Experience:
Lawyer
Congresswoman, Camarines Sur (2013-present)

Education:
·         Universidad de Sta. Isabel (elementary to high school)
·         UP Diliman (Economics, 1986)
·         University of Nueva Caceres (Law, 1990)

Achievements and Distinctions:
·         Wife of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo
·         Founder of Kababaihan ng Naga Federation (1989)
·         Coordinator, Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligan (SALIGAN, 2007)
·         One of the primary authors of Tax Incentives Transparency bill.

·         Sponsored Freedom of Information Bill.



Full Name:
Antonio “Sonny” Fuentes Trillanes IV

Sex:
Male

Age:
44

Town / City Registered:
Caloocan, Manila

Birthplace:
Caloocan, Manila

Coalition:
Team PNoy (2012-2013)
United Opposition (2007)

Political Party:
·         Nacionalista Party (2012-2015)
·         Independent (2007–2012, 2015 to present)
·         Magdalo

Professional / Political Experience:
·         Senator (since 2007)
·         Former Navy Lieutenant Senior Grade, Philippine Navy (1991-2007)

Education:
·         Angelicum School (high school)
·         DLSU (BS Electronics & Communications Engineering, until 3rd Year only)
·         PMA (cum laude, 1995)
·         UP - NCPAG (Masters in Public Administration, 2002)
·         Harvard Kennedy School (National and International Security Program, 2014)

Achievements and Distinctions:
·         Led the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny as a protest for alleged rampant corruption in the Arroyo administration and the AFP.
·         Ranks first in the most number of bills passed into law in the 15th and 16th Congress.

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Full Name:
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr.

Sex:
Male

Age:
58

Town / City Registered:
No available information.

Birthplace:
Manila

Political Party:
·         Independent (2015-present)
·        Nacionalista (2009-2015)
·        KBL (1980-2015)

Coalition:
No available information

Professional / Political Experience:
·         Senator of the Philippines (1995-2004, 2007-2013)
·         Congressman, Ilocos Norte (1992-1995,2007-2010)
·         Governor, Ilocos Norte (1983-1986,1998-2007)
·         Vice Governor (1980-1983)

Education:
·         La Salle Greenhills (elementary)
·         Worth School (high school)
·         Oxford University (Special Diploma in Social Studies)
·         Wharton School of Business, UPenn (MBA; incomplete)

Achievements and Distinctions:
·         Only son of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos.
·         Chaired the oversight committee on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Organic Act

·         Co-authored/authored bills which include the creation of Department of Energy and the National Youth Commission, Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act, the Cybercrime Prevention Act, the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, and the National Health Insurance Act


Full Name:
Gregorio “Gringo” Ballesteros Honasan II

Sex:
Male

Age:
67

Town / City Registered:
Marikina

Birthplace:
Baguio City

Coalition:
UNA

Political Party:
·         UNA (2012-present)
·         Independent (1994-2012)

Professional / Political Experience:
·         Senator of the Philippines (1995-2004, 2007-2013)
·         Former soldier, Philippine Army (1971-1989)

Education:
·         San Beda College (prep to elementary)
·         Dominican School, Taiwan
·         Don Bosco Technical College (high school)
·         Philippine Military Academy (Bachelor of Science degree, 1971)

Achievements and Distinctions:
·         Key role in the 1986 EDSA Revolution against Pres. Ferdinand Marcos.
·         First independent candidate in Philippine history to win a seat in the Senate
·         Presidential Government Medal
·         Aide-de-camp to then Defense Sec. Juan Ponce Enrile (1974)
·         Distinguished Conduct Star (1986)
·         Chief of Security, National Defense
·         Pres., Beatriz Marketing Company
·         Board member, Northern Mindanao Development Bank

·         Authored bills into law: the Clean Air Act of 1999, Clean Water Act, the National Security Policy, among others

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Full Name:
Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero

Sex:
Male

Age:
46

Town / City Registered:
Sorsogon City

Birthplace:
Manila

Coalition:
 Independent (2009 to 2015)

Political Party:
·         Partido Galing at Puso (2015-present)
·      NPC (1998-2009)
·         Genuine Opposition (2005-2007)

Professional / Political Experience:
·         Senator of the Philippines (2007-2013)
·         Representative from Sorsogon's 1st District (1998-2007)
·         Lawyer (EMSAVIL Law) (1995-present)
·         Teaching Assistant, Political Science, UP
·         Lecturer, Graduate School, AdMU (2000)
·         Junior Political Analyst, Batangas Development Planning Office (1989)
·         Senior Lecturer, Law, UP (1996-1998)

Education:
·         UP Integrated School (kindergarten and high school)
·         UP (BA Political Science, 1988)
·         UP (Law, 1993)
·         Georgetown University (Masters in International & Comparative Law, 1996)

Achievements and Distinctions:
·         Son of former Agriculture Sec. and Cong. Salvador Escudero
·         House Minority Floor Leader, 13th Congress
·         Named Commander of the Phil. Navy Reserve Command (2000)
·         Most Admired TV Personality, Anak TV Seal (2008)
·         Legislator of the Year, Philippine Media Research and Progress Report, Inc. (2000)
·         Outstanding Public Servant of the Year, National Media Statistics Research News Publication (2000)
·         Top Congressman, Pillars of the New Republic (1999, 2000, 2001)TOYM Awardee in Youth Leadership (2000)
·         Asia's Idols, Asia News Network
·         Recipient, Rotary Golden Wheel Award for Political Governance and Legislation (2012)
·         World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader (2008)
·         Lord Chancellor, Alpha Phi Beta (2009 to present)
·         Columnist, Abante & Abante Tonite
·         TV Host, Ngayon na Pinoy (RPN 9, 2000), Kris TV (ABS-CBN, 2012-2013)

·         Radio Anchor at DZAR and DZMM

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Full Name:
Alan Peter Schramm Cayetano

Sex:
Male

Age:
45

Town / City Registered:
Taguig

Birthplace:
Mandaluyong, Rizal

Coalition:
Independent

Political Party:
·         Nacionalista (2005 to present)
·         Lakas-CMD (1992-2005)

Professional / Political Experience:
·         Lawyer
·         Councilor of Taguig (1992-1995)
·         Vice Mayor, Taguig (1995-1998)
·         Representative from Taguig-Pateros' District (1998-2004)
·         Senator of the Philippines (2007-2013)

Education:
·         De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (elementary and high school)
·         UP (BA Political Science, 1993)
·         Ateneo de Manila University (Juris Doctor, Second Honorable Mention, 1997)

Achievements and Distinctions:
·         Son of the late former Sen. Renato “Companero” Cayetano
·         Former Minority Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
·         Top Outstanding Young Men (TOYM 2010) awardee ( for exemplary work in government and public service)

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