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On May 13, Filipinos will cast their ballots to choose the country’s next set of lawmakers and local government officials. Among the more than 18,000 positions to be filled are 12 senators who will impact, if not determine, the course of the nation’s policies in the coming years.
In this series, VERA Files Fact Check compiled relevant information on this election’s Senate hopefuls to aid the public in making their decision.
From the Commission on Elections’ 62 candidates, we narrowed the list down to 40 based on the following criteria:
- Members of, or those backed by political parties; or
- Candidates that have made it at least once in the top 12 of pre-election surveys conducted by independent pollsters Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations.
The 40 candidates were grouped based on their Senate experience--those with and those without--then arranged alphabetically. Each profile contains the candidate’s legislative platform, government experience or field of expertise, issues and controversies faced, relatives in government and other interesting facts.
Part 3 of the series covers seven candidates--incumbent and former senators Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Nancy Binay, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Pia Cayetano, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, and Juan Ponce Enrile.
Here are some facts you need to know:
Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Senator
Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, Senator
Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay, Senator
Pia Cayetano, Taguig City 2nd District Representative
Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito, Senator
Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., former Senator
Juan Ponce Enrile, former Senate President
Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara
Sonny Angara Campaign Team, Curriculum Vitae
Commission on Elections, Sonny Angara Certificate of Candidacy
Sonny Angara Official Facebook Page, Sonny Angara
Sonny Angara Official Website, All about Sonny
Alagang Angara, About Senator Sonny Angara
Alagang Angara, Laws Enacted
Manila Bulletin, Teaching is hard work (Ang magturo ay ‘di biro), Oct. 8, 2018
Aurora Website, List of Winning Candidates in Province of Aurora, May 13, 2013
Bagong Aurora Website ng Bayan, Angara’s ex-mayor brod laid to rest in Baler, Jan. 23, 2013
ABS-CBN News Youtube, DZMM Teleradyo: SINO KA BA? - Sonny Angara, nagpakilala sa ‘DZMM Ikaw Na Ba?’, Jan. 31, 2019
ABS-CBN News Youtube, DZMM Teleradyo: MESSAGE SEN - Sonny Angara, may sagot sa netizens, Jan. 31, 2019
ABS-CBN News Youtube, DZMM Teleradyo: KONTRA-BERSYA Albani, Angara, & Chavez may sagot sa mga usaping idinidikit sa kanila, Jan. 31, 2019
CNN Philippines Youtube, ‘The Source’ speaks to Sonny Angara, March 12, 2019
Inquirer.net, Sonny Angara wants senior citizen pension doubled, April 5, 2019
GMA News Youtube, News To Go In Depth: Rep. Sonny Angara, Feb. 5, 2013
Spin.ph, Sonny Angara and the Body Politic, June 26, 2014
Bills passed into law
House of Representatives, Magna Carta of Women, House Bill 4273
Senate of the Philippines. Free Higher Education for All, Senate Bill 1304
Senate of the Philippines, Universal Health Care Act, Senate Bill 1896
Senate of the Philippines, Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability (PWDs, Senate Bill 2890
House of Representatives, Expanded Senior Citizens Act, House Bill 6390
Criticisms as the champion of TRAIN Law
- Official Gazette, Republic Act 10963
- ABS-CBN News Youtube, BANDILA: Kilos-protesta kontra TRAIN isinagawa, Jan. 15, 2018
- Inquirer.net, Angara to TRAIN doubters: Go slow on VAT, June 13, 2018
- Philstar, 3 opposition solons urge gov’t: Stop denying TRAIN’s impact on inflation, July 9, 2018
- Manila Bulletin, No one wants to sponsor TRAIN 2 in the Senate, July 25, 2018
- Rappler, Sonny Angara fends off TRAIN law criticisms as he files COC, Oct. 17, 2018
- GMA News Online, Sonny Angara says TRAIN law not behind high cost of fuel, Feb. 8, 2019
- Inquirer.net, Angara slammed for allegedly lying about effects of TRAIN law, Feb. 11, 2019
APECO Housing Project
- Rappler, APECO housing projects declared illegal by the gov’t, Nov. 3, 2015
- Inquirer.net, Apeco’s story of failures and betrayal, Oct. 31, 2018
- GMA News Online, Angaras to face DOJ probe over APECO property in Aurora, Jan. 17, 2011
- ABS-CBN News, Angaras in hot water over Aurora freeport, Jan. 17, 2011
Backlash on #ShowerTogether tweet amid water crisis
- Manila Times, Senator under fire for ‘sexy time’ tweet on water crisis, March 16, 2019
- Rappler, Sonny Angara under fire for’#ShowerTogether’ tweet amid water crisis, March 16, 2019
- ABS-CBN News, #ShowerTogether? Angara draws flak for water crisis joke, March 15, 2019
Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV
Senate.gov.ph, Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV
Team Pilipinas, Bam Aquino
Bamaquino.com, BAM’S STORY
VERA Files, VERA FILES FACT CHECK YEARENDER: VP poll recount, Dengvaxia issue spark the most fake news online in 2018, Dec. 27, 2018
Hapinoy.com, Our Story
Bam Aquino campaign team, List of Laws by Sen. Bam
Bam Aquino campaign team, Priority Laws and Programs of Sen. Bam Aquino
Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay
ABS-CBN News online, “SEN. Nancy Bina (sic) launches collab book ‘Make Love Not War’ with Senyora,” Dec. 5, 2018
ABS-CBN News online, “Nancy Binay: The accidental candidate,” Feb. 8, 2013
BusinessWorld Online, “Ex-Makati vice-mayor claims Binay split payoffs into three,” Sept. 12, 2014
Inquirer.net, “Being a Binay not Nancy’s only credential; ask ma, pa,” April 7, 2013
Inquirer.net, “Nancy Binay denies ex-vice mayor’s ‘baseless’ allegations,” Sept. 11, 2014
Inquirer.net YouTube channel, “Nancy Binay files COC, seeks Senate reelection,” Oct. 11, 2018.
GMA News Online, “Bagong akusasyon kontra sa kanilang pamilya, pinalagan ni Sen. Binay,” Sept. 11, 2014
Office of Sen. Nancy Binay, “Bakit katulad mo si Nancy Binay? campaign flyer,” n.d.
Office of Sen. Nancy Binay, “Profile,” n.d.
Office of Sen. Nancy Binay, “Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy Sombillo Binay,” n.d.
Office of the Ombudsman website, “Binays face more graft raps for P1.3 billion Makati Science building,” Aug. 3, 2017
Office of the Ombudsman website, “Ombudsman affirms charges against Binays for P2.2billion Makati carpark project,” Feb. 5, 2016
Rappler, “Nancy Binay: The accidental candidate,” Dec. 14, 2014
Senate of the Philippines website, “Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy Sombillo Binay Biography,” n.d.
Office of Pia Cayetano, Curriculum Vitae of Pia S. Cayetano
Office of Pia Cayetano, Laws Passed by S. Pia Cayetano
Office of Pia Cayetano, Transcript of RMN Manila Interview with Pia Cayetano, March, 26, 2019
Office of Pia Cayetano, Transcript of Love Radio Bacolod Interview with Pia Cayetano, March 31, 2019
Piacayetano.ph, Official Website of Pia S. Cayetano
Piacayetano.ph, Pia aims to make senior high graduates job ready, March 27, 2019
Senate of the Philippines, Senator Pia S. Cayetano
UP Women’s Volleyball Team
ABS-CBN News, #FlashbackFriday: Pia Cayetano reminisces days with UP Lady Maroons, March 17, 2016
Inquirer.net, Ethics complaint filed vs Pia Cayetano for plagiarism, Nov. 21, 2012
ABS-CBN News, Pia Cayetano also faces plagiarism complaint, Nov. 21, 2012
GMA News Online, Pia Cayetano also faces ethics complaint for alleged plagiarism, Nov. 21, 2012
Duterte’s sexist remarks
CNN Philippines, Pia Cayetano: I take up women's issues directly with President, Sept. 4, 2018
GMA News Online, Women’s advocate Pia Cayetano mum on Duterte kissing OFW, rape jokes, etc., Oct. 16, 2018
Inquirer.net, Pia Cayetano mum on Duterte’s remarks vs women, Oct. 16, 2018
Rappler, Feminists slam Duterte, Pia Cayetano for 'enabling' misogyny, May 17, 2017
Rappler, Netizens do a spit take over Duterte's 'laway mo, kunin ko' statement, Oct. 28, 2018
She Talks Asia
YouTube.com, Pia Cayetano on PRRD in She Talks Asia, March 18, 2017
Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito
JV Ejercito campaign team, Curriculum Vitae
- Senate.gov.ph, Senate Bill 1896
- Senate.gov.ph, Senate Bill 2999
- Senate.gov.ph, Senate Bill 1578
- Senate.gov.ph, Senate Bill 1304
- Senate.gov.ph, Senate Bill 1465
Graft, malversation charges
- Philstar.com, Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrant for JV Ejercito, April 6, 2016
- Inquirer.net, Sandiganbayan orders arrest of JV Ejercito for graft, April 6, 2016
- Manila Times, JV Ejercito acquitted in graft case, Dec. 23, 2016
- Rappler.com, JV Ejercito, 5 others acquitted of graft, Dec. 23, 2016
- ABS-CBN News, Sandiganbayan division clears JV Ejercito of graft charges, Dec. 22, 2016
- Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Manny Villar, JV Ejercito linked to offshore accounts, April 5, 2013
- International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, OFFSHORE LEAKS DATABASE: Joseph Victor G. Ejercito, Retrieved April 9, 2019
- Rappler.com, JV Ejercito leaves Erap’s party over feud with Jinggoy, Oct. 8, 2018
- ABS-CBN News, JV, Jinggoy raise each other’s hand at campaign kickoff, Feb. 17, 2019
- Inquirer.net, JV, Jinggoy, old enough to settle feud --Estrada, Feb. 27, 2019
- Inquirer.net, Ejercito apologizes to motorcycle riders over ‘Doble Plaka’ law, April 8, 2019
- Abante, JV nag-sorry sa mga rider sa ‘Doble Plaka’, April 8, 2019
- TopGear Philippines, Who is the man that convinced the President to suspend the ‘doble plaka’ law?, April 8, 2019
- Manila Times, JV Ejecito intercedes, stops ‘doble-plaka’, April 8, 2019
- ABS-CBN News, Motorcycle riders hail suspension of ‘Doble Plaka’ law, April 7, 2019
- Senate.gov.ph, Senate Bill 1769
- Senate.gov.ph, Senate Bill 1631
- Senate.gov.ph, Senator JV Ejercito on the Draft Blue Ribbon Report on Dengvaxia, April 12, 2018
Senate.gov.ph, Senate Bill 897
Juan Ponce Enrile
Official Gazette, Republic Act No. 8424
Official Gazette, Republic Act No. 9372
Official Gazette, Republic Act No. 9522
Official Gazette, Republic Act No. 9700
Official Gazette, Republic Act No. 9745
Official Gazette, Republic Act No. 9994
Legislative agenda and track record
Senate of the Philippines, Enrile cites need for friendlier investment climate to attract foreign business, July 23, 2012
Senate of the Philippines, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile
Facebook.com, Juan Ponce Enrile
Facebook.com, Juan Ponce Enrile, More jobs for the Filipinos | JPE
Facebook.com, Juan Ponce Enrile, JPE aims to lower taxes
Facebook.com, Juan Ponce Enrile, JPE | Human Security Act of 2007
Facebook.com, Juan Ponce Enrile, JPE | Senate President
Supreme Court of the Philippines, Enrile v. Sandiganbayan, Aug. 18, 2015
Chan Robles Virtual Law Library, Enrile v. People of the Philippines, Aug. 11, 2015
ABS-CBN News, Enrile ‘PDAF scam’ graft trial to begin on March 19, Jan. 11, 2019
Philstar.com, All set for trial of Enrile’s ‘pork’ cases, Jan. 13, 2019
GMA News Online, Start of Enrile’s trial for graft over pork barrel scam set on March 19, Jan. 11, 2019
MOOE expenses and resignation as Senate president
Senate of the Philippines, Speech of the Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, June 5, 2013
ABS-CBN News, Enrile resigns as Senate President, June 5, 2013
GMA News Online, Enrile announces irrevocable resignation as Senate president, June 5, 2013
The Manila Times, Enrile resigns, June 5, 2013
Tete-a-tete with Bongbong Marcos
YouTube.com, Enrile: A witness to history (Episode 1) | Bongbong Marcos, Sept. 20, 2018
ABS-CBN News, Palace: Enrile, Bongbong can’t twist history, Sept. 24, 2018
Inquirer.net, Marcos foes on JPE-BBM tete-a-tete: Pathetic, part of aging, Sept. 22, 2018
GMA News Online, Bongbong and Enrile's Martial Law video 'adding insult to injury' —Diokno family, Sept. 24, 2018
Philstar.con, Juan Ponce Enrile admits using marijuana oil, Feb. 8, 2019
ABS-CBN News, Enrile says he uses marijuana oil to reduce tension, Feb. 6, 2019
ONE News, Enrile on medical marijuana
Senate of the Philippines, Juan Ponce Enrile
Senate of the Philippines, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile | Resume
Senate of the Philippines, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile | Biography
Senate of the Philippines, List of Previous Senators
Facebook.com, Juan Ponce Enrile
Senatorjpe.com, Juan Ponce Enrile
Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
Bong Revilla official website, “Legislative Accomplishments,” n.d.
Bong Revilla official website, “Pangunahing Programa ni Sen. Bong Revilla,” n.d.
Data.gov.ph, 2004 Senatorial Election Results preview, n.d.
Sandiganbayan First Division, SB-14-CRM-0240, Dec. 7, 2018.
Senate of the Philippines website, “Bills,” n.d.
Senate of the Philippines website, “Sen. Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla, Jr. biography,” n.d.
ABS-CBN News online, “From arrest to acquittal: Bong Revilla's 'pork barrel' case,” Dec. 7, 2018.
GMA News Online, “The Bong Revilla Plunder Case,” Dec. 7, 2018.
Rappler, “TIMELINE: Bong Revilla's plunder case and the pork barrel scam,” Dec. 7, 2018.
Revilla backs death penalty for plunderers
Inquirer.net YouTube channel, “Bong Revilla favors death penalty for plunderers, false accusers,” March 3, 2019.
Hayden Kho sex scandal inquiry
ABS-CBN News online, “Bong Revilla disgusted over Katrina-Hayden 'sex video,'” May 19, 2009
Abs-CBN News online, “Bong Revilla wants harsher penalty for Hayden,” Sept. 25, 2009.
SunStar Philippines, “Bong Revilla, Hayden Kho reconcile during spiritual trip,” April 13, 2014.
Senate of the Philippines website, “PRIVILEGE SPEECH OF SENATOR RAMON BONG REVILLA, JR. ‘A Doctor's Perversity,’” May 19, 2009
GMA News Online, “Campaign Day 44: Bus siege props up politicians,” March 29, 2007
GMA News Online, “Hostage-taker ends crisis, releases 26 kid hostages,” March 28, 2007
PEP.ph, “Bong Revilla on hostage crisis: "I'd rather risk my life at ma-solve yung problema,” April 1, 2007
Philstar.com, “Luneta bus hostage, Take 2,” Aug. 25, 2010
ABS-CBN News online, “'Panday' named 2009 MMFF's best picture,” Dec. 29, 2009
Spot.ph, “Ang Panday wins MMFF Best Picture, 6 awards; Bong Revilla is Best Actor,” Dec. 29, 2009
The Manila Times, “Revilla hammers competition at film fest,” Dec. 30, 2009
Motion Picture Association of America
GMA News Online, “Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial bets,” Nov. 18, 2009
Inquirer.net, “Ramon Revilla, Jr. Lakas-Kampi,” n.d.
Philstar.com, “Bong vows: The ‘war’ continues,” Aug. 10, 2003
Philstar.com, “The new faces at the Senate,” July 5, 2004
Revilla jail selfie
CNN Philippines, “Police confiscate Bong Revilla's phone after jail selfie,” June 22, 2018
Manila Bulletin Online, “Bong Revilla posts ‘selfie’ on FB, PNP confiscates phone,” June 22, 2018
Rappler, “Bong Revilla's phone confiscated after jail anniversary selfie,” June 22, 2018