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POLL: Senatorial race 2019

All political parties in the country, especially the PDP-Laban administration of President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, are superior in the upcoming elections if we talk about machinery. As a matter of fact, the PDP-Laban leadership has almost led the provinces and other remote areas to introduce their local candidates, especially those who want to run as senators.

But that does not mean that when you are relying on Digong’s party it is certain that they will win in May 2019 elections. Still a major factor is the popularity and skill of a candidate to win an election. Note that only 12 candidates need to be elected to the midterm poll so it is considered to be ‘tight’ for new candidates entering the so-called Magic 12.

Who do you think deserves to land the spot in Magic 12? It’s time to seize the moment in the Philippines! We encourage you to use your voice. Please upvote your favourite candidates below.

#1 Ronald dela Rosa

Ronald Marapon dela Rosa (born January 21, 1962), also known as Bato dela Rosa or simply Bato ( lit. Rock), is a Filipino police officer. He served as Director General of the Philippine National Police from July 1, 2016 to April 19, 2018.

#2 Sara Duterte Carpio

Sara Duterte-Carpio also known as Inday Sara by the Davaoeños, is a Filipina lawyer, politician and the incumbent Mayor of Davao City. She also served as the city mayor from June 30, 2010 until June 30, 2013.

#3 Erwin Tulfo

Erwin Teshiba Tulfo (born August 10, 1972 ) is a Filipino news anchor and broadcaster on radio and television. He is now working with PTV program Kilos Pronto.

#4 Arthur Tugade

Arthur "Art" Planta Tugade (born January 9, 1946) is a Filipino businessman and lawyer from Cagayan. He is the current Secretary of the Department of Transportation after being appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Joseph Emilio Abaya.

#5 Persida Acosta

Dr. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta is the Chief Public Attorney of the Philippines (since 2001). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) from the University of the East in 1982 and obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the same university in 1987.

#6 Christopher “Bong” Go

Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Tesoro Go (born June 14, 1974) is the current Special Assistant to the President, with the rank of Secretary, with supervision over the Presidential Management Staff in the Philippines.

#7 Martin Romualdez

Ferdinand Martin Gomez Romualdez (born November 14, 1963), known professionally as Martin Romualdez, is a Filipino politician.

#8 Jinggoy Estrada

José Pimentel Ejército, Jr. (born January 23, 1963), better known as Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada or simply Jinggoy Estrada, is the son of former Philippine President Joseph Estrada, who was convicted and jailed due to graft and corruption.

#9 Sergio Osmeña

Sergio "Serge" de la Rama Osmeña III, (born December 13, 1943) is a Filipino politician and the grandson of Philippine President Sergio Osmeña. He was a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines for three terms.

#10 Greco Belgica

Greco Antonious Beda Banta Belgica (born March 27, 1978) is a Filipino politician and television host.

#12 Francis Tolentino

Francis N. Tolentino (born January 3, 1960) is a Filipino politician who was best known for being the ninth chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from 2010 to 2015.

#13 Lito Lapid

Manuel Mercado "Lito" Lapid (born October 25, 1955, Porac, Pampanga) is a Filipino actor, who served as a Senator of the Philippines.

#15 Gwendolyn Garcia

Gwendolyn Fiel Garcia (born October 12, 1955), commonly known as Gwen, is a Filipina politician who is the incumbent deputy speaker of the 17th Congress, a Representative of the 3rd District of Cebu since 2013 and the governor of the province from 2004 to 2013.

#16 Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III

Aquilino Martin de la Llana Pimentel III, commonly known as Koko Pimentel, is a Filipino politician who is the 28th and current Senate President of the Philippines. He is also the current president of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

#17 Lorenzo Tañada III

Lorenzo "Erin" Reyes Tañada III (born August 16, 1963) is a Filipino politician. A member of the Liberal Party, he was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines representing the 4th District of Quezon beginning in 2004. In 2010, he was appointed as one of the Deputy Speakers in the House of Representatives. He now served as the manager for news and public affairs of UNTV-37 and host for several programs of the said station.

#20 Albee Benitez

Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Bantug Benitez (born December 20, 1966) is a Filipino businessman and politician who serves as a congressman of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental, Philippines.

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Written by Marc Tiu

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