Next year will be the presidential election of the Philippines. People of the Philippines will decide again who will they want to live in Malacanang Palace. I’ve been hearing lots of names. But I think 2 or 3 were already declared that they will run. Definitely Mar Roxas declared that he will run last July 31, 2015. Mar Roxas, Grace Poe and Jejomar Binay are the 3 people that already declared that they will run in 2016. A few of politicians are hinting of wanting to run. Can’t decide yet right now.
Let’s look at the candidates
Manuel “Mar” Araneta Roxas II
Will run under the banner of Liberal Party.
He declared his candidacy on July 31, 2015. He was already endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III. He was the Secretary of the Interior of Local Government under the current president.
His family hails from the Visayas particularly in Negros Occidental.
Mary Grace Sonora Poe-Llamanzares
She will declare her candidacy according to the papers here on Wednesday September 16, 2016.
She’s an Independent. Her dad Fernando Poe Jr. Was a famous movie star and well liked by the Filipino people. He ran for president in 2004. He was busy campaigning and he suffered a stroke and died a few days later.
Jejomar “Jojo” Cabauatan Binay, Sr.
Currently the Vise President of the Philippines, under the banner of United Nacionalist Alliance/PDP Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas Ng Bayan). He used to be the Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and Presidential adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers. He resigned last June 22, 2015.
His family came from Batangas.
Undecided Presidential Candidates
Many more other candidate will possibly run:
Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos Jr. – He is under Nacionalista Party. He is the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos and famous first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos. He is currently serving as Senator. The Marcos family hails from Ilocos Norte, his mother side of the family comes from Leyte.
Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. – He is under Nacionalista Party. Formerly a Philippines senator. One of the wealthiest person in the Philippines. He runs for president last election and he lost. He is a real estate guru of the Philippines. From low cost housing to high end condominiums all through out the Philippines.
Francis Joseph Guevara “Chiz” Escudero – He is an Independent. Currently serving as senator. Family from Sorsogon.
Miriam Defensor Santiago – She’s under People’s Reform Party. Currently serving as senator. Family hails from Iloilo. Famous for being feisty and will say what’s on her mind. A strong willed woman.
Rodrigo Roa “Rody” Duterte – Famous for his other nickname “Digong” – Currently serving as mayor of Davao City. He is an Independent. He says right now that he will not run for a higher office. He said he is happy to be mayor of Davao City. Very well liked by the people of Davao. He is into peace and order. He is so against drugs users. He said he is not interested in running for president. Many people calls for his candidacy. I’m not sure if the Philippines is ready for a strong willed person. “Drug user and seller beware” that’s always his line. He says what’s on his mind.
So to my fellow Kababayan we still have enough time to study hard who to chose to will lead the our country. Please chose wisely. Follow your heart. Don’t be persuade by money. Know the candidates.