2010 Elections: Senatorial Bets’ Stand Regarding the People’s Agenda

11. Gender. Will they uphold gender equality?

Liza Maza

Gender equality and the rights of women, gays and lesbians in all levels of governance and livelihood in society are what I have been fighting for as a member of Gabriela and representative of Gabriela Party-list. I will continue the fight against all forms of exploitation, discrimination and violence against women, gays and lesbians in the Senate.

Sponsored Anti-Violence Against Women and the Children Act (RA 9262), Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (RA 9189)

She initiated investigations into the rampant contractualization and its impact on women’s workers.

A champion of the rights and the welfare of overseas Filipino (OFWs), Maza led the campaign on the issue of Flor Contemplacion, Sarah Balabagan and Angelo dela Cruz


Satur Ocampo

Passed resolutions amending Family Code, granting the Right to Remarry after Spouse obtains Divorce, an Act Amending the Family Code of the Philippines (re Marriage License)

Alex Lacson

Believes that it is the right of all to be represented, including the LGBT sector

Adel Tamano

Tamano, a constitutional law professor, is a supporter of Ang Ladlad and its advocacies to promote equality, regardless of sexual preference (adel tamano site). Offered to become the “voice of ang ladlad in the senate” saying that since he was in a marginalized sector, he knows how to represent them. He also pushes for more pro-women laws and opportunites in government.

Will promote laws against women abuse (Hot Seat Adel Tamano)

Gwen Pimentel

Known women’s rights advocate

Yasmin Lao

She shall continue her work in the grassroots, promoting women’s reproductive health, community participation, education and their livelihood. She will step up her efforts to a national level once elected


Risa Hontiveros

Supported Reproductive Health bill believing that it is pro-women; supports the LGBTI community

Pushed for bills that concern gender equality

Ruffy Biazon

Sponsored the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act

Filed House Bill1245 to amend the country’s Family Code to limit marriage to ‘natural born males and natural born females’ only

Supports Reproductive Health Bill because it is pro-women

Sonia Roco

Will push for empowerment of women, opportunities and rights for women

will look into women empowerment: their own empowerment, their own liberation, to find jobs, to also develop themselves to the fullest, can be done.

Don’t see the need for law for gays and lesbians because they are also entitled to human rights

Candidate with a concrete program on gender equality and women empowerment

Pia Cayetano

Holds a solid track record in promoting the empowerment of women.

Miriam Defensor Santiago

In 1996, The Australian Magazine ranked Santiago 69th among “The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World


Santiago lost her bid in 2008 for a seat in the United Nations International Court of Justice. She was the only woman candidate and would have given the world court gender representation.


Santiago said that as a gender-sensitive country, the Philippines should also have a female Senate President, a female Speaker, and a female Chief Justice.


Susan Ople

Said that she was the first Woman Labor Leader


Wants to amend the labor code to allow women who are working for BPOs to work at night.


12. National culture. Will they promote national culture?

Satur Ocampo

Authored bills that would help in developing Muslim/National Cultural Communities such as Ethnic Origin Act and Act Declaring March 6 as Bud Dahu Day (Commemorating the Bangsamoro People’s resistance to foreign occupation)

Liza Maza

I will promote patriotic, pro-people, pro-environment, scientific, and progressive education and culture and advance a national language and enrich our diverse cultures.

Jose De Venecia III

Vast tracts are unused. These are mostly prime agricultural lands. To raise the IPs from their poverty, these vast lands should be opened to developers in partnership with native Filipinos.

Jose Apolinario Lozada Jr.

“Thanks, but are we sincere in protecting it? It seems everyone does not believe any one in defining what is Filipino, why? Open society has been engulfed in our emotional and social concerns. It need a total self-renewal, self-dedicational belief in the Filipino and what is Filipino. Of course. promote what is Filipino”

Danny Lim

“ I am an avid student of history. I believe it is imperative that we know who we are and where we have been, in order to chart the course for our future. Since this clearly has been a long ignored thrust, I have made this one of my primary aims.”

Alex Lacson

Lacson urges Filipinos to speak positively about the country when with foreigners (12 Little Things every filipino can do for the country)

Risa Hontiveros

Suggested that Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines (RA 8491) should be amended to allow artists to deliver new but still reverential rendition of the national anthem.

Ralph Recto

Pushed for Film Development Council Law, which supports the development and growth of the local film industry through the grant of rewards and incentives to locally produced movies of high quality.

Ruffy Biazon

Proposed The National Museum Act which proposes to increase the revolving fund of the National Museum from two million pesos to five million pesos.

Supported the Strengthening And Enhancing The Use Of English As The Medium Of Instruction Act

Teofisto Guingona III

Sponsored an act declaring ‘habal-habal’ or two-wheeled public transport motorcycle, as a legitimate means of public transportation and classifying it as a public land transportation utility, providing for its regulation

Sonia Roco

Has an articulated, defined and concrete program to pursue nationalism.


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