With election season fast approaching, now’s the perfect time to do your research on the possible presidential candidates. We’ve put together a brief profile on each potential candidate for your reference.
Rodrigo Duterte – Although he has yet to declare his candidacy, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is a popular choice among many voters, particularly on social media. Idolized for his “iron fist” stance on crime, his notable accomplishments can be seen in Davao City, dubbed as the 9th safest city in the world. Most recently, Duterte has stirred controversy for confirming ties to the Davao Death Squad.
Grace Poe – Reportedly in talks with President Noynoy Aquino to be the liberal party’s standard bearer in the 2016 elections, Sen. Grace Poe, daughter of actor and presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr., has expressed interest in a possible 2016 run with close friend and fellow senator, Chiz Escudero. Poe continues to enjoy rising ratings in the latest election surveys, with VP Jejomar Binay hitting the independent senator for her lack of experience.
Mar Roxas – Current DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, who once tried to run for president in the 2010 elections, saw a dip in popularity after the much-maligned effort of the DILG in assisting the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Despite this, Roxas is still eyeing another run for office, with wife Korina Sanchez calling him the best candidate for the presidency.
Bongbong Marcos – The son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos is said to be mulling plans to run for the presidency in 2016, although his default plan is to seek reelection for his senate seat. A popular choice among Marcos loyalists, Bongbong has been in the spotlight for his strong efforts in scrutinizing the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law.
Jejomar Binay – Embattled Vice President Jejomar Binay continues to lead polls for the 2016 presidential race, this despite evading accusations of graft and corruption during his time as Makati mayor. Relying on his accomplishments in the country’s prime business city, Binay is adamant in his bid for higher office, touting his executive experience.
Miriam Defensor Santiago – Social media darling Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, who seems to have made a miraculous recovery from cancer, continues to be a crowd favorite, especially among students and the youth, who view her as an outspoken advocate against corruption. She once tweeted, “In the 2016 presidential elections, when I am rid of my lung cancer, I intend to claim the presidency I won in 1992.”