Category Archives: 2016 Philippine Elections

2016 In Retrospect


2016 started with hope and promise.

Time, perhaps, to help change history both in the Philippines and the United States with our votes.  Depending on who you voted for, there was elation or disappointment.  But the verdict is not yet out.  The coming year, or years, will tell and history will judge.

In this “master” blog, I’ve included three blogs  which are retrospective views (although political in nature) of 2016.


Philippines – 2016 – The Year in Retrospect

Enough is Enough, Let’s Move On


The people have spoken through their votes.  Rodrigo Duterte is the next president of the Philippines and Leni Robredo is leading the count to be the elected vice-president.

Let’s move on and let the elective process continue, take its course, and end.  Mar, Grace and Jojo have conceded to Rody.  All the other VP candidates, except Bongbong, have all but accepted that Leni won.

Martial Law, Edjop, Ditto and Jun (and Bongbong)


There are forgotten heroes who died during the tyrannical Martial Law regime of Ferdinand Marcos.  Among them are Edgar Jopson (Edjop), Abraham Sarmiento, Jr. (Ditto), and Artemio Celestial, Jr. (Jun).  I had the honor of being in school with them – Ditto was my classmate in high school, Edjop was ahead by one year in high school and college, and I was ahead of Jun by a year.

For those of us who came into adulthood during Martial Law, it was a tumultuous, traumatic, and uncertain time.  We lost a lot during martial law.  We lost our political innocence.  We lost our sense of security and certainty about the future.  We lost our naivety. We lost 25 years of economic growth. We lost friends.

Why I Will Vote for Mar Roxas as the Next President of the Philippines


What can I tell the future generation of Filipinos?

That we were almost there?

That we lost it?

That we were on the cusp of greatness and prosperity and that we blew it?

That we did not elect the right president in 2016?


Where are we now?

During the past five years of the PNoy Aquino administration, the Philippine economy has grown steadily at an average rate of 6.2 percent a year, which has been the highest in the past 40 years.  After having lagged behind other Asian economies and dubbed the “Sick Man of Asia”, the Philippines is now one of the more dynamic economies in the world and the country is seen as having the potential of sustained economic growth in the coming years.

There’s a “New” Guy in Town — Duterte



 Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte

 Party:  PDP-Laban

 Born      Rodrigo Roa Duterte

March 28, 1945 (age 70)
Maasin City, Southern Leyte

 Civil Status: Married to Elizabeth Zimmerman (annulled); Domestic Partner: Honeylet Avancena

Children:  Paolo, Sara, Sebastian, Veronica

Parents:  Vicente G. Duterte of Cebu (who served as Governor of Davao) and Soledad Roa of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte


  • Duterte finished his secondary education at the Holy Cross Academy of Digos in Digos City, Davao del Sur, after also attending Ateneo de Davao
  • He graduated in 1986 with aBachelor of Arts degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila

2016 Philippine Presidential Scorecard



Here is my attempt to rate the top four Philippine presidential candidates in the 2016 elections.  The ratings are based on facts as well as the opinion/analysis of the candidates’ background, track record, and policies/positions.

Here it is:

presidential scorecard table

Please click on graphic for a larger and clearer image.

Mar Roxas comes up on top, based on the criteria above.  He would be the most qualified and exhibits the best leadership qualities to lead the country in the next 6 years. Mar should be the next president of the Philippines.

Some notes on the ranking:

2016 Philippine Presidential Candidates (Top 4) – Bio







Manuel “Mar” Roxas

 Party:  Liberal Party

Born:      Manuel Araneta Roxas ll
May 13, 1957 (age 58)
Manila, Philippines

Civil Status:  Married to broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez

Child: Paolo Roxas

Parents:  Judy Araneta of Bago City, Negros Occidental and Gerardo Roxas (1924–1982) of Capiz


  • Roxas finished primary education at the Ateneo de Manila Grade School in 1970 and completed his secondary education at the Ateneo de Manila High School in 1974.
  • He graduated with a degree in Economics at Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.