The Philippine Senate is made up of 24 senators who serve six-year terms and are re-elected every three years.
Here are the Philippines’ 12 New Senators
Jinggoy Estrada makes his return to the Senate in 2022 after previously serving for 2 terms. He is the principal author of the Kasambahay law along with his half-brother JV. He was charged in 2014 with plunder for involvement in the PDAF scam and was arrested for allegedly violating lockdown in 2020.
Born on February 17, 1963 (age 59), Manila Total Votes: 14,966,887 Political Party: Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino
Risa Hontiveros, the first Akbayan party-list member to be senator, has authored laws focusing on mental health, healthcare, women, children, and PWDs. She also is the proponent of the SOGIE Equality Bill.
Born on February 24, 1966 (age 56), Manila Total Votes: 15,273,594 Political Party: Akbayan
Son of former president Joseph Estrada, JV Ejercito has served one SEnate term from 2013 to 2019 and as the representative of San Juan from 2010 to 2013. He is the principal author of the Kasambahay law along with his half-brother Jinggoy.
Born on December 26, 1969 (age 52), Manila Total Votes: 15,688,993 Political Party: Nationalist People's Coalition
Incumbent senator Joel Villanueva, nicknamed “Tesdaman” has authored laws on education and labor. He was appointed head of TESDA from 2010 to 2015, implementing the agency’s online program.
Born on August 2, 1975 (age 46), Bocaue Total Votes: 18,300,955 Political Party: Independent
Reelectionist Migz Zubiri hails from a political clan in Mindanao. As Senate majority leader since 2018, he has authored 16 laws and voted to extend martial law in Mindanao in 2019.
Born on April 13, 1969 (age 53), Makati Total Votes: 18,582,962 Political Party: Independent
Alan Peter Cayetano
Taguig-Pateros’ first district representative Alan Cayetano was elected House Speaker from 2019 to 2020. During his term, he faced the controversial denial of the ABS-CBN franchise and authored pandemic response laws Bayanihan 1 and 2.
Born on October 28, 1970 (age 51), Mandaluyong Total Votes: 19,079,581 Political Party: Independent
Mark Villar is a former Department of Public Works and Highway secretary under the Dueterte administration known for facilitating the ambitious Build, Build, Build program.
Born on August 14, 1978 (age 43), Las Piñas Total Votes: 19,210,280 Political Party: Nacionalista Party
Born to a family of Sorsogon politicians, Chiz Escudero has served in both chambers of Congress. He was a representative for Sorsogon as well as a House minority leader.
Born on October 10, 1969 (age 52), Manila Total Votes: 20,050,377 Political Party: Nationalist People's Coalition
A former mayor of Valenzuela City and incumbent senator, Win Gatchalian authored laws focusing on education and energy.
Born on April 6, 1974 (age 48), Manila Total Votes: 20,376,009 Political Party: Nationalist People's Coalition
Raffy Tulfo is a broadcast journalist known for his radio programs Wanted sa Radyo and Idol in Action wherein listeners would call to ask for help resolving concerns such as relationship troubles and social injustices.
Born on March 12, 1960 (age 62), Davao City Total Votes: 23,166,449 Political Party: Independent
Loren Legarda is a broadcast journalist and environmentalist with over 30 years of experience in Congress. She authored the Climate Change Act and the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Act.
Born on January 28, 1960 (age 62), Malabon Total Votes: 23,992,761 Political Party: Nationalist People's Coalition
Robin Padilla is an actor known as the “Bad Boy” of Philippine cinema. Prior to running for senator, he served as a chairperson of the strategic communications arm of the Philippine Army Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board.
Born on November 23, 1969 (age 52), Daet Total Votes: 25,454,562 Political Party: PDP-Laban