Herbert "Bistek" Bautista, 53, is an actor and politician who has served in public office for more than 30 years. He most recently served as mayor of Quezon City from 2010 to 2019, the maximum number of consecutive terms allowed by law.
Bautista began his political career when he was elected president of Kabataang Barangay National Federation. The Kabataang Barangay was a youth organization established by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1975 and the precursor of the Sangguniang Kabataan which was established in 1986.
As mayor of the capital region’s largest city, Bautista oversaw several socialized housing and disaster risk reduction management projects. He also spearheaded the establishment of Klinika Bernardo, the first clinic in the Philippines founded to reach out to more individuals at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.
During his years in public office, Bautista faced plunder and graft charges for alleged misuse of public funds.
If elected to the Senate, Bautista said he plans to file bills to benefit the local TV and movie industry. He also wants to push for bills that will promote local products which should help in strengthening our national pride.
Bautista is included in the senatorial slate of the UniTeam tandem of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Sara Duterte. Although he acknowledges the human rights violations perpetrated by the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Bautista says he believes the former’s son and namesake has learned from history and will not repeat his father’s mistakes.
The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any
Urged discarding of the practice of endo and contractualization and promised to look into why President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the anti-endo bill
Said he would push for housing for all
As QC mayor, oversaw the establishment of socialized housing program Bistekville which aimed to develop slum-free communities
Plans to file bills to benefit workers in the local TV and movie industry
Push for bills that would cater to local products such as food, fabric, etc., to boost and strengthen national pride.
The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so
After serving as city councilor and vice mayor of Quezon City from 1992 to 1998, Bautista ran and lost his first bid for mayor of QC in 1998.
Bautista served three consecutive terms for vice mayor from 2001 to 2010. As QC vice mayor, Bautista was among the authors of the Green Building Ordinance. This ordinance was passed to promote and protect the interrelationship of the city’s natural ecosystems and urban development.
Bautista then won three straight mayoral elections. As Mayor, Kilinka Bernanrdo and Bistekville were among his key projects.
Bautista returned to the private sector until 2020 when he joined the 1502 Ready Reserve IB PH Army as commanding general. He reached the rank of brigadier general of the Philippine Army but was relieved of official positions in the Army Reserve Command upon running for office.
Quezon City vice mayor, 2009
Quezon City mayor, 2012
Quezon City mayor
Before entering public service, Baustista was a popular TV and film actor. After serving his last term as mayor, he returned to acting.
- Bagets (1984)
- Shake, Rattle and Roll Fourteen: The Invasion (2012)
- Raketeros (2013)
- Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin (2016)
- Silly Red Shoes (2019)
- Bubble Gang (2014)
- Make it with you (2020)
- The House Arrest of Us (2020)
- Puto (2021)
Actions and/or proceedings pending against or resolved in courts or tribunals involving the candidate, based on publicly available information
Pending Actions and/or Proceedings
|Subject Matter||Relevant Dates||Potential Liability||Status|
Following then QC Mayor Bautista’s admission that his brother Hero Bautista, councilor for the 4th District of QC, tested positive for marijuana and shabu in a voluntary drug test in the QC City Hall, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption filed a complaint against Herbert Bautista and Hero Bautista for violations of:
||Complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman on Aug. 26, 2016||Potential criminal and administrative penalties||Pending|
|Plunder complaint filed against former QC Mayor Herbert Bautista and several others for allegedly illegal disbursement of P263 million for the QC Smart City Data Infrastructure project||Filed before the Office of the Ombudsman on Feb. 3, 2020||Potential criminal and administrative penalties||Pending|
|The QC government filed a graft complaint against former Mayor Bautista and other ex-city officials for their alleged involvement in the unauthorized release of more than P25 million in public funds for a solar power project||Filed and pending before the Office of the Ombudsman on Mar. 3, 2020||Potential criminal and administrative penalties||Pending|
Resolved Actions and/or Proceedings pending against or resolved in courts or tribunals involving the candidate, based on publicly available information
|Subject Matter||Relevant Dates||Accrued Liability||Status|
|P106.2-million plunder and graft charges were filed pertaining to Bautista’s alleged food purchases amounting to P106 million without appropriate public bidding||2010||The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed the complaints for lack of probable cause on January 2012|
The Manila Seedling Bank Foundation Inc. filed graft charges against Bautista and six others over the alleged illegal takeover of the local government of a 7-hectare land in North Triangle
The QC government took over the property after MSBFI’s alleged failure to pay P59 million in taxes, but MSBFI asserted that it was exempt from paying taxes
|2012||The Office of the Ombudsman did not press charges against the other officials named in Ligeralde’s complaint including QC Mayor Bautista|
|Jose Ferrer, a private property owner filed a petition for certiorari seeking to declare unconstitutional Ordinances Nos. SP-2095, S-2011 and SP-2235, S-2013 on the the imposition of Socialized Housing Tax and Garbage Fee||Filed with the Supreme Court on Jan. 17, 2014||The SC upheld the constitutionality of Ordinance No. SP-2095, S-2011, or the "Socialized Housing Tax of Quezon City. But the SC ruled that Ordinance No. SP-2235, S-2013, which collects an annual garbage fee on all domestic households in Quezon City is unconstitutional and ordered the refund of the sums of money collected relative to its enforcement|
Carlos de Leon, a businessman, filed qualified theft and estafa cases against then QC VIce Mayor Bautista and Hero Bautista, for allegedly seizing a tarpaulin printing machine worth P1.2 million
Bautista denied the allegations and called it political harassment due to the upcoming 2010 mayoral elections
|Filed before the QC Prosecutor’s Office in January 2010||QC Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the complaint for lack of evidence in May 2010|
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*As of December 31, 2017
Key details about the candidate's campaign
Included in the senatorial slate of the UniTeam coalition of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Sara Duterte
Candidate's major donors and campaign funding sources
The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so
- Launched projects such as the Sundown Clinic in response to a significant increase in HIV infections among the gay community
- Support for same-sex marriage since 2014
- In 2014, approved QC’s “Gender-Fair” Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination against people’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression
- In March 2013, established the QC Pride Council, which is supposed to integrate the city’vs programs with the LGBT community
Status: In a press conference in 2021, he continued to express his support for same-sex marriage
- Spearheaded the Green Building Ordinance with incentives for site conservation, sustainable water, energy and material use, and good indoor environmental quality.
- Implemented ordinances regulating the use of plastic bags, to reduce plastic waste in QC’s waterways and drainage systems, amounting to 719 cubic meters daily
- Initiated projects like conversion of streetlights to more energy-efficient LED lighting, as part of the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Capacity Building Program
- Sought a unified action plan for climate change adaptation that will cover all cities and municipalities in the country
Basic information on the candidate's family, background and work experience
- Herminio "Butch" Bautista, father, QC Councilor (1988-1992), actor-director
- Rosario "Baby" Maclang Bautista, mother
- Harlene M. Bautista, actress
- Hero Clarence M. Bautista, City Councilor, Quezon City
Children with Eloisa Matias:
- Cray Matias
- Race Matias
- Harvey Gana
- Athena Gana
●Master of Arts in Public Administration, University of the Philippines Diliman
●Masters in National Security Administration, National Defense College of the Philippines
●Baccalaureate degree in Philosophy and Arts, San Beda College of Manila, 1992
●Mayor, Quezon City, 2010-2019
●Commissioner, National Youth Commission, 1998
●Vice Mayor, Quezon City, 1995-1998; 2001-2010
●City Councilor, 3rd District of Quezon City, 1992-1995
●President of the Kabataang Barangay-National Federation, 1986-1986
●Philippine Army, Army Reserve Command:
- Brigadier General, 2020 but relieved from his post upon filing for candidacy for the 2022 elections
- Colonel, 2017
|HIV||Human Immunodeficiency Virus|
|AIDS||Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome|
|LGBTQ||Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning|