Rizalito David, 60, is a pro-life advocate and perennial candidate for public office.
A near-constant presence in previous elections, he filed two unsuccessful petitions to disqualify Senator Grace Poe and then-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from the presidential race in 2016. This was after he was declared a nuisance candidate for the same race.
David also made failed bids for the Senate in 2010 and 2013, campaigning on his experience as a legislative staff member and political consultant.
He has long-espoused stances which he says are guided by his Catholic faith, including opposition to what he claims are the “anti-life” provisions of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, same-sex marriage, abortion and divorce.
In 2022, David is running for vice president on a platform of centering faith in the formation of policies, restoration of confidence in government, and cultural revival. He is also advancing his tandem with Jose Montemayor as a supposed alternative to the political control of oligarchical families in the country, to combat the amorality and cynicism of the general public and promote faith restoration.
Although he vows a science-based approach to the pandemic, David himself claims that the COVID-19 vaccine somehow differs from older vaccines since the former are authorized only for emergency use in the Philippines. In particular, he maintains that the long-term consequences of the vaccines using messenger RNA are still unknown despite the World Health Organization repeatedly confirming that mRNA vaccine technology has been studied for over a decade.
The WHO maintains that mRNA vaccines have been rigorously assessed for safety and clinical trials have shown that they provide a long-lasting immune response. Further, mRNA vaccines are not live virus vaccines and do not interfere with human DNA.
David also opposes mandatory vaccination against COVID-19, citing his belief in each person’s right to informed consent.
The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any
Push for the creation of a national commission on moral regeneration and cultural restoration, that:
- Will be the banner program of the administration;
- Will be headed by David;
- Seeks to re-establish moral standards and norms, restore confidence on public service and inspire collective will to do what is right and just
- Does not agree with mandatory vaccine or other protocols; government must base its strategy on scientific knowledge and informed consent of the public
- Dissolve the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases
- Establish a truth commission to investigate all corruption of all past administrations
- Establish a separate commission to investigate how the pandemic was handled, with certainty of getting caught and prosecution being the goal and aided by a special court for speedy disposition of cases
Return emphasis on teaching good manners and right conduct at the elementary level, poetry at the high school level and quantum mechanics and relativity principles at the tertiary level - to cultivate personal values, interpersonal affection and abstraction skills
The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so
In his campaigns for public office, David claimed that his extensive experience in various legislative staffs, background in sociology and environmental studies and experience in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources gave him an edge. According to him, he worked on the Clean Air Act, the Solid Waste Management Act, the Clean Water Act and the Philippine Mining Law.
Actions and/or proceedings pending against or resolved in courts or tribunals involving the candidate, based on publicly available information
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Key details about the candidate's campaign
Candidate's major donors and campaign funding sources
The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so
- R - restore sacredness in public service and governance
- E - establish a modern and dignified Filipino nation (empower, not patronize the poor)
- B - build an economy that produces its own durable goods (industrialization)
- U - undertake popularization of ownership of resources and what we consume (broaden public ownership stakes in vital industries; treat citizens as industrial partners not debtors of the government in investment programs)
- I - institute lasting peace based on justice and equity (continue talking peace)
- L - live our lives in anchor with our faith
- D - de-institutionalize all vestiges of colonial and feudal arrangements
As advocate and public office aspirant since 2016
Promoted the “Koalisyong Katoliko Kristyano Party, composed of leaders of various Catholic charismatic communities nationwide” after being expelled from the Ang Kapatiran Party
Promotes “pro-life” policies which he says are rooted in his Catholic faith, including:
- Opposition to and promise to repeal the “anti-life” Reproductive Health Law
- Anti-political dynasty
- Abolition of pork barrel
- Legislated gun control
- Passage of freedom of information bill
As a senatorial candidate in 2013
Ongoing support for policies, although shifted organizations from Ang Kapatiran Party to Koalisyong Katoliko Kristyano Party
Various positions at the DENR and legislative staffs in both chambers of Congress
Basic information on the candidate's family, background and work experience
•Sociology and Environmental Science (minor in Rural Development), University of the Philippines - Los Baños
•Council Member, Koalisyong Katoliko Kristyano
•Executive Director, Pro-Life Philippoines, Inc.
•Radio commentator, Radio Veritas, Gising Kapatid and Turo ni Ina
•Head Executive Assistant and Political Affairs Director, Sen. Robert Jaworski, Philippine Senate, 1998 - 2004
•Consultant on Political Affairs and Head of Political Operations in Mindanao, Deputy Speaker Hernando Perez, Houses of Representatives, 1997 - 1998
•Executive Assistant (1993 - 1995) and Political Affairs Director (1995 - 1996), Sen. Francisco Tatad, Philippine Senate
•Chief, Research Monitoring Staff, Liberal Party-PDP Laban 1992 Presidential Elections, 1992
•Former Chief, Strategic Planning Section, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 1990 - 1992
•Former Instructor, Social Sciences and History and Researcher, UP - Los Baños, 1989