SENATORIAL CANDIDATE
19. DEL ROSARIO, MONSOUR
PARTIDO PARA SA DEMOKRATIKONG REPORMA

Monsour del Rosario, 56, is a former Olympian, taekwondo champion, actor and politician, who has contested several electoral races in Makati City to mixed results.

In 2010 and 2013, he was elected as councilor of the 1st District of Makati City after failing in his initial attempt for the same position in 2007. He successfully ran to represent the same district in 2016.

As a one-term House representative, del Rosario principally authored at least 30 bills and passed one into law, Republic Act No. 11165 or the Telecommuting Act in 2018. He also continued to lead national taekwondo teams in international competitions during his tenure as councilor and representative.

Del Rosario ran for vice mayor of Makati City in 2019, alongside former Makati Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. after the latter was dismissed from office in October 2015 by the Office of the Ombudsman over the Makati City Hall Building 2 overpricing scandal. After the 10th Division of the Court of Appeals overturned the dismissal, Binay was allowed to run for mayor by the Commission on Elections since the Ombudsman ruling had not yet become final and executory. They both lost to the incumbents, with del Rosario ranking second in the race with 105,153 votes.

For his first Senate race, Del Rosario is campaigning on his support for health care workers, athletes and farmers. He is running under the slate of Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

He backs amending the 1987 Constitution to lift foreign ownership limits, peace talks with communist rebels, reinstating the death penalty for illegal drug trading, disclosing the wealth declarations of public officials and co-authored the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression Equality Bill in the lower house. He also says he is inclined to support the legalization of divorce.

Del Rosario was previously included in the Senate slate of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto III but shifted his support to the presidential bid of Vice President Leni Robredo, following Sen. Lacson’s split from Partido Reporma. Del Rosario has been added to the senatorial ticket of the 1Sambayan opposition coalition.

Platform and Policy
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The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any

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Health
 
Agricultural reform
 
Education
 
Support for athletes
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Establish a healthcare heroes card, to provide discounts and benefits to healthcare works, along with increased pay
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Establish an agricultural inter-agency monitoring and compliance council, for modernization purposes
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Establish an agricultural inter-agency monitoring and compliance council, for modernization purposes
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Filed House Bill 1667, or the Free and Suitable Public Education for Differently-Abled Children Act
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Create a retirement fund for athletes, both as safety net and as incentive to stay in the country and train the next generation of competitors
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Major Accomplishments
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The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so


Public Office


Del Rosario started his public service career as councilor of the 1st District of Makati City.


In July 2014, del Rosario was impleaded in the initial complaint for plunder and graft filed by two registered Makati voters (part of the Save Makati Movement) before the Office of the Ombudsman against then-Vice President Jejomar Binay, then-Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, the COA resident auditor, and city councilors from 2007 to 2013, for approving the parking building project with an “enormous overprice of more than P1.31 billion” in 2007. However, del Rosario was not formally charged before the Sandiganbayan in February 2016 when the Office of the Special Prosecutor filed formal charges for graft violations and falsification of public documents against Junjun Binay, along with other former Makati City officials.


As a one-term lawmaker in the lower house, del Rosario principally authored at least 30 bills, one of which was passed into law, the Telecommuting Act in 2018, which recognized telecommuting arrangements as voluntarily agreed to by an employer and employee and ensured that telecommuting employees are given the same treatment as that of comparable employees working at the employer’s premises. While the law was initially intended to enhance workers’ welfare by allowing both employers and employees to take advantage of technological advances that open up alternative means of carrying out work, flexible work arrangements and telecommuting have become an absolute necessity for many employment set-ups during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, “hybrid” arrangements involving both on-site and work-from-home components may continue to be utilized at some enterprises, stressing the need for the fair treatment guarantee under R.A. 11165.


When del Rosario ran for Makati City vice mayor in the 2019 election, he was accused by incumbent Mayor Abby Binay of being largely absent from his public duties, or at least from the public eye, implying during an October 2018 press conference that he was physically non-existent as a Makati representative due to his focus on athletics and entertainment. Del Rosario defended his record, asserting that he had filed more bills in the lower house than his 2019 opponent, Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo. Both Abby Binay and Lagdameo won in 2019.

R. A. No. 11165 or the Telecommuting Act
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Position/Date
Principal Author, 2017
Status
Approved by the president on Dec. 20, 2018

Private Sector


Del Rosario is a martial arts expert, specializing in taekwondo. He competed and medalled in several national and international contests, earning gold medals in the 14th and 15th Southeast Asian Games as well as a bronze medal in the 10th Asian Games, and reaching the quarterfinal round during the 1988 Seoul Olympics Games.

Del Rosario parlayed his exposure from his athletic feats to a show business career, appearing in several movies and television shows.

He continues to be a leading figure in taekwondo; he would later on coach and lead the national taekwondo team and head taekwondo associations.

Martial Arts Combat Sports Council of the Philippines
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Position/Date
Founding chairman, 2016-present
Philippine Taekwondo Association
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Position/Date
President/Secretary General, 2010-present
Athletic achievements
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    ● Head, Philippine Taekwondo Team, November 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Manila
    ● Chef de Mission, November 2016 World Juniors Taekwondo Championships, Burnaby,Canada
    ● Head of National Taekwondo Team, 17th Asian Games Incheon, South Korea (October 2014) and 28th Southeast Asian Games (June 2015)
    ● Deputy Chef de Mission, 27th Southeast Asian Games (Myanmar 2013)
    ● Competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games,
    ● Team captain, Philippine Taekwondo Team, 1985-1989
    ● Eight-time National Lightweight taekwondo champion, 1982-1989
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Taekwondo champion
Acting
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Acted in several action films and television programs
Position/Date
1986-2018

Four other cases (please refer to the Appendix below)

Actions and/or Proceedings
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Actions and/or proceedings pending against or resolved in courts or tribunals involving the candidate, based on publicly available information


Resolved Actions and/or Proceedings

Subject Matter Relevant Dates Accrued Liability Status
Plunder, and violation of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

Filed by two registered Makati voters (part of the Save Makati Movement) against then-Vice President Jejomar Binay, then-Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, the COA resident auditor, and city councilors from 2007 to 2013, including del Rosario, for approving a parking building project with an “enormous overprice of more than P1.31 billion” in 2007
Construction project started in 2007

Complaint filed before the Ombudsman on July 22, 2014

Del Rosario was not formally charged before the Sandiganbayan in February 2016 when the Office of the Special Prosecutor filed formal charges for graft violations and falsification of public documents against Junjun Binay, along with other former Makati City officials
None Resolved
Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth
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Also known as SALN, this document is a declaration of one's personal finances. Philippine Law requires the SALN to be submitted by all public officials and employees to the Ombudsman. Public officials and employees may opt to voluntarily disclose their SALN to the public.

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Campaign Details
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Key details about the candidate's campaign

Alliances and Endorsements: Included in the Senate slate of the 1Sambayan opposition coalition
Party History:
Nacionalista Party-United Action Team
2010 and 2013
Partido para sa Demokratikong Reporma
2021-present
Major Donors
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Candidate's major donors and campaign funding sources

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Major Advocacies
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The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so

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Personal Details
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Basic information on the candidate's family, background and work experience

Name to appear on the ballot: DEL ROSARIO, MONSOUR
Full Name: Manuel Monsour Tabib del Rosario III
Birthdate: May 11, 1965 (56 years old on election day)
Birthplace: Manila, Metro Manila
Residence: Makati City, Metro Manila
Religion: NA
Languages Spoken: Filipino, English, Ilonggo
Parents: NA
Siblings: NA
Marital Status: Married, Joy Zapanta
Children: NA
Education:

•B. A. in Applied Humanities and Communications Arts, De La Salle University, Manila

Work Experience:

•Head, Philippine Taekwondo Team, 2019 Southeast Asian Games (Manila), November 2019

•Chef de Mission, Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (Turkmenistan), September 2017

•Representative of 1st District, Makati City, House of Representatives, 2016-2019

•President and Secretary General, Philippine Taekwondo Association, 2010-present

•Founding chairman, Martial Arts Combat Sports Council of the Philippines, 2016-present

•Ambassador representing the Philippine Taekwondo Association to the World, Taekwondo Association

•Councilor, 1st District of Makati City, 2010-2013, 2013-2016