- Far Eastern University - Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation Institute of Medicine
- FEU Institute of Law
- University of the East College of Law
Atty/Dr. Leo Olarte is both a lawyer and a medical doctor specializing in orthopedics. He was the president of the Philippine Medical Association from 2013 to 2014 and is the current president of Clean Air Philippines Movement, Incorporated.
He is also a professor of law at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law and the University of the East College of Law.
In his first electoral bid, Olarte is campaigning on investing in research and development programs and infrastructure and providing free health insurance for every Filipino. Across interviews, Olarte has emphasized the need of the Senate for a member coming from the medical field to lead the government’s pandemic response.
The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any
- Enact a law that would provide the country with its own laboratory
- Focus on research and development to be able to make our own vaccines and supplements against COVID-19
Ensure that every Filipino has health insurance
- Improve the quality of education, mainly focusing on science and technology
- Make education free for students from primary level to secondary level
- Provide free snacks and lunch to all students.
The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so
Olarte was the president of the Philippine Medical Association from 2013 to 2014.
He and four previous PMA heads faced ethics cases before the Professional Regulation Commission for alleged fraud in the registration of the Philippine Society for Stem Cell Medicine with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PRC Chair Teresita Manzala also accused them of forging her signature in the PRC endorsement for the incorporation of PSSCM. Olarte claimed that Manzala filed such ethics cases to ruin his chances of winning reelection as PMA president, with Manzala siding with doctors who oppose stem cell medicine. He also denied forging her signature, further claiming that PMA paid a private trading company to process PSSCM’s registration with the SEC.
Olarte was replaced as PMA head due to the pending ethics case and tax evasion charges filed by the BIR.
Olarte also teaches legal medicine and law at several universities.
Former Vice President for Visayas
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|
Non-payment of taxes
The BIR said Olarte owes the government P2.93 million in deficiency taxes, inclusive of surcharges and interests, for the taxable years of 2006-2012
|BIR filed a tax evasion complaint at the Department of Justice on Mar. 27, 2014||A fine of not less than P500,000 but not more than P10,000,000 and imprisonment of not less than six years but not more than 10 years||As of this writing, there are no publicly available records on the status updates on such charges|
Professional Regulation Commission Chair Teresita Manzala accused Olarte and 4 others of forging her signature in the PRC endorsement submitted for the incorporation of the Philippine Society for Stem Cell Medicine with the Securities and Exchange Commission
Olarte denied the allegations, saying that the cases were filed to ruin his PMA reelection bid and in opposition to his support for stem cell medicine and treatment. He also denied forging Manzala’s signature, claiming that PMA had hired a private firm to process the SEC registration
|As of this writing, there are no publicly available records on the status updates on such charges|
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The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so
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Studied at Mountain View College (Bukidnon)
●President, Clean Air Philippines Movement Incorporated, current
●Professor on Legal Medicine, Far Eastern University- Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation Institute of Medicine
●Professor of Law, FEU Institute of Law and University of the East College of Law
●President, Philippine Medical Association, 2013-2014
●Former vice president, Philippine Hospital Association