Kiko Pangilinan, 58, is an incumbent senator and the president of the once-ruling Liberal Party.
Prior to his marriage to actress Sharon Cuneta in 1996 and his election to the Senate in 2001, he gained fame as a legal commentator in various mass media programs. Pangilinan has served three terms as senator, briefly interrupted by his appointment as food security czar from 2014 to 2015.
As chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Food Committee he pushed for the support of the agricultural and fisheries sector, particularly in the 18th Congress. He also currently sits as chairman of the Senate panel on constitutional amendments.
Pangilinan was the lone negative vote on Senate Bill 1564, which was passed as Republic Act No. 11494, or Bayanihan II, which allocates a P140 billion standby fund for a variety of recovery programs to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. He cited the alleged misuse of the funds appropriated under R.A. 11469, or Bayanihan I, and the failed efforts to curb the spread of infections despite severe mitigation measures imposed on the Filipino people.
He is also one of two senators who voted against the passage of the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
Pangilinan decided to forego his Senate reelection bid to run alongside Vice President Leni Robredo who is seeking the presidency in 2022 as an independent candidate. He is campaigning on ensuring food security, managing the pandemic and addressing corruption.
The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any
Sufficient, affordable and nutritious food for each Filipino and family
- Increase the revenue of farmers
- Increase support for the agricultural sector
Principal author and sponsor:
- R.A. No. 11321 (Sagip Saka Act) - local and national government to directly purchase goods from farmers and fishermen to increase their income and ensure food security
- R.A. No. 11524 (Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act) - creation and funding of a 50-year, P75 billion trust fund from coco levy
- RA No. 11511 (Amending the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010) - ensures that small farmers and organizations engaged in organic farming gets priority in delivery of support services for sustainable farming
The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so
As a three-term member of the Senate, Pangilinan authored 103 bills. Of these bills, 11 that he principally authored were passed into law. In the 18th Congress, three of his bills in support of the agricultural and fisheries sector were passed, including R.A. No. 11524 or the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act, which mandates the creation of a 50-year trust fund and the transfer of at least P75 billion of accumulated coco levy to the trust fund from 2021 to 2025.
He is one of four opposition senators in a chamber mostly allied with President Rodrigo Duterte. All four of them have been the subject of the chief executive’s ire on multiple occasions.
Pangilinan, in particular, was criticized by Duterte for his authorship and support of R.A. No. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006. Duterte and some members of the House of Representatives at the time favored lowering the age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to over nine years old, in contrast to the provisions of R.A. No. 9344 which place responsibility on criminal syndicates and not young offenders.
In May 2018, Pangilinan and other opposition senators filed a petition with the Supreme Court assailing Duterte’s unilateral act of withdrawal from the Rome Statute (and the International Criminal Court) in March as unconstitutional. The SC unanimously dismissed the petition for being moot and academic while also recognizing that the president’s power to withdraw from treaties is not unlimited. The petitioners hailed the ruling as a victory, noting that the SC opined that the withdrawal does not discharge the state from its duty to cooperate with the ICC in all investigations and proceedings started before the withdrawal, including the one-year period before the effectivity of the withdrawal. Malacañang, however, reiterated that the Philippine government would not cooperate with the ICC’s investigation on the drug war killings.
Pangilinan was also the lone negative vote on Bayanihan II, which he explained was due to allegations of COVID-19 funds misuse and the “mediocre leadership” of Francisco Duque III, the Health Secretary and chairperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Most recently, he has called for amendments to the Cybercrime Prevention Act, R.A. No. 10175, “as technology and social media platforms become more and more integrated in the everyday lives of Filipinos.” The Cybercrime Prevention Act also includes the prohibition against cyber libel. In July 2021, Pangilinan filed two cyber libel complaints before the Department of Justice against YouTube channels for allegedly spreading false information about him and his wife. YouTube has since taken down said videos. In February 2022, Pangilinan again filed a cyber libel complaint against a YouTube channel for spreading videos seeking to baselessly damage his and his family’s reputation.
Approved: Feb. 26, 2021
Principal author and co-sponsor, 2019
Approved: Dec. 23, 2020
Principal author and co-sponsor, 2016
Approved by the president on Aug. 2, 2017
Principal author and sponsor, 2018
Approved by the president on Apr. 17, 2019
Principal author, 2018
Approved by the president on Feb. 20, 2019
Actions and/or proceedings pending against or resolved in courts or tribunals involving the candidate, based on publicly available information
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* As of Dec. 31, 2020
Key details about the candidate's campaign
Running mate of Leni Robredo in 2022
Endorsed by opposition coalition 1Sambayan, the Liberal Party
Candidate's major donors and campaign funding sources
The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so
- Ayudang Bigas para sa panahon ng Enhanced Community Quarantine (Rice Distribution during ECQ) and other ayuda outreach
- Sagip Saka - direct sales of goods from farmers and fishermen to consumers
- Tablet operations - delivery of free tablets to students
Senator, 2021 to present
Basic information on the candidate's family, background and work experience
Emma Monasterial Nepomuceno, mother, public school teacher
Angeli Pangilinan, talent manager
Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas, managing director; business owner
John Raymund Pangilinan, architect
Maria Kristina Cassandra Cuneta Concepcion
Simone Francesca Emmanuelle Cuneta Pangilinan
Mariel Daniella Sophia Cuneta Pangilinan
Miguel Samuel Mateo Pangilinan
•Bachelor of Arts in English, Major in Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman
•Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines Diliman
•Masters in Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University Cambridge, 1997
•Member, Senate Electoral Tribunal 18th Congress, July 2020 – present
•Campaign Manager, Otso Diretso Senate slate (Liberal Party coalition), Feb. - May 2019
•Minority Leader, Commission on Appointments 17th to 18th Congress, May 2017 – June 2020
•Senator 17th to 18th Congress, June 2016 – present
•Cabinet Secretary, Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural
•Modernization - Office of the President, May 2014 – Sept. 2015
•Campaign Manager, Liberal Party Senate slate, Feb. - May 2010
•Senate Majority Leader, 2004 – 2008
•Senator, 12th to 14th Congress, 2001 – 2013
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Principal author and co-sponsor, 2007
Approved by the president on Apr. 29, 2008
Principal author and co-sponsor, 2019
Approved by the president on July 1, 2020
Principal author and co-sponsor, 2005
Approved by the president on Mar. 22, 2006