Jopet Sison, 56, is a lawyer who has served as a barangay kagawad and Quezon City councilor. He is best known for co-hosting the dramatized television series, “Ipaglaban Mo”, with his father, Atty. Jose Sison. Sison also provides legal advice and services through the Ipaglaban Mo Foundation.

He served as assistant general manager at the National Housing Authority from 2001 to 2005 and then as president of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation from 2005 to 2012. In 2009, he launched the “Bahay Bonds I”, the first residential mortgage-backed securities in the country. He was also the secretariat for the National Summit on Housing and Urban Development from 2015 to 2016.

He ran unsuccessful races for a seat at the lower house representing the 1st District of Marikina City in 2016 and for vice mayor of Quezon City in 2019.

For the 2022 election, Sison substituted former vice president and veteran broadcaster Noli de Castro as a senatorial candidate under Aksyon Demokratiko. As listed in his 14-point legislative agenda, he is campaigning on reforming government on both a systemic level, through a shift to federalism and unicameralism, and enhancing transparency and democratization in governance whether in budget preparation, oversight and monitoring of government agencies and grant of legislative franchises.

He supports shifting to a federal system of government, the passage of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression Equality Bill and the legalization of divorce and medical marijuana. Conversely, he opposes legalizing abortion, reinstating the death penalty and the reported human rights violations perpetrated by the Duterte administration.

Sison is endorsing the platform of Aksyon Demokratiko’s standard-bearer Isko Domagoso, the incumbent mayor of the City of Manila, and is running under the latter’s Senate slate.

Platform and Policy

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Transparency reforms
Systemic reforms
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1. Pass the freedom of information bill, to promote transparency

2. Require line-item budgeting, detailing the use of every peso to be spent by government, promote accountability and cure the pork barrel problem

3. Use a uniform set of standards and checklist for the grant of legislative franchises to prevent grants based on political bias or retribution

4. Pass a “one government bill” providing for one accountable officer per department to streamline processes and remove unnecessary requirements, especially in service-based departments directly dealing with citizens

5. Pass a “government proprietary law” to punish officials and public servants that publicly-funded projects and properties are owned by the government and politicians may not claim credit or use them as their own

6. Pass a law that will require all sectors, businesses, and government to uniformly present dates in the following order: date, month, year
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1. Shift to a federalized and unicameral form of government, to empower each region while respecting their cultures, economic conditions and traditions

2. Implement full autonomy and devolution to local government units, by supporting through subsidies, automation of services and promotion of cashless transactions
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1. Pass the public utility employees act, to protect drivers from the pressures and effects of the boundary system

2. Improve congressional oversight and monitoring of the transportation department

3. Professionalize the Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board
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Institutionalized the franchising of tricycles which became a blueprint for the empowerment and regulation of tricycle drivers in the country
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1. Replicate the housing program of Singapore already introduced in Manila City (allow the poor to rent instead of buying government housing units)

2. Amend the Urban Development Housing Act and update the areas for priority development

3. Increase the scope of the Build Build Build program to hospitals, schools, and housing

4. Allocate more funds for housing, perhaps 10% of the funds for the Department of Public Works and HIghways
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In his 2019 campaign, Sison and running mate, Bingbong Crisologo, promised to provide permanent residences to informal settlers and to reduce the realty tax of home and lot owners
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1. Assistant General Manager of National Housing Authority (2001-2005)

2. President of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (2005-2012), and launched the “Bahay Bonds”
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1. Fully adapt to a digital future by promoting digitization, application programming interface, internet use, artificial intelligence and blockchain

2. Implement a unified ID system, to identify targeted and qualified beneficiaries of public services and subsidiaries
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In his 2019 campaign, he promised to provide basic social services such as free internet
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Major Accomplishments

The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so

Public Office

Sison served as barangay kagawad and city councilor of Quezon City for nearly a decade, and claims to have passed at least 270 ordinances and resolutions during his tenure. He touts the Quezon City Tricycle Ordinance of 1992 as having pioneered the regulating model for tricycle drivers throughout the country.

He also headed the NHMFC from 2005 to 2012, a government-owned and controlled corporation that operates a secondary home mortgage market by buying mortgages from originators, like banks and developers, and sells them back to the public through the issuance of mortgage-backed financial instruments. In 2009, he led the launch of Bahay Bonds I, the first residential mortgage-backed security to be issued by a Philippine government agency and sold to institutional investors. The NFMHC has since made several other highly-rated offerings under Bahay Bonds securitization program.
Bahay Bonds I
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Launched the “Bahay Bonds I” in 2009, a five-year residential mortgage-backed securitization program aimed at raising P300 million to P604 million for NHMFC to sustain its housing loan services to its beneficiaries
President of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, 2005-2012
Quezon City Tricycle Ordinance of 1992
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Ordinance No. SP-15, series of 1992
Ordinance Franchising and Regulating the Operation of Motorized Tricycles in Quezon City to be known as the “Quezon City Tricycle Ordinance of 1992”
Quezon City Councilor, 1992
Enacted on September 1992

Private Sector

Sison co-hosted the long-running television drama series, Ipaglaban Mo, with his lawyer father. Sison also provided consulting services for free through the Ipaglaban Mo Foundation.
FIRMAMENT Development Corporation
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President, 2013-present
National Summit on Housing and Urban Development
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Initiated by the Joint Legislative Committee on Housing of the Senate and House of Representatives
Secretariat, 2015-2016
Television host
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Hosting duties for the tv show segments “Ikaw at ang Batas” and “Ito ang Batas”, giving five-minute narration of facts and the law on various cases decided by the Supreme Court
Host; 1992-1998

Co-Host; 2014-present
Free legal service
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Renders free legal service to his viewers, letter senders, and walk-in clients
Trustee/consultant of Ipaglaban Mo Foundation, 1989 - present
Actions and/or Proceedings

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

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Petition - Failure of election

Sison filed a petition before the Supreme Court impugning the Commission on Elections’ resolution dismissing Sison’s petition to suspend the canvassing of votes and/or proclamation in quezon city and to declare a failure of election
Comelec resolution was issued on June 22, 1998

The SC dismissed the petition on Mar. 3, 1999
Disallowance of honoraria

The Legal and Adjudication Office-Corporate of the Commission on Audit disallowed the payment of honoraria made by the NHA to its Bids and Awards Committee members and the Technical Working Group, which included then Assistant General Manager and BAC Chairman Sison
On appeal, COA’s Adjudication and Settlement Board of COA affirmed the Notices of Disallowances

Sison and fellow NHA employees filed a petition for certiorari assailing said decision before the SC on Mar. 5, 2007
Disallowance of the payment of honoraria in the total amount of P364,299.31

SC dismissed the petition for lack of merit on June 5, 2009
Nullification of the rescission of contract

Viva Eagle Lands filed a complaint for declaration of nullity of rescission, declaration of suspension of payment of purchase price and interest, and other reliefs against respondents the NHMFC, Sison, and Cavacon Corporation
The Regional Trial Court of Makati and Court of Appeals both ruled that NHMFC’s rescission was valid

Viva Eagle filed the petition for review on certiorari before the SC on May 22, 2017

The SC denied the petition on Sept. 4, 2019
Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth

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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Alliances and Endorsements: Included in the senatorial slate of the Isko Domagoso and Willie Ong tandem
Party History:
Liberal Party
Aksyon Demokratiko
Major Donors

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Major Advocacies

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

Free legal education and services
Free legal education and services
1. Co-hosted television shows presenting dramatization of legal cases and providing analysis

2. Rendered free legal service to thousands of clients through a foundation and in coordination with the ABS-CBN Tulong Center

Co-Host of “Kapag Nasa Katwiran… Ipaglaban Mo”; 2014-Present

Segment Host, “Ikaw at ang Batas” and “Ito ang Batas,” 1992-1998

Trustee/Consultant, Ipaglaban Mo Foundation and Sison Law, 1989-Present
Opposes any law allowing abortion

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Personal Details

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Name to appear on the ballot: SISON, JOPET
Full Name: Joseph Peter “Jopet” Sampedro Sison
Birthdate: Oct. 19, 1965; (56 years old as of election day)
Languages Spoken: Tagalog, English
    Jose Sison, father, Ipaglaban Mo co-host, lawyer
    Josefina S. Sison
    Joyce Sison (deceased)
    Joel Sison
    Jay Sison
    Jolly Sison
    JB Sison
Marital Status: Married, Cef Macalino-Sison, lawyer
    Jat Sison
    Jigo Sison
    Javi Sison

• Bachelor of Laws, Manuel L. Quezon University, 1992

• Bachelor of Science in Legal Management, Ateneo de Manila University, 1987

Work Experience:

• President, FIRMAMENT Development Corporation, 2013-Present

• Head, Secretariat for the National Summit on Housing and Urban Development, 2015-2016

• Co-host, Kapag Nasa Katwiran, Ipaglaban Mo, 2014-Present

• President, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, 2005-2012

• Assistant General Manager, National Housing Authority, 2001-2005

• Councilor, 4th District of Quezon City, 1992-1998

• Segment Host, “Ikaw at ang Batas” and “Ito ang Batas,” 1992-1998

• Trustee/Consultant, Ipaglaban Mo Foundation and Sison Law, 1989-present

• Barangay Kagawad, Brgy. Pinagkaisahan, Quezon City, 1989-1992


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Platform of Government
COVID-19 response
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  1. Free COVID-19 testing for all
  2. Make COVID-19 testing and vaccination available in health care centers
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