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1) Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy (March 22, 1869 – February 6, 1964) was a Filipino general, politician, and independence leader. He played an instrumental role during the Philippines' revolution against Spain, and the subsequent Philippine-American War or War of Philippine Independence that resisted American occupation.
2) Manuel Luis Quezón y Molina (August 19, 1878 – August 1, 1944) served as president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944. He was the first Filipino to head a government of the Philippines (as opposed to other historical states). Quezón is considered by most Filipinos to have been the second president of the Philippines, after Emilio Aguinaldo (1897–1901).
3) José Paciano Laurel y García (March 9, 1891 – November 6, 1959) was the president of the Republic of the Philippines, a Japanese-sponsored administration during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. Since the administration of President Diosdado Macapagal (1961–1965), Laurel has been recognized as a legitimate president of the Philippines.
4) Sergio Osmeña y Suico (9 September 1878 – 19 October 1961) was a Filipino politician who served as the 4th President of the Philippines from 1944 to 1946. He was Vice President under Manuel L. Quezon, and rose to the presidency upon Quezon's death in 1944, being the oldest Philippine president to hold office at age 65. A founder of Nacionalista Party, he was the first Visayan to become President of the Philippines.
5) Manuel Acuña Roxas (January 1, 1892 – April 15, 1948) was the first president of the independent Third Republic of the Philippines and fifth president overall. He served as president from the granting of independence in 1946 until his abrupt death in 1948. His term as president of the Philippines was also the third shortest, lasting 1 year 10 months and 18 days.
6) Elpidio Rivera Quirino (November 16, 1890 – February 29, 1956) was a Filipino politician, and the sixth President of the Philippines.
7) Ramón del Fierro Magsaysay (31 August 1907 – 17 March 1957) was the seventh President of the Republic of the Philippines, serving from 30 December 1953 until his death in a 1957 aircraft disaster. An automobile mechanic, Magsaysay was appointed military governor of Zambales after his outstanding service as a guerilla leader during the Pacific War. He then served two terms as Liberal Party congressman for Zambales before being appointed as Secretary of National Defense by President Elpidio Quirino. He was elected President under the banner of the Nacionalista Party.
8) Carlos Polistico García (November 4, 1896 – June 14, 1971) was a Filipino teacher, poet, orator, lawyer, public official, political economist and guerrilla leader. He became the eighth President of the Philippines.
9) Diosdado Pangan Macapagal (September 28, 1910 – April 21, 1997) was the ninth President of the Philippines, serving from 1961 to 1965, and the sixth Vice President, serving from 1957 to 1961. He also served as a member of the House of Representatives, and headed the Constitutional Convention of 1970. He is the father of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010.
10) Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos (September 11, 1917 – September 28, 1989) was a Filipino politician who held the title of President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. He was a lawyer, member of the Philippine House of Representatives (1949–1959) and a member of the Philippine Senate (1959–1965). He was Senate President from 1963–1965.
While in power he implemented wide-ranging programs of infrastructure development and economic reform. However, his administration was marred by massive authoritarian, political repression, and human rights violations.
In 1983, his government was accused of being involved in the assassination of his primary political opponent, Benigno Aquino, Jr. Public outrage over the assassination served as the catalyst for the People Power Revolution in February 1986 that led to his removal from power and eventual exile in Hawaii. It was later discovered that, during his 20 years in power, he and his wife Imelda Marcos had moved billions of dollars of embezzled public funds to accounts and investments in the United States, Switzerland, and other countries.
11) Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco-Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009) was the 11th President of the Philippines and the first woman to hold that office (first female president in Asia). She led the 1986 People Power Revolution, which toppled Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines. She was named "Woman of the Year" in 1986 by Time Magazine.
12) Fidel "Eddie" Valdez Ramos, GCMG (born March 18, 1928), popularly known as FVR, was the 12th President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. During his six years in office, Ramos was widely credited and admired by many for revitalizing and renewing international confidence in the Philippine economy.
Prior to his election as president, Ramos served in the Cabinet of President Corazon Aquino first as chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and, later on, as Secretary of National Defense from 1986 to 1991.
13) Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada (born Jose Marcelo Ejercito on April 19, 1937) was the 13th President of the Philippines, serving from 1998 until 2001. Estrada was the first person in the Post-EDSA era to be elected both to the presidency and vice-presidency. In 2007, he was sentenced by the special division of the Sandiganbayan to reclusion perpetua for plunder, but was later granted pardon by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He ran for president anew in the 2010 Philippine presidential election, but lost to then Senator Benigno Aquino III.
14) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Ph.D. (born April 5, 1947) is a Filipino politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010, as the 12th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and is currently a member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga. She was the country's second female president (after Corazón Aquino), and the daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal.
On November 18, 2011, Arroyo was arrested following the filing of criminal charges against her for electoral fraud. As of December 9, 2011, she is incarcerated at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City under charges of electoral sabotage.
15) Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III born February 8, 1960), also known as Noynoy Aquino or PNoy, is a Filipino politician who has been the 15th and current President of the Philippines since June 2010. His parents were President Corazon Aquino and Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr
The most eloquent president
Eloquence has no aim: it is a just play of words. Remember our most eloquent president?
The most popular president
Estrada was elected President in 1998 with a very wide margin of votes separating him from the other challengers.But the charisma of ERAP did not prevent plunder .
The most academically prepared president
The nation is battered after nine and half years of Gloria Arroyo,
PHD. Most of us regret placing the little girl in Malacanang after People Power II.
Possibly the most popular presidentiable for 2016
Jejomar "Jojo" Cabauatan Binay, Sr. (born November 11, 1942), also known as Jojo Binay or VPNay, is a Filipino politician who has been the 15th Vice President of the Philippines since 2010. Previously, he was Mayor of Makati City from 1986 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2010. He is also the President of the United Opposition (UNO), President of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Chairman of Asia-Pacific Region Scout Committee, and the President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. From Wikipedia
Q.What do Marcos, Arroyo, Erap and Binay have in common?
How would you describe a 'trapo' in Philippine politics?
from Philippine Star
Diony Yap, Bacolod City: Trapo is short for traditional politician. Too much politics makes them stink like soiled basahan, thus the label.
Norberto Robles, Taguig: A trapo is a pragmatist who goes along with the ways and realities of Philippine politics.
It connotes filthL.C. Fiel, Quezon City: It evolved from “traditional politician,” to “tradpol,” then finally to “trapo,” which now connotes filth. Consider all the dirt that sticks to the pamunas or trapo.
William Gonzaga, Marikina City: Trapo is now a dirty connotation of everything undesirable ascribed to a politician. Lying, cheating and stealing are usual tools of politicians to win and stay in power. Thus, we tend to have no choice but to vote the lesser evil as all bets seem to have the same character traits and the same predilection for malfeasance and misgovernance once in power.
Osmundo Lim, Caloocan City: A trapo is one who really accepts invitation to be ninong at wedding and baptismal rites in his locality. He loves to send greeting cards to most government employees. Malilimutan ko na ang birthday ng asawa ko, but she never fails to receive a birthday card from him. When elected, he gets back his investment through overpriced contracts, ghost projects, and other corrupt practices.
Rey Ibalan, Antipolo City: A trapo is simply a politician with insatiable lust for power, fame and money. Decent-looking but actually a scourge to society.
C.B. Fundales, Bulacan: A trapo is a typical representative of Philippine oligarchy. He engages in dirty manipulative politics to advance his selfish interests.
Ruben Viray, Metro Manila: Trapos are marumi, mabaho, sira-sira na, at dapat nang palitan ng bago. Truly, every election we see trapos hoping to land positions in government. Are they worthy? I don’t think so. Very few trapos are. These trapos are ageing and need to be replaced. Let’s see younger people running the government.
Ed Gulmatico, Yemen: There are really too many adjectives to describe a trapo, but here are some of the realistic ones: power-hungry and lustful for people’s money; exploiter of poor people’s hardships and miseries; congenitally hypocritical; heartless and conscienceless; predatory; afraid to let go of power and position; and evil. Trapos think that only they and their relatives have the right to govern and lord it over their hapless constituents. They firmly hold on to their political position at all costs not to govern and serve the people, but to be treated eternally like royalty. There are too many of them; the nearest estimate is that 90 per cent of elected public officials are trapos.
Germi Sison, Cabanatuan City: I doubt if all texters and bloggers of Inbox World can mention all the ugly descriptions befitting trapos. I would rather hear descriptions of humble, honest, gentlemanly, honorable, incorruptible, and trustworthy politicians. Slogans and TV ads that we see and hear today best describe trapos. They are too callous to feel that thinking Filipinos feel insulted by their moronic clichés.
Full of empty promisesCris Rivera, Rizal: A trapo is a bill hitchhiker with a taste for grandstanding and is always looking for points for contention. He is an egoistic politician full of empty promises.
Tino Abella, Masbate: Trapos are masters of false promises, self-centered, grandstanders, and napaka-plastic, mapagsamantala at buwaya. They easily contaminate the youth.
Lydia Reyes, Bataan: Self-centered; refuses to grow; always opposed to reforms, but fights for his pork barrel; one who is always in the ads.
Dave Velasco, Marinduque City: A trapo makes the gullible masa temporarily happy with his or her campaign entertainment and hollow promises.
A trapo espouses no principlesJim Veneracion, Naga City: A trapo symbolizes all that is decadent in this country. The multi-party system has exacerbated the trapo, making him engage in unprincipled politics.
Rey Onate, Palayan City: A trapo is a politician who is devoid of leadership qualities and principles yet manages to stay in the position of influence through sheer kapal ng mukha and lack of conscience. Egoistic, elitist and poker-faced. He is a popular political creature that possesses bags of dirty tricks. Peste ng lipunan.
Sahlee Almaden Reyes, Las Piñas City: A trapo can be of any age. It may apply to a run-of-the-mill candidate who gains a seat in government through the support of influential connections or maybe familial ties, but not on his own merit. A trapo is one who espouses no principles or is stricken with severe amnesia and forgets his touted promises when elected to office. He is adept in the tricks of the trade in politics, proficient in the art of averting issues on maleficent practices in government. He constantly changes loyalty to any political party which suits his fancy or vested interest. Trapos are braggadocios; they love to walk around with a battalion of armed bodyguards in tow and travel around in cars complete with noisy police sirens. Trapos cheat their constituents using taxpayers’ money and are involved in syndicated corruption. They play ball with the corrupt system and its foreign and local sponsors. Lastly, a trapo is a long-winded talker before the TV cameras. Unfortunately, there is no substance in his talk. Puro porma.
Pat Quilan, Benguet: We equate trapo with an unprincipled politician. He dominates the political scene.
Rex Earlou Calmerin, Iligan City: A politician becomes a trapo if he or she is always corrupt, making senseless promises, and mostly running over and over again for higher positions. So much for true heroes like Dr. Rizal.
Rodolfo Talledo, Angeles City: One who usually resorts to transactional politics to the extent of compromising integrity, good taste, and fair play to suit himself.
Vic Nario, Dagupan City: A trapo is a politician without a conscience.
Rey Joaquin, Las Piñas City: Trapos are traditional politicians who run for office with the ultimate hidden agenda of ransacking the coffers of the government under the camouflage of universal promises to their constituents. This is the very reason why they invest in their campaigns and, if necessary, slay people who are a threat to them.
Leonard Villa, Batac City: One who consistently uses the 3Gs and patronage politics and who serves himself first and foremost. The virtue of delicadeza is alien to him.
Adept at politicsDennis Montealto, Mandaluyong City: For me, a traditional politician uses utang na loob, the padrino system, the pakikisama system as means of extracting loyalty or, better yet, subservience from his constituents in order to continue being beholden to him, thereby perpetually electing him and his family members to public office. He knows how to ride the tide of Philippine politics. This keeps him afloat.
Ishmael Q. Calata, Parañaque City: My understanding is that in the Philippine political setting, a trapo is a battle-scarred politician. He is wily enough to duck accusations, or knows by way of vicarious experience how to do what the old politicians are doing, from dirty campaigns during election time to dealing with constituents with glib, to making believable promises to voters, to using available project funds.
Nony de Leon, Bulacan: A trapo is one who has learned how to adapt, survive and succeed in our political system. Those who cannot adapt will simply resign if the post is appointive. If the post is elective, he will find it hard to be re-elected. The rules of the game determine how it is played.
Romeo Caubat, Masbate: A trapo is a product of the old school and has perfected the art of patronage politics. He has no tangible accomplishments whatsoever, but is experienced in politics.
Ric Vergara, Calamba: A leader afflicted with the other “Big C”. Ang dami nyan dito, mula pangulo hanggang punong barangay.