National Culture

Will you promote a culture that emphasizes nationalism and service to the people? Will you uphold Filipino as the national language?

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The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines, Article XIV, Section 6 states:

  • “The national language of the Philippines is Filipino. As it evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages.”

Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 210 (May 2003) increasing the use of English as a medium of instruction – as a second language from grade one, in teaching Science, Math and English from grade three, and as the primary medium of instruction in high school.

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Benigno “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino Jr.

Liberal Party

  • No clear stand.

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John Carlos “JC” Gordon Delos Reyes

Ang Kapatiran Party

  • Supports giving incentives to filmmakers in “historical fields where they teach patriotism and nationalism”
  • Party platform advocates: strengthening education in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and English.

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Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada

Partido ng Masang Pilipino

  • No clear stand.

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Richard Juico “Dick” Gordon

Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines (B.BAYAN-VNP)

  • Says the country needs strong leaders who are clearly against corruption, focused on the country’s problems, and are not willing to bend the rules for the Filipino elite or foreigners.

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Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal-Valade

Independent

  • Will promote deeper nationalist education and attitudes, especially on nationalist economics, and also through the primary use of Filipino as medium of instruction

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Nicanor Jesus “Nicky” Pineda Perlas III

Independent

  • No clear stand.

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Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo ”Gibo” Cojuangco Teodoro, Jr

Lakas ng Tao-Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (LAKAS-KAMPI)

  • No clear stand.

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Eduardo “Eddie” Cruz Villanueva

Bangon Pilipinas (BP)

  • Vows to make the national language a priority in education.
  • Believes in promoting patriotism “as a way of life, not simply a rhetoric” and the need to nurture love for country and the next generation”.

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Manuel “Manny” Bamba Villar Jr.

Nacionalista Party

  • No clear stand.
  • Believes that English should be the medium of instruction. In his platform, he vows to improve the arts and culture so “we will not lose our soul.”
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