Philippine Senate election, 1995

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Philippine Senate election, 1995
1992 ←
May 8, 1995 → 1998

12 (of the 24) seats in the Senate
13 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  EdAngara.jpg Ernesto Maceda.jpg Miriam Defensor Santiago.jpg
Leader Edgardo Angara Ernesto Maceda Miriam Defensor Santiago
Alliance Lakas-Laban NPC NPC
Leader's seat Nationwide at-large Nationwide at-large Nationwide at-large
Seats before 7 5 0
Seats won 8 1 2
Seats after 18 2 2
Seat change Increase 11 Decrease 3 Increase 2
Popular vote 123,678,255 28,452,737 19,619,923
Percentage 68.6% 15.8% 15.8%
Swing Decrease 6.0% Decrease 1.9% Increase 8.7%

Senate President before election

Edgardo Angara

Elected Senate President

Edgardo Angara

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The senatorial election was held in the Philippines on May 8, 1995. Filipinos protected the ballot boxes with their lives and campaigned against traditional politicians who used bribery, flying voters, violence, election rigging, stealing of ballot boxes and etc. The Philippine National Police (PNP) had listed five dead and listed more than 200 hotspots before the election and during the election day listed 300 hotspots.

The two largest parties, the Lakas-NUCD and the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) contested the senate election under the Lakas-Laban Coalition and won 8 of the 12 seats contested. The opposition-led coalition was composed of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) which had an alliance with the People's Reform Party (PRP) although they contested election separately.

This was also the first time the electorate voted for twelve candidates under the plurality-at-large voting to the senate; previously the electorate voted for two candidates each per senatorial districts (1916–34), via closed party-lists (the "block voting" system in use from to 1941-49), and eight senators in the plurality-at-large voting with the country as one "at-large" district from 1951 to 1971. This was also the first midterm election as the date the elected candidates take office falls at the midway point of President Fidel V. Ramos' six-year term.

Major Senatorial Candidates[edit]

Administration coalition[edit]

Lakas-Laban Coalition
Candidate Party
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Rodolfo Biazon
Franklin Drilon
Juan Ponce Enrile
Marcelo Fernan
Juan Flavier
Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
Ramon Mitra
Sergio Osmeña III
Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.
Raul Roco
Francisco Tatad

Opposition coalition[edit]

Nationalist People's Coalition
Candidate Party
Rosemarie Arenas
Gaudencio Beduya
Anna Dominique Coseteng
Amanda T. Cruz
Ramon Fernandez
Gregorio Honasan
Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
Adelisa A. Raymundo
Manuel C. Roxas
Miriam Defensor Santiago
Almarin C. Tillah
Arturo Tolentino

Note: Party affiliation based on Certificate of Candidacy.



e • d Summary of the May 8, 1995 Philippine Senate election result
Rank Candidate Coalition Party Votes %
1. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Lakas-Laban LDP 15,745,741 61.2%
2. Raul Roco Lakas-Laban LDP 12,509,736 48.6%
3. Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. Lakas-Laban Lakas 11,862,458 46.1%
4. Franklin Drilon Lakas-Laban Lakas 11,032,476 42.9%
5. Juan Flavier Lakas-Laban Lakas 10,748,528 41.8%
6. Miriam Defensor Santiago NPC PRP 9,497,231 36.9%
7. Sergio Osmeña III Lakas-Laban Lakas 9,390,935 36.5%
8. Francisco Tatad Lakas-Laban LDP 9,146,951 35.5%
9. Gregorio Honasan II1 NPC Independent 8,968,616 34.8%
10. Marcelo Fernan Lakas-Laban LDP 8,762,235 34.0%
11. Juan Ponce Enrile Lakas-Laban Nacionalista 8,701,191 33.8%
12. Anna Dominique Coseteng NPC NPC 8,700,278 33.8%
13. Ramon Mitra Lakas-Laban LDP 8,650,618 33.6%
14. Rodolfo Biazon Lakas-Laban LDP 8,587,338 33.4%
15. Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. Lakas-Laban PDP-Laban 8,522,148 33.1%
16. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. NPC KBL 8,168,768 31.7%
17. Arturo Tolentino NPC NPC 7,726,006 30.0%
18. Ramon Fernandez NPC NPC 3,572,604 13.9%
19. Rosemarie Arenas NPC NPC 3,178,837 12.4%
20. Manuel C. Roxas NPC NPC 2,455,764 9.5%
Total turnout 25,736,505 70.7%
Total votes 180,361,231 N/A
Registered voters 36,415,154 100.0%
Note: A total of 28 candidates ran for senator. Sources:[1][2]
^1 Guest candidate

Per party[edit]

Party/coalition Votes  % Seats won  %
Lakas-Laban 123,678,255 68.6% 9 75.0%
PRP 19,619,923 10.9% 2 16.0%
NPC 28,452,737 15.8% 1 1.0%
KBL 8,168,768 4.5% 0 0.0%
Others 441,548 0,2% 0 0.0%
Totals 180,361,231 100.0% 13 100.0%
Source: "Electoral Politics in the Philippines". Retrieved 2010-12-10. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christof Hartmann; Graham Hassall; Soliman M. Santos, Jr. (2001). Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz and Christof Hartmann, ed. Elections in Asia and the Pacific Vol. II. Oxford University Press. pp. 185–230. ISBN 0199249598. 
  2. ^ SWS Media Release

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