12 Senators of the Philippines will be elected next year, 2016.
Many Candidates have filed their candidacy to run for the
position of Senator of the Philippines.
One of them is Alma Moreno. She is a Philippine actress and
an incumbent councilor in the City of Paranaque.
Remember that controversial interview made by veteran
broadcaster Karen Davila.
After watching the interview, I asked my self, What is the
job of a Senator of the Philippines. Why Alma Moreno wanted
I found out that these are some of the things you need to
know about a Senator of the Philippines.
1. A Senator has the power to make laws and to alter or repeal
2. No Senator shall serve for more than 2 consecutive terms.
There term of office is 6 years, commencing (unless otherwise
provided by law) at noon, 30 June next following their
3 Any person who wants to be a Senator must meet the following
- Natural-born citizen
- At least 35 years old on the day of election
- Able to read and write
- A registered voter and
- Philippine resident for at least 2 years immediately
preceding the day of the election.
4. A Senator can not be arrested while Congress is “in session”
with respect to offenses punishable by up to 6 years of
The immunity is only with respect to arrests and not to
prosecution for criminal offenses.
5. A Senator can not be questioned or held liable in any forum
other than his/her respective Congressional body for any debate
or speech in the Congress or in any Committee thereof.
Now I understand why A Senator can say whatever he/she wants
even if it offends other person because they can not be held
liable say for libel.
6. A Senator can be expelled from office when 2/3 of all Senators
7. A Senator has a Salary Grade of 33. Salary Grade 33 has an
equivalent rate of P35,000. A Senator receives just P35,000
a month salary.
But a Senator who is a chairman, vice chairman or member
of a committee receives a monthly amount of cash higher than
their monthly salary.
Every Senator is either a chairman, vice chairman, or member
of a committee.
8. A Senator shall not be considered resigned upon the filing of
his certificate of candidacy for the same or any other elective
office or position.
A Senator has a 6 years term right? on the 3rd year of his/her
term for instance, he/she runs for President or Vice
President and lost, he/she is still a Senator and he/she will
serve the remaining 3 years of his/her 6 years term.
While any person holding a public appointive office or position
like Mar Roxas of the DILG, including active members of the
Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other officers and employees
in government-owned or controlled corporations, shall be
considered resigned from his office upon the filing of his
certificate of candidacy.
Its nice to be a Senator of the Philippines, right?