Candidate for Senator 2013: Ernesto Maceda and His Profile

Ernesto Maceda for Senator 2013

Ernesto Maceda
Ernesto M. Maceda, Jr., candidate for senator, 2013 – United Nationalist Alliance
Ernesto Maceda is a columnist and a Filipino politician who served as a Senator from 1971 to 1972 and from 1987 to 1998. He served as Senate President from 1996 to 1998.

Ernesto Maceda is known for his daring exposes on financial anomalies perpetrated in the government, and is also recognized by several women’s groups as a support for women’s rights and welfare. He has held Cabinet positions five times and has received numerous national and international awards and commendations. He has also served as an Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States during former President Joseph Estrada’s term.

Known also as Ernesto “Manong” Maceda, he has an outstanding record of public service spanning 50 years in high government positions. At age 23, Ernesto Maceda was elected the youngest Councilor in the history of the City of Manila. At age 29, he became the youngest member of the Cabinet of Pres. Marcos as Secretary of Community Development. Subsequently at age 32, he was appointed Executive Secretary and Chairman of the Commission on Reorganization and at 33, Secretary of Commerce & Industry. He also served as a Member of the GSIS Board of Trustees.


  • Columnist, Philippine Star
  • Radio talk show host of Mr. Expose on DZRJ 810
  • Former Senator (1971-1972, 1987-1998)
  • Former Senate President (1996-1998)
  • Former Councillor of Manila
  • Former Secretary of Community Development under Marcos administration
  • Former Executive Secretary, Commission on Reorganization
  • Former aide and adviser to the late Sen. Benigno Aquino
  • Former head of Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Former Philippine Ambassador to the United States
  • Dubbed by the Filipino Free Press as “Mr. Expose”
  • Named “Outstanding Councilor of Manila” in 1959 at age 24
  • Only Filipino to have held five Cabinet positions and is recipient of over 40 national and international honors and awards


  • Bachelor of Laws (cum laude) – Ateneo De Manila University
  • Master of Laws, Taxation and International Law – Harvard Law School, Massachusetts, USA in 1957
  • Doctorate in Public Administration (Honoris Causa) – Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Doctorate in Education (Honoris Causa) – Philippine Normal University