Know Your Elections 2022 Vice Presidential Candidate: Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan

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Get to know Francis Kiko Pangilinan before elections 2022; his background, educational and political achievements, and other details.

The May 9 elections are just a few weeks away. So, it is high time that we get to know our candidates to choose the right people to take the highest positions in our country. The Know Your Elections 2022 Candidate is a series of blogs containing fact-based information from the candidates’ official websites and other credible sources.

Below is the list of Presidential Candidates for Elections 2022 included in this series:

Below is the list of Vice Presidential Candidates for Elections 2022 included in this series:



Vice-Presidential Candidate: Francis Pangilinan a.k.a. Kiko Pangilinan

Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is the vice-presidential aspirant of the Leni-Kiko tandem, with Leni Robredo as his running partner during the elections in 2022. Below are his personal, educational, and political details.

Kiko Pangilinan: Personal Information

Born on August 24, 1963, in Manila, Philippines, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is one of the eight children of Donato Tongol Pangilinan Jr. and Emma Nepomuceno. He married actress-singer Sharon Cuneta on April 28, 1996, and they have four children together: Ma. Kristina Casandra, Simone Francesca Emmanuelle, Mariel Daniella Sophia and Miguel Samuel Mateo

Kiko Pangilinan: Educational Information

Francis Pangilinan completed his college degree at University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman with the Bachelor of Arts in English Major in Comparative Literature. He later pursued a Bachelor of Laws at the College of Law, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. He then took Masters in Public Administration, with an area of concentration in Strategic Management in John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Kiko Pangilinan: Non-political Work History

Before his affiliation with politics, Kiko Pangilinan had former positions.




  • Legal Analyst, ABS-CBN Broadcast Corporation, News and Current Affairs Department
  • Head, Legal Desk, ABS-CBN
  • Host, ‘Barangay Dos” TV Show, ABS-CBN Channel 2, Saturdays, 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Anchorperson, Batas”, DZMM, Saturdays 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Anchorperson, Relos Reports with Atty. Kiko, Mondays – Fridays, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Member, Adhoc and Independent Citizens Committee
  • Lecturer, Law on Sales, Agency & Credit Transactions, Department of Management, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Vice Chairperson, Committee on Legal Aid, National Office of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Collaborating Lawyer, Free Legal Assistance Group
  • Overall Coordinator, Hoy! Gising! Free Legal Assistance Group, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Director, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, QC Chapter
  • National Co-Chairperson, National Legal Aid Committee, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Minority Leader, Quezon City Legislative Council, 1991 – 1992

Kiko Pangilinan: Political Information

Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan began his political career as a councilor in Quezon City in 1988. He was the youngest councilor elected in Q.C.’s 4th District. In 2001, he ran for his first Senate term. After six years, he was re-elected to the Senate. He signed several bills into law that benefit farmers. In 2014, he was appointed to a cabinet-level position as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization.

As a senator, he sponsored and authored legislation that increased the salaries and benefits of justices, judges, and other members of the judiciary; established an alternative dispute resolution system; strengthened and rationalized the National Prosecution Service; and amended the Philippine Teachers Professionalization Act.

He was also the author of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, as well as the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act, which seeks to establish a trust fund for coconut farmers. Below are his public services records.

• July 2020 – Present – Member Senate Electoral Tribunal 18th Congress

• May 2017 – June 2020 – Minority Leader Commission on Appointments 17th to 18th Congress

• June 2016 – Present – Senator Republic of the Philippines 17th to 18th Congress

• May 2014 – September 2015 – Cabinet Secretary Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Office of the President

• 2004 – 2008 – Officer of the Senate Majority Leader Senate of the Philippines

• 2001 – 2013 – Senator Republic of the Philippines 12th to 14th Congress

Senate Committee Chairmanships:

Feb 2017 – present

• Chairperson, Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes

July 2016 – Feb 2017

• Chairperson, Committee on Agriculture and Food

July 2010 – June 2013

• Chairperson, Committee on Agriculture and Food

July 2010 – July 2013

• Chairperson, Committee on Social Justice and Rural Development

Jan 2009 – July 2010

• Chairperson, Committee on Tourism

Jan 2009 – July 2010

• Chairperson, Committee on Agrarian Reform

Jan 2004 – Nov 2008

• Chairperson, Committee on Rules

Aug 2001 – 2008

• Senate Representative to the Judicial and Bar Council

Feb 2003 – Jan 2004

• Chairperson, Committee on Education, Arts and Culture

Aug 2001 – Jan 2004

• Chairperson, Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Aug 2001 – Jan 2004

• Chairperson, Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement

Aug 2001 – Jan 2004

• Chairperson, Committee on Ethics and Privileges

Kiko Pangilinan: Affiliations

2020 – Present

• Chairperson Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

2016 – Present

• President Liberal Party of the Philippines

• Founding President (1991) National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL)

• Senior Partner (on indefinite leave) Pangilinan Britanico Sarmiento and Franco Law Offices

Kiko Pangilinan: Accomplishments

Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan wrote 103 bills during his three terms in the Senate. Eleven of the bills he principally authored were signed into law. Three of his bills in support of agriculture and fisheries were passed in the 18th Congress, including R.A. No. 11524, also known as the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act, which mandates the establishment of a 50-year trust fund and the transfer of at least P75 billion in accumulated coco levy to the trust fund between 2021 and 2025. Below is the list of some of his major legislative accomplishments.

  • Sponsor and Author, RA 9227, Improving the Salary and Providing Special Benefits to Justices and Judges and other members of the Judiciary  
  • Sponsor and Author, RA 9285, Institutionalizing an Alternative Dispute Resolution System
  • Sponsor and Author, RA 9279, Strengthening and Rationalizing the National Prosecution Service
  • Sponsor and Author, RA 9293, Amending the Philippine Teachers Professionalization Act” (Balik Turo)
  • Sponsor and Author, RA 9262, Anti-Domestic Violence Bill
  • Sponsor and Author, Curtailing Entertainment Media Piracy in the Philippines
  • Sponsor and Author, Anti Money Laundering Act
  • Author and Sponsor, The National Human Rights Consciousness Week
  • Sponsor and Author, The Rent Control Law
  • Author, the National Service Training Program Act (ROTC Law)
  • Sponsor and Co-Author, The Citizenship Retention Act of 2003
  • Co-Author, The Filipino Overseas Absentee-Voting Act
  • Creation of Various Local Courts
  • Creation and Conversion of Various State Universities and Colleges

Awards and Citations

  • Most Outstanding Kapampangan Award for Public Service for 2002
  • University Medal of Honor for Exemplary Performance in Public Service Angeles
  • Youngest Elected City Councilor
  • BANTAYOG AWARD for 1989 and 1990
  • Young Achiever’ Award, 1990
  • Certificate of Recognition, Crusade Against Violence (for exemplary contributions in the field of) Investigative Journalism and the Criminal Justice System
  • Brother Arthur Peter Graves Honor Society, 1977

Kiko Pangilinan sacrifices and skips Eastern Samar Rally to secure local’s support for Leni Robredo

Leni and Kiko have been seen to be together in most of their campaign rallies and activities around Samar provinces and Leyte but not in the rally in Borongan City. He confirmed on a news outlet on Wednesday, March 30, that he agreed not to attend the big rally in Borongan City the night before after learning that local leaders there would only support Robredo.

But despite what happened, he stays unfazed saying that the winners of the May elections would be decided by the voters. In a chance interview with reporters in Maigo, Lanao del Norte, presidential candidate and Vice President Leni Robredo said he would continue courting voters with his pro-agriculture and food security platform regardless of political support – or lack thereof.

Pangilinan files cyber libel raps against Maharlika’s YouTube channel

Kiko Pangilinan has filed a criminal complaint against the creators and management of the pro-Marcos YouTube channel Maharlika for “libelous” content about his family. He said in a statement that they filed the complaint against Maharlika for alleged violations of Republic Act 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. 

“The contents of the videos are all false, have no factual basis and are intended to destroy or damage my reputation as a senator, public servant, and a husband to one of the most beloved celebrities in the Philippines, Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan,” he said.

He accused the people behind the Maharlika channel of “[acting] in reckless disregard as to the truth or falsity of the statements in the video” since May 21, 2021.

He also urged corporations placing advertisements on these and similar YouTube channels to stop enabling these sites that peddle lies and disinformation. He said that he is “counting on social media platforms, advertisers, online shopping sites, media and concerned sectors to be allies in ensuring that truthful, helpful and life-saving information gain wider prominence online.

Sources: (legacy.senate.gov.ph), (votepilipinas.com), (set.gov.ph)


Also read: Know Your Elections 2022 Presidential Candidate: Leni Robredo

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