Ernesto Maceda

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Ernesto "Mr. Expose" Maceda
18th Senate President
October 1996– January 1998
Senate Minority Floor Leader
January 1998–June 1998
14th Senate President Pro Tempore
January 1992– January 1998
Senator of the Republic of the Philippines
June 1987– June 1998
Secretary of Commerce and Industry
1970– 1971
Executive Secretary
Secretary of Community Development
1966– 1969
Political Party: United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) (present)

Nationalista Party
Nationalist People's Coalition
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino

Born: March 26, 1935
Flag of the Philippines Philippines Philippines
Died: June 20, 2016
Spouse: Marichu Vera Perez

Ernesto Madarang Maceda or Ernesto Maceda , Sr. was a Filipino columnist and politician. His last government position was as Ambassador to the United States in 1999 to 2001. The former Senate President, who is popularly called “Manong” and who has been dubbed “Mr. Expose” by the Philippine Free Press in the 1990s due to his Senate initiatives to probe into scams in the government, was the oldest senatorial bet in 2013. In an interview by Rappler, Mr. Maceda shared that he was running for a legislative seat again because he believed that with his track record in government service, he would contribute a lot in arriving at solutions to the many problems besetting the country.


Personal Background

The former Senate President was born on March 26 1935 in Pagsanjan, Laguna. Mr. Maceda is now estranged from his wife Maria Azucena, popularly known as Marichu Vera-Perez of Sampaguita Pictures fame. His father-in-law is the great star builder and producer Dr. Jose Perez. His marriage to Ms. Vera-Perez has produced five sons: Emmanuel, Ernesto Jr., Erwin, Edmond and Edward. He has ten grandchildren.


Maceda earned his Associate in Arts degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1952, and Bachelor of Laws degree, graduating Cum Laude, from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1956. He then finished Master of Laws, Taxation and International Law at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts, USA in 1957. He ranked as tenth placer in the 1956 Philippine Bar Examinations, tying with Victor L. Sison of San Beda College, with a grade of 88.5. In 1979, he was admitted to the New York bar.

Early Career

At the age of 23, he ranked No. 1 in the race for Councilor of Manila in 1959. Because of his numerous achievements in the City Council, Councilor Maceda was named “Outstanding Councilor of Manila". However, Manila Mayor Arsenio Lacson, who was Mayor at the time of Councilor Maceda, was quoted as saying "so young, yet so corrupt" about Maceda. In 1966, he served as the Secretary of Community Development and was the youngest Cabinet Member of the Marcos administration. In 1969, he was appointed Executive Secretary in concurrent capacity as Chairman of the Commission on Reorganization. In 1970, the Commerce and Industry portfolio was given to Maceda. At the post, he launched consumer protection programs and established trade relations with various Eastern European Social countries.

Political Career

In 1971, Maceda’s bill granting protection to real estate buyers on installment basis was the only bill signed into law before Martial Law was proclaimed. The bill is known as the Maceda Law. He then went to exile in the United States after breaking with President Marcos over the Martial Law declaration and eventually became the adviser of the late Sen. Benigno S. Aquino. Following Sen. Aquino's assassination, he became one of the leaders of the opposition during the 1984 Batasan Pambansa Campaign and the 1986 snap presidential election. When Corazon Aquino was installed as President of the Philippines, he was appointed to head the Ministry of Natural Resources. The following year, he ran for the Senate under Corazon Aquino's ticket. His stint as Senate President from 1996-1998 was described as outstanding. Maceda holds the distinction of being the only Filipino to have held 5 Cabinet Positions in his lifetime.

Among the things he campaigned for were for Senior Citizens, Job Creation, Education, Increase in Fund Allocation to Local Government Units, and Clean & Safe Drinking Water for Every Household in the Country.

Life as a Private Citizen

He is the author of Search for Truth, an opinion column in The Philippine Star and hosts the radio program “Mr. Expose” over DZRJ-AM. Mister Expose is also his campaign jingle, sang in the tune of Gangnam Style, the song popularized by Korean pop singer Psy. He taught Law at the Ateneo Law School and the University of Manila Law School and also taught at Miriam College and National University. He was the host of radio programs aired over DZRH and DWIZ and was former opinion columnist for The Daily Tribune, Manila Bulletin, Malaya and Philippine Graphic. In 2007, he became a professor of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Law.

Search for Truth

His opinion column in The Philippine Star, Search for Truth, deals with topics such as the following:

  • President’s performance in key areas, some of them are the following:
    • national government deficit
    • creation of jobs
    • rice production
    • education reform programs
    • corruption in government
    • illegal drug problem
  • critic of both non-performers and performers in government aside from the President, giving praise to government officials for campaigns such as those against speeding buses and criticizing those whom he deems as slow to act or not doing any action or making an error in judgment
  • reports on peace and order, status of the peace talks, status of trials involving government officials
  • commentaries on government projects that he thinks the President should approve
  • commentaries on Supreme Court decisions concerning government officials or controversial cases:
  • points of view of personalities and experts on topics such as the separation of powers of the three departments of government.
  • explanations and commentary on approved and pending bills of national importance
  • status of government projects
  • World Bank decisions affecting the Philippines
    • reduction of GDP growth
  • food, health and safety issues
    • number of dengue cases in the country
    • banana plantations affected by Panama disease
  • disqualification case against former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada
  • proposals on projects, laws of national importance that he would like to see implemented
    • additional benefits for senior citizens
  • commentaries on Senate and Lower House happenings
    • increase in oversight committees


In June 2016, Maceda was in critical condition due to complications from bleeding after his gallbladder removal surgery. His son, Lawyer Ernesto Maceda Jr., said his father has been experiencing chest pains in the past few weeks. Maceda succumbed to multiple organ failure on June 20, 2016. He was 81. His remains were laid at Mt. Carmel Shrine before being put to rest at Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina.

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Preceded by
Edgardo Angara
President of the Senate of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Marcelo Fernan


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