Ricardo Penson

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Ricardo Penson
Political Party: independent
Born: June 9, 1952 (age 60)
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Ricardo Penson (born 9 June 1952) is a Filipino road contractor and the current president and Chief Executive Officer of Ausphil Tollways Corporation, an infrastructure development company. He ran for the senatorial race in the 2013 Philippine general elections as an independent candidate.

He married actress Dina Bonnevie in 1998 but their marriage was later annulled.


Personal Life and Education

He was born in Caloocan City in 1952. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and San Beda College, with a degree in Marketing. He also took up BBA Equivalency Course in Economics, MDP in the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

While in college, Penson joined the leftist Kabataan Makabayan which was involved in progressive issues and in the fight against Marcos dictatorship. In 1978, he was arrested and detained in Camp Crame for five days. He said that he was beaten up and tortured and that he never again saw the two youth leaders who were arrested with him.

With the help of friends in the military, he fled the country and lived in exile in the United States and returned only after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. He recalled that he helped his late father Cecilio, a lawyer, in privately advising several members of the Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution to make sure that the abuses of the old regime would never be repeated.

Penson served as a special assistant for national security and political affairs at the Office of the President which helped him in getting to know more about the conditions in the country.

He describes his life in the following manner:

“I have lived the life of a modern-day nomad. Spent extended periods from Manila to San Francisco, Cincinnati to Chicago, London and Paris, Philadelphia, back to Manila, Brisbane... traveled a million miles. I kept my eyes open, my notebooks dry and my heart warm. I ate, read, talked, felt, slept, drove, walked, shared, laughed and cried with friends and strangers alike. Then at night I write in grace about the beauty of life. The pain of living. The glory of hope. That the pangs of defeat should never match the tranquil humility of success. That the world should retain a greater share of good than the evil we crafted from it.”

Penson is the author of a marketing book, Marketing Strategies for Developing Countries.


In 1992, Penson, who was chair of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Liberal Party Coalition, ran for Congress in Quezon City's 3rd District. He was defeated by movie actor Dennis Roldan.

Penson held the following positions:

  • General Manager – Anndi Development Corp.
  • Marketing Director – ITT Corporation
  • Special Assistant – Malacañang
  • Lecturer – CISME, University of Adelaide
  • President – Defense Resources Inc.
  • General Manager – DRI Marine Builders
  • Chairman – La Mesa Parkways Corporation
  • President – Philco Aero Inc.
  • Chair and CEO Penson & Co. Inc.
  • Executive committee chair and director – Defense Resources Inc
  • Director – RP Studios Inc.
  • Director – Stallion Football Club

Senatorial Race


The “Kontra Dynasty” Movement

The 60-year-old senatorial aspirant launched the “Kontra Dynasty” Movement last November 2012 and amplified the fight against dynasties in the political arena. He said that “there’s no such thing as a good dynasty. A dynasty is a dynasty and every time it disenfranchises majority of the people.” He appealed to the people not to vote for members of political dynasties running in national and local elections.

Yes for Peace National Advocacy Council

As Chairman of Yes for Peace National Advocacy Council, Penson seeked to gather at least ten million Filipinos to be peace advocates and call on the executive and legislative branches for transparency in the creation of the Bangsamoro New Political Entity and other peace process initiatives.




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