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PROFILE: Manuel Bamba “MANNY” Villar, Jr

Posted at 05/13/2009 4:47 PM | Updated as of 04/29/2010 9:03 AM
Date of Birth: December 13, 1949
Place of Birth: Moriones, Tondo, Manila Address: Las Piñas City
Civil Status: Married to Cynthia Aguilar-Villar, current representative of Las Piñas
Children: Paolo, Mark, Camille

Official website: www.mannyvillar.com.ph
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Manny-Villar/49131773283
Twitter Account: http://twitter.com/manuelvillar



Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. is the only presidential candidate who claims to have personaly experienced what it’s like to be poor—a deviation from the usual roster of popular candidates who come from upper class families but claim to be pro-poor. His success in his previous real estate ventures fueled Villar’s rags-to-riches story, which has inspired voters who elected him to national posts. As he pursues the country’s highest political position, however, ethical issues on how he conducted his business have emerged.

On resigning as Senate President: “I have been informed just this afternoon that I no longer have the support of the majority of my colleagues. I now therefore formally tender my resignation. They now have 13 votes. I lost Chiz (Escudero) and Jinggoy (Estrada).”

On the C-5 insertion controversy: Villar vehemently denied any corruption in the road extension project. “Hindi ako duwag, at hindi ako sinungaling. Pilit akong hinihila pababa ng aking mga katunggali sa pulitika. Wala po akong kasalanan, wala pong anomalya sa C5, hindi po ako nakinabang. I have never stolen money from the public coffers, and I do not intend to steal. Hindi naman negosyo ang pagiging pangulo; kung gusto ko lang magpakayaman, magne-negosyo na lang ako.”


Educational Attainment

  • Villar dropped out from Isabelo delos Reyes Elementary School, a public school in Tondo, when he was in Grade 1. His mom used to tag him along as she bought and sold fish and shrimp in the wet market to augment the family’s income. He transferred to Tondo Parochial School, a private Catholic school run by priests , and finished elementary in 1962.
  • He finished high school at the Mapua Institute of Technology in 1966.
  • Villar graduated with a Business Administration degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1970. He earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the same university in 1973.


Career Timeline

1971-1972, CORPORATE: After graduation, Villar worked as an entry-level auditor for local firm SGV & Co. He left after a year after realizing it was better for him to be self-employed. He started his own business in 1972.

1972, ENTREPRENEURSHIP: His first business venture involved delivering seafood stocks to restaurants in Makati. But this ventured folded up when his biggest customer failed to pay.

1972-1975, CORPORATE: Villar returned to the corporate world as financial analyst for the Private Development Corporation of the Philippines, a development finance institution. He analyzed the borrowing capacity of and marketed to World Bank clients. He quit shortly, availing one of the loans, and headed off to his next business venture.

1975-Present, ENTREPRENEURSHIP: With a capital of P10,000, he purchased two reconditioned trucks and started his sand-and-gravel business in Las Piñas. He eventually moved into building homes, focusing on the low-cost market segment, which larger property firms snubbed before. The success of flagship firm C&P Homes was largely attributed to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who turned out to be a lucrative market. C&P Homes listed in the stock exchange in 2005.

Other companies established to complement C&P’s reach, supply chain, and marketing network were Household Development Corp., Palmera Homes, Inc., Brittany Corp., Adelfa Properties, Inc., Fine Properties, Inc., M.B. Villar Co. Inc., Macy’s Inc., Golden Haven Memorial Park, Inc., Crown Asia, Camella Homes, and Fine Properties, Inc.

1992-2001, LEGISLATIVE (HOUSE OF RESPRESENTATIVES): Villar ran and won as representative of the lone district of Las Piñas under LAKAS-NUCD. During his three terms in the House of Representatives, he authored laws that benefitted the infrastructure and tourism potentials of Las Piñas. He also pushed for the separation of Las Piñas and Muntinlupa as different cities.

1998: Villar became Speaker of the House, succeeding Pangasinan representative Jose de Venecia Jr., who ran for president in 1998. During the impeachment trial of former President Joseph Estrada in 2000, House Speaker Villar railroaded the transmittal of the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

2001-present, LEGISLATIVE (SENATE): Villar won a senatorial seat as an Independent candidate. He won again in 2007. In the 12th Congress, Villar authored 44 laws, including the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, and the Barangay Micro Business Act.

He also held the position of Senate President Pro Tempore and was the chairman of the Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations, Public Order, and on Agriculture and Fisheries.

2003, POLITICAL PARTY: He was sworn in as a member of the Nacionalista Party and became President and proclaimed standard bearer in 2004.

2006: He became Senate President but resigned in 2008 after Sen. Panfilo Lacson raised the double insertion issue on the C-5 road project, which provided access to different properties of theVillar Group.


Legislative Record

In the 18 years Villar stayed in the legislative branch, he had filed more than 1,828 bills and resolutions in both chambers of Congress—882 in the lower house and 946 in the Senate. Of these bills, 67 were signed into law.

Villar also co-authored and co-sponsored the amendment and extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. He also signed the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).

House of Representatives

  • Since first elected to the Lower House, Villar submitted hundreds of bills and resolutions. He filed a total of 882 bills and resolutions during his stint as Las Piñas representative.
  • Nine of these bills were signed into law. Of these, 5 were local bills—3 were local bills that improved infrastructure in Las Piñas and 2 bills that turned Las Piñas and Muntinlupa into cities.
  • Villar authored RA 8179 or the New Foreign Investments Act; RA 8289, The New Magna Carta for Small and Medium Enterprises; RA 8282, which extended compulsory coverage to sea-based workers from the SSS; and RA 8291 or the GSIS Act of 1997, which restructured and improved the services of the Government Service Insurance System.
  • As Speaker of the House, he secured the passage of RA 8762 or the Retail Trade Liberalization Act, which liberalized the local industries to encourage Filipino and foreign investors to forge retail trade sectors; and the landmark RA 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999


  • During his first term from 2001 to 2004, Villar authored 44 laws in the Senate. These laws were geared to protect women and children, give benefist to senior citizens, allow absentee voting, and establish a national health insurance program. Some of these laws were:
  • RA 9262: Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004
  • RA 9231: Magna Carta for the Working Child
  • RA 9165: Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002
  • RA 9208: Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003
  • RA 9239: Optical Media Act 2004
  • RA 9163: National Service Training Program Act
  • RA 9166: Act Promoting the Welfare of Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • RA 9257: An Act Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens
  • RA 9173: Philippine Nursing Act
  • RA 9241: An Act Amending Republic Act No. 7875, otherwise known as an Act Instituting a National Health Insurance Program for all Filipinos and establishing the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation
  • RA 9178: Barangay Micro Business Enterprises Act of 2002
  • RA 9189: Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003
  • RA 9207: National Government Center Housing and Land Utilization Act
  • RA 9160: Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001
  • In his second term as Senator, he authored 494 bills and resolutions. Among these, only 8 have been passed into law. He authored and sponsored the landmark RA 9372 or the Human Security Act, also called the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2005.
  • Before joining the 2010 presidential race, Villar registered a total of 408 filed bills. Of these, he authored 6 bills that were eventually signed into law. Among the important laws he authored and sponsored are:
  • RA 9514, the Revised Fire Code, which delineates new rules and regulations for fire safety and prevention
  • RA 9516 (Disposition of Firearms and Ammunition) prohibits illegal and unlawful usage and possession of firearms

Affiliations and Parties

  • He is a member of the Nacionalista Party since 2003. He became party president in 2004 and was chosen as the party’s presidential bet for the 2010 Elections.
  • He was an Independent candidate when he ran for his first term as senator, from 2000-2003.
  • He was once a member of the Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (LAMMP) 1998-2000, but defected from LAMMP during the Estrada Impeachment trial.
  • He was a member of Lakas-NUCD during his first two terms (1992-1998) as a congressman.



  • Ten Outstanding Young Men Award (1986) by the Philippine Jaycees
  • Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Management (1989)
  • Most Outstanding CPA by the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (1990)
  • Most Outstanding UP Alumnus (1991)


–With additional research from Maria Althea Teves, Newsbreak

Sources: www.mannyvillar.com, www.i-site.ph, www.congress.gov.ph, www.abs-cbnnews.com, www.nytimes.com, www.philstar.com, www.gmanews.tv, www.politicalarena.com