Philippine 2013 Elections: Samson Alcantara

  • Name: Samson Savella Alcantara
  • Age: 77
  • Educational attainment: Bachelor of Laws, Manuel L. Quezon University School of Law
  • Classification: Neophyte
  • Work experience: Law professor
  • Political Party: Social Justice Society
  • Civil Status: Married
  • Net worth/SALN: N/A

Abra-born Samson Alcantara has had a successful law career since he placed third in the 1956 bar exams.

At 77, he is still active in the practice and serves as counsel for various teachers; and workers' groups.

Alcantara is national president of the Social Justice Society, the group that first made headlines when it pushed for the relocation of oil depots from Pandacan.

He is also the founding chairman and president of ABAKADA GURO, a teachers' party-list group which is set to participate in the 2013 elections.

His achievements have earned Alcantara several recognitions, including the Outstanding Abrenian Award given by the provincial government of Abra in 2005 and an Outstanding Alumni Award from the MLQU in 2009.

Where he stands

  • divorseLegalizing divorce: No
  • marriageSame-sex marriage: No
  • disputeTerritorial dispute against China: "We should insist on our claims. And we should not feel threatened by a world power. We should not cave in and we should insist on our rights and seek peaceful means of settling the dispute."
  • deathDeath penalty: No
  • Reproductive healthReproductive health law: No

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