Who will be PDI’s Filipino of the Year 2012?


MANILA, Philippines—The Inquirer editors and deskmen have chosen, but what about you?

Who do you think should be the Inquirer’s Filipino of the Year 2012?

Tweet your thoughts to @Team_Inquirer by using the hashtag #FilipinooftheYear.

You can also vote from among the 13 names nominated by the Inquirer editors. (See poll box.)

To give you an idea of who have made it so far to the Inquirer’s honored roster, here’s a list of winners from 1991 when the Inquirer Filipino of the Year was launched.

1991 Raymundo Punongbayan
1992 Haydee Yorac
1993 Juan Flavier
1994 Overseas Contract Workers
1995 Filipino Everyman (Juan and Juana de la Cruz
1996 Fidel V. Ramos
1997 Corazon Aquino and Jaime Cardinal Sin
1998 Joseph Estrada
1999 Corazon Aquino
2000 Justice Hilario Davide
2001 Supreme Court Justices
2002 Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
2003 Manny Pacquiao
2004 Fernando Poe Jr.
2005 SEA Games Filipino Athletes
2006 Antonio Meloto
2007 Gov. Ed Panlilio
2008 Manny Pacquiao
2009 Ondoy Volunteers
2010  President Aquino
2011  Sendong Volunteers

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  • ADD

    Give it to Robredo. He deserved it. 

  • basilionisisa

    not even one near his achievements, seriously… President Noynoy Aquino!

  • Rikki Tikyo

    Hey! wheres the poll box? I can’t find it hahaha

  • Yanay Rort

    DOC GERRY ORTEGA. He has again proven that the Filipino is worth dying for. He fought for environmental issues affecting the island of Palawan in the face of the GUNS, GOLDS and GOONS of big time mining companies and corrupt national and local politicians.

    He was recognized by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) as its FIRST MODERN DAY MARTYR.

    He spearheaded the signature campaign for the protection of the country’s last frontier, The Palawan  Islands, against MAN-MADE ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION, especially against BIG and SMALL-SCALE MINING.

    His campaign for the EMPOWERMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE had been recognized internationally. His environmental projects, even after demise, remained and still help the local people make decent living.He brought to the national front the issue of Billions of MALAMPAYA FUNDS that were pocketed by national and local politicians. His stand on Palawan’s rightful share on Malampaya Funds spearheaded the case on the SHARING SCHEME, which was initiated by Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in connivance with some local politicos, which also resulted to the SCANDALOUS DISTRIBUTION and USE OF THE MALAMPAYA FUNDS.

    As a media practitioner, his no nonsense exposes’ against corrupt practices in government agencies tasked to implement government projects led to the suspension of some DPWH Officials, which now face multiple cases of graft and corruption. 

    In his stint as Board Member of the the Province of Palawan, he was the sole member of the Board whose reports and liquidation was found in perfect order, with no hint of hanky-panky, as certified by the Commission on Audit.The criminal case on his murder is pending in the Courts; 2 years after the brutal act. The alleged masterminds, big-time and known pro-mining politicos remain at large despite the P2M bounty on their heads. The foot-dragging of the Philippine National Police to do a manhaunt against these perpetrators just confirmed the connections and powers enjoyed by the alleged masterminds and speak of the kind of people Doc Gerry Ortega had to face in his crusades.

    A posthumous recognition for his sacrifices will give our children a message that RIGHTEOUSNESS and NATIONALISM is not only for the Rich and Famous. That you can be a success in your endeavors without having to sacrifice your principles and deviate from the morally upright path.

  • Max Tandan

    I nominate President Pnoy Aquino – the only president to defy the dictatorial Catholic Church.

  • Randy

    I respectfully nominate KABANG, the heroic dog!

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