Top 10 Worst Politicians in the Philippines

The Philippines isn't exactly known for the most squeaky-clean politics around the globe. Sadly, corruption scandals have plagued the country for decades. So, who exactly are the politicians folks think take the cake when it comes to shady dealings?

From dynasties that dominate the political landscape to questionable figures making headlines, there's certainly no shortage of candidates when it comes to worst politicians. You'll often hear stories about them involving misuse of public funds, self-serving legislation, or outright abuse of power.
The Top Ten
1 Corazon Aquino Maria Corazon "Cory" Sumulong Aquino, popularly known as Cory Aquino, was a Filipina politician who was the 11th President of the Philippines, the first woman to hold that office and the first female president in Asia.

Worst President of All Time! Sold government-owned enterprises and discontinued projects out of spite of Marcos when sensibly she should have continued those projects to completion and without corruption since the Philippines had already borrowed the money.

Completely no knowledge of what she should have done. Her aides, cabinet, and oligarchs around her were just playing her for fools, and she pocketed a lot from it.

She didn't even have any background in politics, let alone leading a whole country. To make matters worse, she used the "democracy card" to negate her own incompetency and that of her allies. She does not deserve to be commemorated or be included in the 500-peso bill. Her husband was more sensible. Speaking of her husband, she used the demise of Benigno Aquino Sr. as fuel to the fire that has been burning the Philippines since the communist insurgency broke out. She deserves to be at the top of this list. So much for being the first female president of the Philippines.

2 Benigno Aquino III Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III (born February 8, 1960) is a Filipino politician who served as the 15th President of the Philippines from 2010 until 2016.

On paper, economically, he did well by reducing debts but stunted the growth of the Philippines by not investing in infrastructure. We are not a first world country. Why would you save money to pay down debts? You spend to earn tenfold into the future by growing the economy.

Need I say, he was stupidly corrupt as well.

He rode on people's sentiments following the death of his mother but was generally inept and incompetent in government.

He never apologized to the government of Hong Kong after the Manila hostage crisis in 2010.

3 Jose "Peping" Cojuangco

One of the worst politicians in the Philippines. He attempted to overthrow his nephew, Noynoy Aquino, during his nephew's term.

I don't know what to say about this man.

4 Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr.

Ferdinand Marcos is widely regarded as one of the most corrupt politicians in Philippine history. During his 20-year dictatorship, he and his wife, Imelda Marcos, amassed a massive fortune through embezzlement, graft, and other corrupt practices.

Marcos used his position of power to enrich himself and his cronies and to suppress any opposition to his regime. He siphoned off billions of dollars in public funds, using his ill-gotten wealth to fund lavish personal expenses, including multiple properties and art collections, as well as to bribe officials and maintain a powerful grip on the government.

Many supporters of Ferdinand Marcos may deny the facts surrounding his corruption, particularly those who hold strong loyalty to him and his legacy. However, the facts surrounding Marcos' corruption have been well-documented and supported by evidence.

5 Jinggoy Estrada

All his confidence comes from being a fortunate son and nothing more. It was from him that all senators exist for the whims of the President from their political party. They let their staff do their work.

There was nothing good in his term. It was his fault that the EDSA People Power Revolution 2 was enforced.

All he thinks about is the money he can get from the government.

6 Rodrigo Duterte Rodrigo "Rody" Roa Duterte, also known by the nickname Digong, is a Filipino lawyer and politician of Visayan descent who served as President of The Philippines from 2016 until 2022.

Rodrigo Duterte is renowned for his forceful rhetoric but lack of implementation. He exploited the drug war as a pretext to garner the empathy of the public, although the truth remains that innocent individuals are enduring the consequences of this program's exploitation.

A Ferdinand Marcos wannabe. His main strategy was to borrow a large amount of money internationally and pretend that regular government projects were achievements made possible by such loans.

He has also accumulated billions in his secret bank accounts and sold most of the Philippines to China.

China's lapdog. Made the pandemic ten times worse due to his negligence and failure to listen to health experts. He enabled the police force to abuse their power, turned the country into the sick man of Asia once again, and worst of all, promoted a culture of degeneracy among Filipinos.

7 Joseph Estrada Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada is a Filipino politician who served as the 13th President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001 and as the 9th Vice President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. He has currently been Mayor of the City of Manila, the country's capital, since 2013.

Also known as ERAP, he also stole money from the people through plunder cases. He is the second Ferdinand Marcos and was ousted through a people power revolution, just like what happened to Marcos.

One of the most corrupt politicians in the Philippines and the laziest president.

Why did he even become the president of the Philippines?

8 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is a politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 until 2010, as the 10th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and as member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga since 2010. She was the country's second female president, and the daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been accused of numerous cases of corruption and election rigging during her tenure. Her administration was marred by allegations of widespread bribery, embezzlement, and misuse of government funds. She has been involved in the plunder of public funds, including the misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.

Arroyo is also accused of election fraud, including rigging the 2004 presidential election, which she won by a narrow margin amid allegations of vote manipulation. She was also accused of attempting to manipulate the 2007 senatorial elections in favor of her allies.

She may have initiated infrastructure projects, but there is no doubt that she is one of the most corrupt presidents of the Philippines. She led a government in which the most corrupt officials were involved in multiple scams.

This tiny lady is as nasty as they come. She is one of the most corrupt presidents, owing to her husband's intelligence in figuring out how to pilfer government funds. Her administration was mostly involved in kickbacks and shady government deals.

9 Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.

He is the fool of the Senate. He has always been a fool and always will be. He knows that people are laughing at him because everyone knows that he is a thief. Yet he still persists in pursuing a government position, banking on the unintelligent Filipinos who still see him as an actor.

He had the audacity to dance "Budots" without even promising the people his advocacies and laws. Surprisingly, he will have a seat in the Senate in 2019, and we hope it's an electric one.

This man is shameless. After the P1B PDAF Scam, he is still motivated to run for senator. How did this man go free anyway?

10 Imelda Marcos

Imelda Marcos was also known for her involvement in corrupt practices during her husband's administration. She was famous for her love of luxury and opulence, which she flaunted in front of the Filipino people, who were struggling to make ends meet.

Despite numerous instances of corruption, Imelda Marcos remained unrepentant and continued to live a lavish lifestyle. She showed a lack of remorse for her actions and attempted to whitewash her family's legacy.

Used public funds to pay for her travels. Hid wealth along with her children after the death of their patriarch, Ferdinand. Still pretends to know nothing about what happened during her husband's reign. Also, believes that aliens communicate with her.

The Contenders
11 Juan Ponce Enrile Juan Ponce Enrile Sr. is a Filipino politician and lawyer. He was a protégé of President Ferdinand Marcos, and served as Justice Secretary and then Defense Minister under the Marcos regime.

The dinosaur has been pillaging the coffers of the nation since the beginning of his political career. This person does not deserve a peaceful end.

He was Marcos' former defense minister and is responsible for human rights violations under martial law. He is a corrupt politician.

One of the most evil and dishonest politicians in the Philippines. The most corrupt politician ever.

12 Jejomar C. Binay Sr.

Vice President Jejomar Binay has run a 30-year political dynasty in Makati City. He has multiple corruption charges both locally and on the national level, and has amassed a lot of ill-gotten wealth.

The con artist who has taken credit for all that Makati has become. His major con is overpricing every government project under his time as Makati mayor.

One of the most corrupt. Blatantly.

13 Cynthia Villar

Cynthia Villar and her family run for public office not to serve Filipinos but to expand their businesses and extend their influence.

A land grabber and anti-poor senator who authored the Rice Tariffication Law, which made poor Filipino farmers suffer.

The Villar Dynasty is using their position in government to expand their businesses.

14 Emilio Aguinaldo Emilio F. Aguinaldo (March 22, 1869 – February 6, 1964) was a Filipino revolutionary, politician, and a military leader who is officially recognized as the first and the youngest President of the Philippines and first president of a constitutional republic in Asia. He led Philippine forces first against Spain in the latter part of the Philippine Revolution, the Spanish–American War, and finally... read more

Should be in the top 10. He was considered one of the traitors of history. He was responsible for the deaths of Andres Bonifacio and Gen. Antonio Luna.

He sold the Philippines to Spain for MXP 800,000 to be exiled in Hong Kong while the revolution in the Philippines was still ongoing. He authorized the execution of Andres Bonifacio and his brother, Antonio Luna. He swore allegiance to the U.S.A. instead of accepting death after being captured.

One of the most corrupt politicians and dictators in the Philippines, he ordered the killings of Antonio Luna and Andres Bonifacio.

15 Leni Robredo

Puppet, stupid, and has no spine. She has no knowledge of what to do, and that is why she lost the Presidency. Without the support she had winning for VP when her party was the ruling party in 2016, she embarrassingly and expectedly lost the Presidency in 2022.

Stole the vice presidency seat from Bongbong Marcos in 2016. Puppet of oligarchs and communists. Doesn't know what she's saying in speeches and interviews. Promoted cancel culture to her political opponents. Only acted as vice president during the COVID-19 pandemic. Opposed the Duterte administration and slandered the country in foreign media. Changed their color from yellow to pink to disguise themselves as an independent party, when in fact they are still the Yellow Liberal Party.

Untrustworthy, weak-minded, second to Cory as the greatest liar in the world, leader of black propaganda, a plague on the lineage. Involved in corruption, jueting, and drug lord protection. Wife of the killer.

16 Bong Go

Duterte's personal aide. The one who replaces his diaper and wipes his anus after defecating. The real first lady of Duterte.

This puppet politician has billions in his name despite his low intelligence, as he is the number 1 crony of Duterte.

Puppet senator of Rodrigo Duterte. Doesn't know anything about legislating.

A puppet politician.

17 Manny Pacquiao Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines. He currently ranks #4 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.

Fake, usurper, bigot, hypocrite, and false prophet who preys on the poor and the gullible Filipinos. He keeps making false promises, leading them to believe that he will truly serve the nation, but has not passed a single law or even maintained a decent political and legal discussion. He always diverts to the Bible and to God just to keep a conversation going, but it's all superficial and petty. He has never helped the poor, except for show and media coverage. Even his own constituents in his hometown in General Santos City despise and shun him. He faces billions in tax fraud cases and is a known womanizer and drug lord.

Failed to attend Senate meetings. Too busy boxing. Despite a tremendous effort, lost the Presidency to Bongbong Marcos in 2022.

Being rich doesn't make you a good leader.

18 Leila de Lima

Drug lord queen or protector of drug lords.

Not the hostage!

19 Bato dela Rosa

Duterte's puppet. Retired police chief who murdered thousands of Filipinos under the fake drug war.

Loves the limelight. Mr. Second the Motion.

20 Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

He is the most corrupt Mayor of Makati, facing numerous cases in court. Moreover, he is also the worst Mayor of Makati. His father and sister are the better ones.

He is the son of Vice President Jejomar Binay and the mayor of Makati City who has been suspended from office due to plunder and anomalous projects.

Son of his father, enough said.

21 Janet Napoles

Involved in the pork barrel scandal, and his daughter lived a luxurious lifestyle using people's money.

The devil's advocate.

Greedy woman.

22 Andal Ampatuan Jr.

He must be at the top of the list due to the Maguindanao massacre. Next is Estrada for the plunder case involving the theft of Filipino funds.

Murderers and making politics their business just like most of the politicians.

He is an example of a person who thinks he is God.

23 Bongbong Marcos

Stole the presidency seat from Leni Robredo in 2022. Puppet of oligarchs and communists. Doesn't know what he's saying in speeches and interviews. Promoted cancel culture to his political opponents. Has not acted as president ever since. Opposed the Aquino administration and slandered the country in foreign media. Changed their color from red to black to disguise themselves as an independent party, when in fact they are still corrupt.

Cheated in the 2022 election. Refuses to pay Php 200 billion in taxes. Paid more than Php 5 billion to buy votes. A drug addict, stupid, and corrupt to the bone.

Stupid. Incompetent. Incomprehensible. Everything a basic public servant is not. Stupid again.

24 Tito Sotto

One of the worst senators of the 2010s era. He is planning to change the last lyrics of our national anthem.

Unflinching plagiarism, along with many more dirty tricks and skeletons in the closet.

25 Fidel V. Ramos

Sold Petron to Malaysia. Built only the MRT-3 while the country is trillions of pesos in debt. Stole the presidency seat from Miriam Defensor Santiago during the 1992 election by causing massive brownouts.

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