Negros Occidental: (R-L) Dr. Kiko & wife Charlotte with Abang-Lingkod Party List Representative Joseph Stephen “Caraps” Paduano, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson, 3rd District Representative & older brother Cong. Alfredo “Albee” Bantug Benitez, Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick “Wantan” Palanca & Vice Mayor Jerry “Didi” Jover, Himamaylan City Mayor Jose Nadie Arceo (back), and Chona Gosiaoco (in black)

Left: PWU President Dr. Jose Francisco “Kiko” B. Benitez; Right: Albee and Kiko Benitez in Negros

PWU President Benitez Announces Candidacy

Posted: October 16, 2018

Dr. Jose Francisco “Kiko” B. Benitez, president of the Philippine Women’s University, announced that he is running for Congress in the May 2019 elections. Dr. Benitez, who has been president of PWU since 2011, will run on an education platform. PWU was founded by his great-grandmother Francisca Tirona Benitez and he continues the family tradition of public service. Dean Conrado Benitez was one of the “7 Wise Men” who drafted the 1935 constitution and the late Senator Helena Z Benitez was an international leader and advocate for women’s issues.

Dr. Kiko Benitez is running in the 3rd District of Negros Occidental which has been represented by his older brother, Congressman Albee Benitez. Their late mother Betty belonged to the Bantug family of Victorias City and their late father, Joly Benitez was a technocrat known for mass housing projects during the Marcos era.

Dr. Benitez is an educator and scholar who led PWU out of a failed joint venture with STI in 2016. He is also President of the South Manila Educational Consortium and Vice President of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. The Board of Trustees of PWU, a non-stock, not-for-profit institution, announced that in the interim, Mr. Marco M. Benitez will serve as Executive Vice President and Dr. Felina C. Young as Chancellor/ Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

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