Recently elected Senate President; was valedictorian when he
finished law at Xavier University. For 40 years now, he has either practiced,
taught or made laws. Was jailed four times for his anti-Marcos activities.
Former police officer, best remembered for capture of drug
lord Pepe Oyson; began his political career in 1992 by running for a
Congressional seat in his home province of Surigao del Norte. On his 2nd term,
appointed DILG secretary.
Co-founder of Pecabar Law Offices; served as defense counsel
to the libel case filed by President Aquino against a columnist; other
sensational cases include the 1994 Filmfest scam and the Vizconde massacre.
Was first elected to the Senate for a 3-year term in 1992. Ran
for reelection in 1995 for a full term in the Upper House; was a repre-sentative
of 3rd district of Quezon City from 1987 to 1992. A staunch advocate of
children’s, women’s rights, tourism and poverty alleviation.
When named secretary of public information by President
Marcos, he was only 29, making him the youngest appointee to the Cabinet since
1948. Resigned in 1980 to join the opposition at the Batasang Pambansa, where he
was first elected in 1978. Studied at UST, CRC, Harvard Institute of Int’l
VICENTE SOTTO III
Before joining politics in 1988 as vice mayor of Quezon City,
he was a TV host, then became the president and general manager of Tasha
Recording Studio, vice president for special projects of TAPE Inc., Vice
President of Vicor Music Corp. and Sports and Cultural Affairs consultant of
Has an impressive academic record of excellence in law. She
took up law courses in top universities, here and abroad. Accredited as an
expert in international law by the United Nations agencies. UP law professor;
author of 14 books; Ramon Magsaysay Awardee. The Australian Magazine named her
one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 1997. Before politics, she
was presiding judge of QC Regional Trial Court; was legal officer of the UN;
became Agrarian Reform secretary in 1989 and commissioner of Immigration and
Deportation in 1988. She ran for president in 1992 but narrowly lost to Fidel
Started political career in 1963 as Cebu City councilor. In
1968, he won as the city’s vice mayor and then became a senator in 1971. He
left the country during the martial law years. In 1987, he ran and won a Senate
SERGIO OSMEÑA III
Studied at Harvard, Georgetown University, UP and University
of San Carlos. He served as director of several companies including San Miguel
Corp., San Miguel Brewery-Hong Kong, PNB, Republic Bank, Telecommunications
Was an awarded movie actor-producer; spent 7 years in
government service at Bureau of Customs as senior intelligence officer from 1965
to 1972. Has degree in commerce from FEU.
At 18, graduated AB English, magna cum laude; got Law degree
with Abbot’s Award for Overall Excellence at San Beda College; Master of
Comparative Law, University of Pennsylvania.
TITO GUINGONA JR.
Lawyer, professor, legislator, Cabinet member, book author.
Got his Bachelor of Laws at Ateneo. Was elected delegate to the 1971
Constitutional Convention; one of the topnotchers in the senatorial elections in
Rose to popularity while health secretary (1992-1995). Served
as President of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement and International
Institute of Rural Reconstruction. Magsaysay awardee for international
JUAN PONCE ENRILE
Got Law degree cum laude (Class salutatorian) from UP, 1953;
trained at the International Tax Program of Harvard Law School where he obtained
his Master of Laws. Founder of Pecabar, one of the country’s hotshot law
Got Law degree from UP in 1969; same year, placed 3rd in the
bar; served as associate editor of the Philippine Collegian; He joined as senior
associate Angara, Abello, Conception, Regala & Cruz (ACCRA) Law Offices and
rose from the ranks until he became managing partner and head of the law firm in
1986. Served in the Aquino and Ramos Cabinets, was Senate president until last
Finished his Bachelor of Science degree from the PMA,1961.
Earned numerous awards including the Bronze Cross for heroism, Gold Cross for
gallantry, Distinguished Conduct Star for acts of gallantry, Distinguished
Service Star for invaluable service, the Philippine Legion of Honor for
eminently meritorious service.
Earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Philippine
Military Academy, graduating as Class Baron,1971. Got his Masters degree in
Business Management from AIM, 1981. Was recipient of 3 Gold Cross Medals for
gallantry in action in 1973-74.
Known as the "Living Legend" in Philippine
basketball; started as varsity player for UE where he earned a degree in
Business Administration in 1968.
Award-winning broadcaster before topping the Senate race of
1998; reservist in the Philippine Air force with a rank of Lt. Col. Has an MA in
National Secu-rity Administration from the National Defense College.
RAMON MAGSAYSAY JR.
Only son of the country’s most loved president, Ramon
Magsaysay, finished college at De La Salle University; pursued graduate studies
at Harvard School of Business Administration.
Only Filipino elected president of the International Labor
Organization. Was secretary of Labor from 1967 until the end of the Marcos era.
Under President Aquino’s term, was appointed to the Constitutional
Com-mission. Was Senate president until this year.
The youngest sister of Ninoy has served 3 terms in Congress as
representative of Malabon-Navotas. Supporter of children’s, women’s rights.
Holds college degrees in Liberal Arts major in Literature and History from the
Assump-tion, in International Studies from Ciudad Ducal in Avila, Spain. Has an
MA in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the