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Franklin "Frank" Magtunao Drilon (born November 28, 1945) is a Filipino politician who served as President of the Senate of the Philippines
Philippines
in 2000, from 2001 to 2006, and again from 2013 to 2016. Drilon is currently the Minority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
Philippines
and serving his fourth term in the Senate. He is also the chairman of the Liberal Party.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Political career

2.1 Cory Aquino cabinet 2.2 Senate

3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Drilon was born on November 28, 1945 in Iloilo
Iloilo
City, Iloilo
Iloilo
and is the eldest son of Cesar Drilon, Sr. and Primitiva Magtunao. He took his elementary education at the Baluarte Elementary School in Molo, Iloilo, Iloilo
Iloilo
and graduated in 1957. He finished his secondary education at the U.P. - Iloilo
Iloilo
College (now University of the Philippines
Philippines
High School in Iloilo) in 1961. In college he went to the University of the Philippines
Philippines
Diliman (U.P.) where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965. At U.P., he was the associate editor of the student newspaper Philippine Collegian and served as councilor of the U.P. Student Council. Among his classmates were future politicians Miriam Defensor Santiago
Miriam Defensor Santiago
and Ronaldo Zamora. In 1969, he completed his Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Laws
(LL.B) at the U.P. College of Law. In the same year he took the bar examination and finished with the third highest score. In the same year, he served as an associate lawyer of Sycip, Salazar, Luna, Manalo & Feliciano Law Offices[2] (now SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan). He moved to Angara, Abello, Concepcion, Regala & Cruz Law Offices[3] (ACCRALaw) in 1974, where he still serves as Senior Counsel. ACCRALaw elevated him to partner in 1975, co-managing partner in 1981 and managing partner in 1986. Drilon was also a Bar Examiner on Labor and Social Legislation in the 1979 and 1984 bar examinations. He also became the vice-president and governor of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines
Philippines
(ECOP) and the vice-president, Board member and treasurer of the Personnel Management Association of the Philippines
Philippines
(PMAP). Political career[edit] Drilon served the government and public corporations through the following positions:

Department of Justice

Secretary, (1990–1991; 1992–1995) Chairman, Board of Pardons and Parole Member, Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) Member, National Unification Commission Chairman, Presidential Committee on Human Rights (PCHR)

Executive Secretary (1991–1992)

Chairman, Cabinet Cluster on Political & Security Matters (Cluster "E") Member, National Security Council (NSC) Vice-Chairman, Committee on Privatization (COP)

Member, Joint Legislative-Executive Foreign Debt Council Department of Labor and Employment

Secretary, (1987–1990) Deputy Minister for Industrial Relations, Department of Labor and Employment (1986–1987) Member, Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Commissioner, Social Security Commission Chairman, National Labor Relations Commission Chairman, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Chairman, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Chairman, Employee Compensation Commission Trustee, Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) Board Member, National Housing Authority Chairman, National Manpower and Youth Council Chairman, National Wages Council Chairman, National Maritime Polytechnic Vice-Chairman, Public Sector Labor-Management Counci Chairman, Philippine National Bank (PNB) Director, Philippine Air Lines (PAL) Director, Land Bank of the Philippines Board Member, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation Board Member, Population Commission Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) of Region VI

Cory Aquino cabinet[edit] As Justice Secretary, Drilon was instrumental in the prosecution and conviction of Mayor Antonio Sanchez of Calauan, Laguna, who masterminded the rape-slaying of a UP Los Baños
UP Los Baños
coed and the murder of his friend; and Claudio Teehankee, Jr., who was figured in the gun slaying of Maureen Hultman. Both cases ended up in convictions. Senate[edit] In 1992, most of the Aquino cabinet were drafted for the Senate candidate line-up of the newly created party, Lakas Tao; Drilon opted to help President Aquino finish her term. He was again given the opportunity to run as a senatorial candidate of the Lakas–Laban coalition in the 1995 election. He got the fourth highest number of votes in that Senate race. In 1998, he bolted Lakas and joined the Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino
Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino
(LAMMP) and supported Joseph Estrada in the presidency contest. He was selected as Senate Majority Floor Leader the same year. In 1999, he was among those who voted in favor of the ratification of the Visiting Forces Agreement. When Marcelo Fernan
Marcelo Fernan
died of cancer the same year, he made concessions with Blas Ople
Blas Ople
in sharing the seat of the Senate President. They agreed that Ople will serve as Senate President from 1999–2000 and he would serve from 2000-2001. Ople served his term from July 1999-July 2000. Drilon was installed as Senate President in July 2000. On October 2000 he issued a statement about the Juetengate Scandal of President Joseph Estrada. He was removed the next month through a Senate revamp and Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.
Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.
was installed as Senate President (Drilon would also be succeeded by his son Aquilino Pimentel III as Senate President in 2016). On December 2000, an impeachment case was filed against President Estrada in the Senate. During the January 13, 2001 session of the impeachment proceedings, he was one of those who voted in favor of the opening of a mysterious second bank envelope. Their vote was outnumbered and Drilon was remembered as the Senator who cried in front of Senate President Pimentel together with Senator Loren Legarda, as impeachment lawyers walked out of the session hall in protest. Joseph Estrada
Joseph Estrada
was subsequently ousted that very evening by what would be remembered as the second EDSA People Power Revolution. Drilon allowed Pimentel to occupy the Senate presidency until the end of the regular session in June 2001.

Drilon in 2007.

When the session resumed in July 2001, Pimentel was replaced by Drilon as Senate President. Pimentel bolted the administration coalition and joined forces with the opposition coalition. In 2003, administration coalition partner Liberal Party, to which President Arroyo's father, Diosdado Macapagal, served as chairman in the 1960s, invited Drilon to be its member. Days later, Drilon was elected chairman of the political party. Before the 2004 elections, Drilon invited Senator Rodolfo Biazon
Rodolfo Biazon
to be a party member. Biazon bolted Raul Roco's Aksyon Demokratiko AD only days after he joined that party's convention to become the Liberal Party's new member. Drilon had close contacts with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
since 2001 and actively supported her when she ran for a fresh mandate to occupy the office of the President. That relationship ended on July 8, however, when Drilon---together with Biazon and some prominent members of the Liberal Party---decided to withdraw their support for her and asked for her resignation. In Arroyo's 2005 State of the Nation Address, Drilon was the only one noticed not applauding throughout the entire program. Drilon has been a vocal critic of the NorthRail project, a Chinese government-backed project to overhaul Manila's decrepit railway system. The railway was to be the first double-tracked railway in the country, and was expected to eventually extend to Clark in Pampanga and, according to the architects, as far north as San Fernando, La Union. During his second term as Senate President, Drilon spearheaded the Senate's confronting the excesses of the executive branch by authorizing the Senate standing committees to conduct inquiries in aid of legislation; he led the Chamber in opposing Executive Order No. 264, which prohibited members of the Cabinet from attending hearings of Congress, the Senate in particular, without permission from the President; he also opposed Proclamation No. 1017, which imposed a state of national emergency in the country. The Supreme Court sustained the Senate's stand on the two issues. He was hailed by all as the leading defender of the Senate's independence and of its constitutional duties. Drilon likewise led the Senate in opposing moves by the House of Representatives to amend the Constitution that would supposedly shift the legislature to a unicameral legislature, abolishing the Senate. In 2006, Drilon was succeeded as Senate President by Senator Manny Villar
Manny Villar
in accordance with a term-sharing agreement they forged in early 2004. Drilon ran again for the Senate as independent but was under the People Power Coalition senatorial line-up. The lineup was carefully chosen and the first letter of the candidate's surname (except for Roberto Pagdanganan) ended up with the line VOT FOR D CHAMMP. The line became a hit, and it led to the election of most of the coalition's senatorial candidates including Drilon. He again served as Senate President from 2001 to 2006. And from 2006 to the end of his second term as Senator on 2007, Drilon served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and worked firmly for the enactment of the new national budget law on 2007.

Senator Drilon at speaking engagement in Zamboanga City.

Drilon was re-elected to the Philippine Senate in 2010 was senator as 15 years (1995-2010). He served as the Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and led the Senate in enacting the national budget laws on time for 2011, 2012 and 2013. He likewise primarily authored a law that creates an oversight body of all government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) which would check them from incurring financial excesses and as well as ensuring their financial stability and makes them fiscally responsible. On 2012, after Senator Ralph Recto stepped down as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Drilon as its Vice-Chairman took over as its new Chairman and worked firmly for the enactment of the Sin Tax Law that would impose higher taxes on the cigarettes and liquors. Drilon proudly called it as "anti-cancer law" for he firmly believes that the law would discourage the people from taking cigarettes so that they will not suffer lung cancer. During the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona
Renato Corona
in early 2012, he acted as one of the Senator-Judges and later voted for his conviction and removal from office and disqualification from holding any elective or appointive government office. Halfway through the Presidency of Benigno Aquino III, Drilon won the majority of votes after being voted as Senate President, following the resignation of former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. It was predicted long after the Resignation of Enrile, that Drilon would have the majority. Enrile was subsequently elected as Minority Leader. Personal life[edit]

Senator Drilon praying during the reopening of the Manila
Manila
Cathedral

Drilon was married to fellow lawyer and ACCRA senior partner Violeta Calvo with whom he had two children, Eliza and Patrick. During his candidacy for a Senate seat in 1995, Drilon often traveled to the US to be with his wife who was then being treated for lung cancer. Mrs. Drilon died of the disease in September 1995, two months after her husband assumed his Senate seat. Two years after, Drilon proposed to close family friend Mila Serrano-Genuino, who was a widow. They married with former Presidents Aquino and Ramos as wedding sponsors. Drilon has a nephew named Rock who is married to ABS-CBN Broadcast Journalist Cecilia Victoria Oreña, also known as Ces Drilon. Drilon is a member of the Rotary Club, Makati
Makati
Chapter. He was an active member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Philippines
(IBP) where he was a former President of the Pasay–Makati–Mandaluyong–San Juan Chapter. Although he was born in Iloilo, he is a registered voter of Greenhills, San Juan. He received an honorary degree (Honoris Causa) from Central Philippine University.

References[edit]

^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  ^ http://www.syciplaw.com, SyCipLaw:. "SyCipLaw Home". www.syciplaw.com.  ^ http://www.accralaw.com

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Senate of the Philippines

Preceded by Edgardo Angara Chair of the Philippine Senate Finance Committee 2010–2013 Succeeded by Francis Escudero

Political offices

Preceded by Sedfrey A. Ordoñez Secretary of Justice 1990–1991 Succeeded by Silvestre H. Bello III

Preceded by Eduardo G. Montenegro Secretary of Justice 1992–1995 Succeeded by Demetrio G. Demetria

Preceded by Francisco Tatad Majority leader of the Senate of the Philippines 1998–2000 Succeeded by Francisco Tatad

Preceded by Blas F. Ople President of the Senate of the Philippines July 12, 2000–November 13, 2000 Succeeded by Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr.

Preceded by Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. President of the Senate of the Philippines 2001–2006 Succeeded by Manuel B. Villar, Jr.

Preceded by Juan Ponce Enrile President of the Senate of the Philippines 2013–2016 Succeeded by Aquilino Pimentel III

Preceded by Ralph Recto President pro tempore of the Senate of the Philippines 2016–2017 Succeeded by Ralph Recto

Preceded by Ralph Recto Minority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines 2017–present Incumbent

Party political offices

Preceded by Francis Pangilinan Chairman of Liberal Party 2006–2011 Succeeded by Benigno Aquino III

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Presidents of the Senate of the Philippines

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Jinggoy Estrada
(Acting) Franklin Drilon Aquilino Pimentel III

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Majority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines

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Presidents pro tempore of the Senate of the Philippines

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Senatorial history of Franklin Drilon

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<9th Senators of the 10th Congress of the Philippines
Philippines
(1995-1998) 11th>

Senate President

Neptali Gonzales (1995-1996, 1998) Ernesto Maceda(1996-1998)

Senior Senators (1992-1998) Junior Senators (1995-2001)

Heherson Alvarez Edgardo Angara Neptali Gonzales Ernesto Herrera Ernesto Maceda Orlando Mercado

Blas Ople Ramon Revilla, Sr. Alberto Romulo Leticia Ramos-Shahani Tito Sotto Freddie Webb

Nikki Coseteng Franklin Drilon Juan Ponce Enrile Marcelo Fernan† Juan Flavier Gregorio Honasan

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. Sergio Osmeña
Sergio Osmeña
III Raul Roco Miriam Defensor Santiago Francisco Tatad

Term ended June 30, 1998 Term ended June 30, 2001

† — Position vacated when Fernan died in 1999.

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<10th Senators of the 11th Congress of the Philippines
Philippines
(1998-2001) 12th>

Senate President

Marcelo Fernan
Marcelo Fernan
(1998-1999)† Blas Ople
Blas Ople
(1999-2000) Franklin Drilon
Franklin Drilon
(2000) Aquilino Pimentel Jr.
Aquilino Pimentel Jr.
(2000-2001)

Senior Senators (1995-2001) Junior Senators (1998-2004)

Nikki Coseteng Franklin Drilon Juan Ponce Enrile Marcelo Fernan† Gregorio Honasan Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo##

Ramon Magsaysay Jr. Sergio Osmeña
Sergio Osmeña
III Raul Roco Miriam Defensor Santiago Francisco Tatad

Teresa Aquino-Oreta Robert Barbers Rodolfo Biazon Rene Cayetano Teofisto Guingona Jr. Robert Jaworski

Loren Legarda Blas Ople John Henry Osmeña Aquilino Pimentel Jr. Ramon Revilla Sr. Tito Sotto

Term ended June 30, 2001 Term ended June 30, 2004

† — Position vacated when Fernan died in 1999. # — Position vacated when Cayetano died in 2003. ## — Position vacated when Arroyo was elected to vice presidency in 1998. ‡ — The appointment of Gloria Arroyo to Guingona to vice presidency made his position to the Senate vacant from January 20, 2001. On May 14, 2001, Honasan was elected to fill in Guingona's unfinished term until 2004. ‡‡ — Ople was appointed Foreign Affairs secretary in 2002.

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<11th Senators of the 12th Congress of the Philippines
Philippines
(2001-2004) 13th>

Senate President Franklin Drilon
Franklin Drilon
(2001-2004) #

Senior Senators (1998-2004) Junior Senators (2001-2007)

Tessie Aquino Oreta Robert Barbers Rodolfo Biazon Rene Cayetano Teofisto Guingona Jr. Gringo Honasan Robert Jaworski

Loren Legarda Blas Ople John Osmeña Aquilino Pimentel Jr. Ramon Revilla Sr. Tito Sotto

Edgardo Angara Joker Arroyo Franklin Drilon Loi Ejercito Noli de Castro Juan Flavier

Ping Lacson Sergio Osmeña
Sergio Osmeña
III Kiko Pangilinan Ramon Magsaysay Jr. Ralph Recto Manny Villar

Term ended June 30, 2004 Term ended June 30, 2007

# — Drilon's Senate presidency continued until 2006 during the 13th Congress. ## — Position vacated when Cayetano died in 2003. ‡ — The appointment of Gloria Arroyo to Guingona to vice presidency made his position to the Senate vacant from January 20, 2001. On May 14, 2001, Honasan was elected to fill in Guingona's unfinished term until 2004. ‡‡ — Ople was appointed Foreign Affairs secretary in 2002. ‡‡‡ — In 2004, de Castro vacated his position when he was elected to the vice presidency.

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<12th Senators of the 13th Congress of the Philippines
Philippines
(2004-2007) 14th>

Senate President

Manny Villar
Manny Villar
(2006-2007) # Franklin Drilon
Franklin Drilon
(2004-2006)

Senior Senators (2001-2007) Junior Senators (2004-2010)

Edgardo Angara Joker Arroyo Franklin Drilon Loi Ejecito Juan Flavier Ping Lacson

Sergio Osmeña
Sergio Osmeña
III Kiko Pangilinan Ramon Magsaysay Jr. Ralph Recto Manny Villar

Rodolfo Biazon Pia Cayetano Juan Ponce Enrile Jinggoy Estrada Dick Gordon Lito Lapid

Alfredo Lim Jamby Madrigal Aquilino Pimentel Jr. Mar Roxas Bong Revilla Miriam Defensor Santiago

Term ended June 30, 2007 Term ended June 30, 2010

# — Villar became the next Senate president during the 14th Congress. ## — Position vacated when Noli de Castro
Noli de Castro
was elected to the vice presidency. ### — In 2007, Lim vacated his position prior to his election as the mayor of Manila.

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<14th Senators of the 15th Congress of the Philippines
Philippines
(2010-2013) 16th>

Senate President

Juan Ponce Enrile
Juan Ponce Enrile
(2010–2013) # Jinggoy Estrada
Jinggoy Estrada
(2013) ##

Senior Senators (2007–2013) Junior Senators (2010–2016)

Edgardo Angara Joker Arroyo Alan Cayetano Chiz Escudero Gringo Honasan Ping Lacson

Loren Legarda Kiko Pangilinan Koko Pimentel Antonio Trillanes Manny Villar

Pia Cayetano Franklin Drilon Juan Ponce Enrile Jinggoy Estrada TG Guingona Lito Lapid

Bongbong Marcos Sergio Osmeña
Sergio Osmeña
III Ralph Recto Bong Revilla Miriam Defensor Santiago Tito Sotto

Term ends June 30, 2013 Term ends June 30, 2016

# — Ponce Enrile was also the Senate president of the 14th Congress. ##—Estrada is in acting capacity after Ponce Enrile takes his resignation. ### —Zubiri resigned from office on August 3, 2011, replaced by Pimentel afterwards. #### — Vacant due to election of Benigno Aquino III
Benigno Aquino III
to the presidency.

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<15th Senators of the 16th Congress of the Philippines
Philippines
(2013-2016) 17th>

Senate President Franklin Drilon

Senior Senators (2010-2016) Junior Senators (2013-2019)

Pia Cayetano Franklin Drilon Juan Ponce Enrile Jinggoy Estrada TG Guingona Lito Lapid

Bongbong Marcos Sergio Osmena III Ralph Recto Bong Revilla Miriam Defensor Santiago Tito Sotto

Sonny Angara Bam Aquino Nancy Binay Alan Cayetano JV Ejercito
JV Ejercito
Estrada Chiz Escudero

Gringo Honasan Loren Legarda Koko Pimentel Grace Poe Antonio Trillanes Cynthia Villar

Term ended June 30, 2016 Term ends June 30, 2019

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<16th Senators of the 17th Congress of the Philippines
Philippines
(2016-2019) 18th>

Senate President Koko Pimentel

Senior Senators (2013-2019) Junior Senators (2016-2022)

Sonny Angara Bam Aquino Nancy Binay JV Ejercito
JV Ejercito
Estrada Chiz Escudero Gringo Honasan

Loren Legarda Koko Pimentel Grace Poe Antonio Trillanes Cynthia Villar

Leila de Lima Franklin Drilon Win Gatchalian Dick Gordon Risa Hontiveros Ping Lacson

Manny Pacquiao Kiko Pangilinan Ralph Recto Tito Sotto Joel Villanueva Migz Zubiri

Term ends June 30, 2019 Term ends June 30, 2022

# —Vacant due to the appointment and confirmation of Alan Peter Cayetano as Secretary of Foreign Affair

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