Senator Franklin M. Drilon

Senate Office: Rm. 601 & 20 (New Wing 5/F) GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Diokno Blvd., Pasay City
Trunk Lines: (632) 552-6601 to 70 local nos.  8592 to 8595
Direct Lines: (632) 659-5841 / (632) 659-7479
Telefax No.: (632) 659-5581
Email: [email protected]

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Born on November 28, 1945, in Iloilo City, to Cesar M. Drilon, Sr. and Primitiva M. Drilon, both deceased. He is married to Milagros Serrano Genuino from San Jose, Camarines Sur. He was formerly married to the late Atty. Violeta Calvo Drilon, with whom he has two children, Eliza Drilon-Luna and Patrick Drilon.


Baluarte Elementary School, Molo Iloilo City, 1957
UP Iloilo College High School, 1961
University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Arts, 1965
University of the Philippines College of Law, Bachelor of Laws, 1969
3rd Place Bar Examinations, 1969
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, Central Philippine University
Examiner on Labor and Social Legislation, Bar Examinations, 1978 and 1984
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, University of the Philippines


PHILIPPINE SENATE, 1995 - 2007, 2010 to PRESENT

16th CONGRESS (July 2013-present)
• Senate President
• Chairman, Commission on Appointments

15th CONGRESS (July 2010- 2013)
• Chairman, Committee on Finance
• Chairman, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Public Expenditures
• Vice Chairman. Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development
• Vice Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means
• Assistant Majority Leader, Commission on Appointments

13TH CONGRESS (July 2004 – July 2006)
Senate President
• Chairman, Commission on Appointments

(July 2006 – June 2007)
• Chairman, Committee on Finance
• Chairman, Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs
• Chairman, Oversight Committee on Dangerous Drugs
• Vice-Chairman, Committee on Constitutional Amendments
• Vice-Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations
• Vice-Chairman, Oversight Committee on Intelligence Funds, Programs & Activities

12th CONGRESS (2001-2004)
• Senate President
• Chairman, Commission on Appointments

11th CONGRESS (1998 – 2001)
Senate President (April to November 2000)
• Chairman, Commission on Appointments
• Majority Leader
• Chairman, Committee on Rules
• Chairman, Committee on Accounts

10th CONGRESS (1995-1998)
• Chairman, Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon)
• Chairman, Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies
• Vice Chairman, Agricultural Commission
• Vice-Chairman, Justice and Human Rights
• Vice Chairman, Finance Committee
• Member, Commission on Appointments

SECRETARY, Department of Labor and Employment (1987-1990)
SECRETARY, Department of Justice (1990-1991; 1992-1995)
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, Office of the President (1991-1992)


DEPUTY MINISTER, Ministry of Labor and Employment (1986)
• Chairman, Board and Pardons and Parole
• Chairman, Presidential Committee on Human Rights
• Chairman, Cabinet Cluster on Political & Security Matters
• Vice-Chairman, Judicial and Bar Council
• Vice-Chairman, Committee on Privatization
• Member, Presidential Agrarian Reform Council
• Member, National Security Council
• Member, Joint Legislative-Executive Foreign Debt Council
• Member, National Unification Commission
• Chairman, Philippine National Bank
• Chairman, National Labor Relations Commission
• Chairman, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
• Chairman, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
• Chairman, Employee Compensation Commission
• Chairman, National Manpower and Youth Council
• Chairman, National Wages Council
• Chairman, National Maritime Polytechnic
• Vice-Chairman, Public Sector Labor-Management Council
• Co-Chairman, National Productivity Commission
• Director, Philippine Air Lines
• Director, Land Bank of the Philippines
• Commissioner, Social Security Commission
• Trustee, Home Development Mutual Fund
• Board Member, National Housing Authority
• Board Member, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation
• Board Member, Population Commission
• Board Member, Maritime Training Council
• Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD), Region VI


VICE CHAIRMAN, Liberal Party (January 2011-present)
CHAIRMAN, Liberal Party (November, 2003 – September, 2004; December 1, 2007 to December  2010)
PRESIDENT, Liberal Party (September 8, 2004 – November 30, 2007)
CHAIRMAN, Coalition of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD)
PRESIDENT, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 112th General Assembly (2005)
CHAIRMAN, IPU Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians (2006 – 2007)
PRESIDENT, Pasay-Makati-Mandaluyong-San Juan Chapter, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
VICE-PRESIDENT AND GOVERNOR, Employers Confederation of the Philippines
VICE-PRESIDENT, Board Member and Treasurer, Personnel Management Association of the Philippines
MEMBER, Makati Rotary Club


PHILIPPINE LEGION OF HONOR (Degree of Commander), 1992
MOST OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE, University of the Philippines Law Alumni Association, 1994
MOST OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS, University of the Philippines in the Visayas, 1997

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