Pride of the Visayans

franklin m. drilonBorn to spouses Cesar M. Drilon, Jr. and Primitiva M. Drilon on November 28, 1945, Senator Franklin Drilonis married to Milagros Serrano Genuino of San Jose, Camarines Sur. He was formerly married to the late Atty. VioletaCalvoDrilon with whom he has two children — Eliza and Patrick.

Franklin finished his elementary education in Baluarte,Molo Iloilo City in 1957 and high school from the University of the Philippines (UP)in Iloilo in 1961. But his thirst for education did not stop there.

He went back to UP and finished Bachelor of Arts in 1965. Not satisfied, he took up law in the same school and landed on the 3rd slot after passing the bar examinations in 1969.

Doctor of Laws, HonorisCausa, Central Philippine University
Examiner on Labor and Social Legislation, Bar Examinations, 1978 and 1984

Public service

Senator, 1995 – 2007

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

Cabinet Secretary, 1987 – 1995

  • Secretary, Department of Labor and Employment (1987-1990)
  • Secretary, Department of Justice (1990-1991; 1992-1995)
  • Executive Secretary, Office of the President (1991-1992)

Other past government positions

  • 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
    Political and professional affiliation
    Chairman, Liberal Party (November, 2003 – September, 2004; December 1, 2007 to date)
    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
    Awards and citations
    Philippine Legionof 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