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Guingona III, Teofisto De Lara


April 19, 1955

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ANY other senator would have fixed his gaze in securing a reelection. He would have been a proud member of the senate’s Committee of Silence and mastered Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Moreover, he could easily be a political darling ready to compromise principle for favors.

But this senator chose otherwise: he hit the ground running. For an opening salvo, he assumed the chairmanship of the Blue Ribbon Committee, a high-profile body dreaded by the powerful and corrupt. In advocating for transparency and reforms in the national budget system, good governance, and peace and progress in Mindanao, this senator never rests.

His name is Teofisto Guingona III. People simply call him TG.

With an Ateneo de Manila degree in Economics and Law, TG embarked on a political career after taking care of family business. He was bent on upholding civil liberties, democratic ideals, and a progressive economy.

As Chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, TG believes that his task is to bring issues of good governance to the consciousness of the masses, not just by words but through actions it in fact. This committee has awakened people to the reality of corruption in the highest places: the plea bargain scandal involving former AFP comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, the AFP pabaon scandal, the PNP chopper scam, the Euro generals scandal, and the PCSO scam involving former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, no less, and lately the controversial pork barrel scam.

TG was barely 19 years of age when he led the Ateneo student government in a mass action against the dictatorship. They protested the massive cheating in the 1978 Interim Batasan Pambansa elections, in which imprisoned Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., was the most popular but losing candidate. It led to TG’s arrest and incarceration at Bicutan Center where he shared a prison cell with his father, Teofisto Guingona Jr. and mother, Ruth de Lara, along with other political personalities such as Sen. Joker Arroyo, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr. , Sen. Lorenzo Tanada Sr. and Sen. Soc Rodrigo.

To TG, this was a humbling experience that fired up a courage and dedication to his country.