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PROFILE: Franklin “Frank” Magtunao Drilon

Posted at 05/05/2010 3:40 PM | Updated as of 05/07/2010 5:59 PM


Date of Birth: November 28, 1945
Place of Birth: Baluarte, Molo, Iloilo City
Provincial Address: Iloilo
Metro Manila Address: Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila
Civil Status: Married to Milagros Serrano-Genuino
Children: Eliza Drilon-Luna and Patrick Drilon 

Liberal Party (LP)


Educational Attainment 

  • Drilon took his Elementary Education at the Baluarte Elementary School in Iloilo City and graduated in 1957.
  • He finished secondary education at the University of the Philippines Iloilo College in 1961.
  • In 1965, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree at University of the Philippines in Diliman. He was University Councilor of the UP Student Council and became an Associate editor of the Philippine Collegian.
  • He took Bachelor of Laws in the same university in 1969. Drilon was a Member of the editorial board of the Philippine Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Purple Feather, the Honor society of the UP College of Law. 

Career Timeline 

1969: Drilon took the bar with 86.85%, ranking third in the list of passers. After passing the bar, he worked for four months at the Ledesma, Saludo & Associates firm.
1969: He became an Associate in Sycip, Salazar, Luna, Manalo & Feliciano Law Offices for four years. 
1974: He became the Senior Associate for Angara, Abello, Concepcion, Regala & Cruz Law offices. A year after, he become Partner of the law firm.
1981: Drilon became Co-managing partner of Angara, Abello, Concepcion, Regala & Cruz Law offices and in 1986 rose to the position of Managing partner.
1986-1987: He was appointed by former President Cory Aquino in the Department of Labor as a deputy minister for industrial relations. In 1987, he was appointed secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment under Aquino’s term.
1988 – 2000: During his first stint in the Senate, he became Senate Majority Leader and held chairmanship of various Senate committees. At the same time, he was commissioner of the Social Security Commission, vice-chair of the Judicial and Bar Council.
He also became chairman of the board of the Philippine National Bank, director for Land Bank of the Philippines, and company director for the Philippine Airlines.
1990-1991: He was appointed as secretary for the department of Justice.
1991-1992: He was appointed as Executive secretary of the office of then President Aquino.
1992-1995: Under President Fidel Ramos’ term, he was appointed as cabinet secretary in the Department of Justice.
1995: He ran as a Senatorial candidate of the Lakas-Laban party-list and got the fourth highest number of votes in that Senatorial race. As Senator, he presided over the investigations of the Blue Ribbon Committee.
1998: In the national elections, Drilon bolted out of Lakas and joined the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) and won. He assumed the post of a Senate Majority Floor Leader where he oversaw the deliberations and passage of bills. He voted in favor of the ratification of the Visiting Forces Agreement in 1999.
2000: He became Senate President.
2004: He joined the Liberal Party and became its Chairman and then Party President.
He’s also the Chairman of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD). In 2005, He became the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 112th General Assembly.
2006: Drilon became the Chairman of the IPU Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians. He was the first Filipino legislator to be elected to the position since the IPU was established in 1889.
2004-present: After leaving the Senate, he currently works with the ACCRA Law Office. 


  • Member, Sigma Rho Fraternity
  • Member, Rotary Club of Makati
  • Former president, Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Pasay-Makati-Mandaluyong-San Juan
  • Former vice president and governor, Employers Confederation of the Philippines
  • Former vice president, Personnel Management Association of the Philippines

Business Affiliations 

  • Investor, Violet Orchids Holdings Corp.
  • Investor, Anglo Ventures Corp.
  • Investor, Calamba Trading Corp.
  • Investor, Canopus Development Corp.
  • Investor, Challenge Corp. of the Philippines
  • Investor, Challenge Distributors Inc.
  • Stockholder, Seafront Petroleum, Marsteel Corp.
  • Stockholder, Balabac Resources and Holdings Co.
  • Stockholder, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.
  • Stockholder, San Miguel Corp.
  • Stockholder, Pilipino Telephone Corp.
  • Stockholder, Cebu Holdings Corp.