PROFILE: Francisco “KIT” Sarmiento Tatad
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Date of Birth: October 4, 1939
Place of Birth: Gilgomoto, Catanduanes
Metro Manila Address: Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Civil Status: Married to Fernandita Cantero Tatad
Children: Jose Karlo Magno, Anna Melissa Francesca, Maria Raissa, Paulo Francisco, Ma Erika Victoria, Ma Michaela Veronica, and Maria Gabriela
Grand Alliance for Democracy (GAD)Guest Candidate of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP)
- He studied at the Gigmoto Elementary School in Catanduanes, where he had to walk 54 kilometers to go to school. After moving to Manila, Tatad finished his secondary education at the Roosevelt College in Cubao, Quezon City.
- He took up Philosophy at the University of Sto. Tomas. As a Thomasian, he was the Literary Editor of The Varsitarian in 1960. One of his short stories was published in a Hong Kong-based Asian magazine. He was barred from finishing his degree after organizing an unapproved symposium in the University.
- He finished a Business Economics degree at the University of Asia and the Pacific, then Center for Research Communications.
- Tatad sent himself to school by doing odd jobs and other forms of menial labor such as selling books, health insurance, and cleaning materials. He also wrote on the side both as a speech writer for Bicolano politicians (such as Senator Tekla Ziga) and magazines.
1960s–early 90s: Tatad worked as a journalist and columnist for various agencies. He was correspondent for the Agence France-Presse (1960s), columnist and reporter of Manila Bulletin (1960s), writer for International Herald Tribune, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, Washington Quarterly, Business Day, and the Philippine Daily Globe (1986-1992).
He was a publisher and editor for Newsday (1989-1991), and author of five books: The Prospects of the Filipino (1978), The Philippines in 1986 (1986), Guarding the Public Trust (1995), A Nation on Fire: The unmaking of Joseph Ejercito Estrada and the remaking of democracy in the Philippines (2002), The Forbidden Life of Amargo Raz (2009).
1969-1980: Served as Minister of the Ministry of Public Information under the President Ferdinand Marcos.
He was later appointed as Cabinet Secretary and at 29 years old, was the youngest Cabinet member in the country.
1978-1984: Tatad was elected to the Batasang Pambansa with the highest number of votes among the 12 Bicolano representatives.
1992-2001: He won a two-term seat in the Senate and served as Senate Majority Floor Leader.
His first term was a three-year period under the transitory provision in the 1987 Constitution.
1998 - 2004: Tatad ran for re-election as senator and won. Though he supported President Joseph Estrada, he rejected offers to join the Genuine Opposition Party.
2007: Tatad resigned from the United Opposition’s governing board as a protest against the party’s support for Koko Pimentel and Alan Peter Cayetano, senatorial bets who have a father and sister respectively in the Senate.
His was principal author of the Electric Power Crisis Act which helped end the 1992-1993 electric power crisis.
In 1997, he filed a petition to challenge the constitutionality of the Oil Deregulation law before the Supreme Court.
He is a known conservative particularly in reference to issues such as contraception and the reproductive health bill.
The following are the bills he authored that were eventually passed into law:
- RA7342 – An Act Instituting a New System of Mineral Resources Exploration, Development, Utilization, and Conservation (March 3, 1995)
- RA7942 – An Act Appropriating the Sum of Ten Billion Pesos for the Aid, Relief, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Livelihood Services as well as Infrastructure Support for the Victims of the Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, Creating the Mt. Pinatubo Assistance, Resettlement and Development Commission and for other purposes (September 24, 1992)
- RA7638 – An Act Creating the Department of Energy, Rationalizing the Organization and Functions of Government Agencies Related to Energy and for other purposes RA7640 – An Act Constituting the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (December 9, 1992)
- RA7641 – An Act Amending Article 287 of Presidential Decree No. 442, as amended, otherwise known as the Labor Code of the Philippines, by Providing the Retirement Pay to Qualified Public Sector Employees in the Absence of any Retirement Plan in the Establishment (December 16, 1992)
- RA7648 – An Act Prescribing Urgent Related Measures Necessary and Proper to Effectively Address the Electric Power Crisis and for other purposes (April 2, 1993)
- RA7653 – The New Central Bank Act (June 14, 1993)
- RA7655 – An Act Increasing the Minimun Wage of Househelps Amending for the Purpose Article 143 of Presidential Decree No. 142 as amended (September 19, 1993)
- RA7688 – An Act Giving One Representation to Women in the Social Security Commission, amending for its purpose Section 3(A) of Republic Act No. 1161 as amended (March 3, 1993)
- RA7718 – An Act Amending Certain Sections of Republic Act 6957, entitled An Act Authoring the Financing, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Infrastructure Projects by the Private Sector and for other purposes (May 5, 1994)
- RA7719 – An Act Promoting Voluntary Blood Donation, Providing for an Adequate Supply of Safe Blood, Regulating Blood Banks, Providing Penalties for Violations thereof (May 16, 1994)
- RA7721 – An Act Liberalizing the Entry and Scope of Operations of Foreign Banks in the Philippines and for other purposes (May 18, 1994)
- RA7722 – An Act Creating the Commission on Higher Education, Appropriating Funds therefore and for other purposes (May 18, 1994)
- RA7796 – An Act Creating the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Providing for its Powers, Structures, and for other purposes (August 25, 1994)
- RA7808 – An Act Resettling the Elections of Sangguniang Kabataan Officials to the First Monday of May 1996, and Every Three Years Thereafter (September 8, 1994)
- RA7843 – An Act Rationalizing and Strengthening the Provisions for Anti-Dumping, Amending for the Purpose Section 301, Part 2, Title II, Book 1 of the Tariffs and Custom Code of the Philippines, as amended (December 21, 1994)
- RA7844 – An Act to Develop Exports as Key Toward the Achievement of the National Goals Toward the Year 2000 (December 21, 1994)
- RA7879 – An Act to Instituting a National Health Insurance Program for all Filipinos and Establishing the Philippine Health Insurance for that Purpose (February 14, 1995)
- RA7888 – An Act to Amend Article 13 of Executive Order No. 226, otherwise known as the Omnibus Investment Code of 1987 (February 20, 1995)
- RA7904 – An Act Amending Section 185 of the Omnibus Election Code, as amended by Requiring the Commission on Elections to Furnish Every Registered Voter at least Thirty (30) Days Before an Election with the Official Sample Ballot, Voters’ Information Sheet, and List of Candidates (February 23, 1995)
- RA8046 – An Act Authorizing the Commission on Elections to Conduct a Nationwide Demonstration of a Computerized Election System and Pilot-test in the March 1996 Election in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and for other purposes (February 2, 1995)
- RA8047 – An Act Providing for the Development of the Book Publishing Industry Through the Formulation and Implementation of a National Book Policy and National Book Development Plan (June 7, 1995)
- RA8150 – An Act Providing for a Six-Year Public Works and Infrastructure Program (September 8, 1995)
- Founder, Senatorial Bet – Grand Alliance for Democracy (GAD)
- Director for Asia-Pacific of International Right to Life Federation (1997)
Awards, Medals, Citations
- His short story was chosen for an Asian magazine where he won $150
- Time Magazine’s “150 Faces for the Future” in International Survey of Rising World Leaders in 1975
- Honorary Sultan a Macalangcap (Bearer of Truth) by the Sultanate League of Marawi City in recognition of his contribution to the search for peace in Muslim Mindanao
- Two Philippine universities and one foreign university bestowed on him honorary doctorates of laws, humanities, and public administration