Jovito Salonga

Politician from Philippines

Jovito Salonga Jovito "Jovy" Reyes Salonga (born June 22, 1920) is a Filipino nationalist politician and lawyer, as well as a leading opposition leader during the Marcos regime from 1972, when Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, until 1986, when Marcos was deposed as a result of a bloodless revolution (see People Power Revolution). Salonga was the 14th President of the Senate of the Philippines serving from 1987 to 1992. Jovito Salonga was born in poverty in Pasig City on June 22, 1920. His father was a Presbyterian pastor, Esteban Salonga and his mother, Bernardita Reyes, was a market vendor. His parents married in 1904. Jovito Salonga, the youngest of five brothers, worked his way through college and law school as a proofreader in the publishing firm of his eldest brother, Isayas. During his senior year at the College of Law at the University of the Philippines (U.P.), he quit his job to prepare for the bar exam. Due to the advent of World War II, he postponed taking the Philippine Bar Examination until 1944, when he and Jose Diokno both topped with a grade point average of 95.3%. A few months after the Japanese invasion in December 1941, Salonga went underground and engaged in anti-Japanese  ( Wikipedia article )


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Lydia Busuego
Lawyer, Politician

Political career

Party From To
Liberal Party


Institution From To
Yale University
Harvard Law School
University of the Philippines
University of the Philippines College of Law

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