7th Congress of the Philippines

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7th Congress of the Philippines
1970 – 1972
President Ferdinand Marcos
Vice President Fernando Lopez
Senate
Senate President Gil J. Puyat
Senate President pro tempore Jose J. Roy
Majority leader Arturo Tolentino
Minority leader Gerardo Roxas
Members 24
House of Representatives
House Speaker Jose B. Laurel, Jr.
(1970-1971)
Cornelio T. Villaurel
(1971-1972)
Majority leader Marcelino Veloso
Minority leader Justiniano S. Montano
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The Seventh Congress of the Philippines (Filipino: Ikapitong Kongreso ng Pilipinas) was the meeting of the legislature of the Republic of the Philippines, composed of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives from January 26, 1970 until it was effectively dissolved with the declaration of martial law on September 23, 1972 by President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos then exercised legislative powers. In 1976, Congress was replaced by the Batasang Bayan as the Philippines' legislative body until 1978, when it was replaced by the Batasang Pambansa.

One-third of the Senate and the entire membership of the House of Representatives was replaced after the 1969 general elections and another third of the Senate membership was replaced after the midterm senatorial elections of 1971.

Sessions[edit]

  • First Regular Session: January 26 – May 21, 1970
    • First Special Session: May 22 – June 25, 1970
    • Second Special Session: June 29 – August 1, 1970
    • Third Special Session: September 7 – October 10, 1970
  • Second Regular Session: January 25 – May 20, 1971
    • Fourth Special Session: June 14 – July 17, 1971
    • Fifth Special Session: August 2 – September 4, 1971
  • Third Regular Session: January 24 – May 18, 1972
    • Sixth Special Session: May 19 – June 21, 1972
    • Seventh Special Session: June 23 – July 27, 1972
    • Eighth Special Session: July 28 – August 31, 1972
    • Ninth Special Session: September 1 – September 23, 1972

Legislation[edit]

The Seventh Congress in its three regular and six special sessions passed a total of 512 acts. Among it were:

RA No Description
6124 Fixing the Maximum Selling Price of Essential Commodities and the Creation of the Price Control Council
6125 Imposition of a Stabilization Tax on Overseas Consignments
6126 Regulation of Housing Rentals
6127 Amendment to Article 29 of The Revised Penal Code
6128 Municipal and Barrio Boundary Dispute Settlement
6131 Conferring of Filipino citizenship to Dr. Patrick B. Connoh
6132 "The 1971 Constitutional Convention Act"
6139 Regulation of Tuition and Other School Fees of Private Educational Institutions
6234 Creation of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System
6235 Prohibition of Acts Inimical to Civil Aviation
6236 Extension of Free Patents Application and Judicial Confirmation of Incomplete or Imperfect Titles
6245 Offering of B.S. Industrial Education and B.S. Industrial Arts degrees at the Abra School of Arts and Trades
6260 "Coconut Investment Act"
6289 Establishment of a Limnological Station in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte
6345 Establishment of a School of Fisheries in Loon, Bohol
6349 Rent Control Regulation
6366 Rehabilitation and Modernization of the Philippine National Railways
6388 "Election Code of 1971"
6389 Agricultural Land Reform Code Amendment
6390 Creation of Agrarian Reform Special Account
6395 National Power Corporation Charter Revision
6397 Integration of the Philippine Bar
6410 Salary Standardization in the Department of Education
6425 "The Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972"
6426 "Foreign Currency Deposit Act of the Philippines"
6440 Creation of Barrio Fortuna in Marcos, Ilocos Norte
6452 Making Masinloc, Zambales a Port of Entry
6489 Creation of the Municipality of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon
6516 Providing for the Sale Of Agricultural Public Lands
6533 Congson Ice Plant And Cold Storage, Inc. Franchise
6539 "Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972"
6551 "General Appropriations Act of 1972"
6552 "Realty Installment Buyer Act"
6591 Creation of Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in the Province of Camarines Sur, Iriga and Naga Cities

Leadership[edit]

Composition of the Senate during the 7th Congress' 1st and 2nd (left), and 3rd & 4th (right) sessions.
Composition of the House of Representatives during the 7th Congress.

Senate[edit]

Position Name
President of the Senate Gil J. Puyat (NP)
Senate President Pro-Tempore Jose J. Roy (NP)
Majority Floor Leader Arturo M. Tolentino (NP)
Minority Floor Leader Gerardo M. Roxas (LP)

House of Representatives[edit]

  • Speaker:
Jose B. Laurel, Jr. (NP, 3rd District Batangas)
Cornelio T. Villareal (NP, 2nd District Capiz), elected April 1, 1971
  • Speaker Pro-Tempore:
Jose M. Aldeguer (NP, 5th District Iloilo)
  • Majority Floor Leader:
Marcelino Veloso (NP, 3rd District Leyte)
  • Minority Floor Leader:
Justiniano S. Montano (LP, Lone District Cavite)
Ramon V. Mitra, Jr. (LP, Lone District Palawan), elected June 12, 1971
Ramon Felipe, Jr. (LP, 1st District Camarines Sur), elected January 24, 1972

Members[edit]

Senate[edit]

The term of office of senators began December 30 following their election. One-third of the Senate was replaced, after the 1971 midterm elections. All terms that were scheduled to end after 1971 were cut short with the declaration of Martial Law.

First Session to Second Session
Senator Partya Term Start Term End
  Alejandro D. Almendras
NP
1965
1971
  Magnolia W. Antonino
NP
1967
1973
  Benigno S. Aquino, Jr.
LP
1967
1973
  Dominador R. Aytona
NP
1965
1971
  Helena Z. Benitez
NP
1967
1973
  Jose W. Diokno
NP
1969
1975
  Rene Espina
NP
1969
1975
  Eva Estrada-Kalaw
NP
1965
1971
  Wenceslao R. Lagumbay
NP
1965
1971
  Salvador H. Laurel
NP
1967
1973
  Genaro F. Magsaysay
NP
1965
1971
  Sergio Osmeña, Jr.
LP
1965
1971
  Ambrosio B. Padilla
LP
1969
1975
  Emmanuel N. Pelaez
NP
1967
1973
  Leonardo B. Perez
NP
1967
1973
  Gil J. Puyat
NP
1969
1975
  Gerardo M. Roxas
LP
1969
1975
  Jose J. Roy
NP
1967
1973
  Jovito R. Salonga
LP
1965
1971
  Lorenzo M. Sumulong
NP
1969
1975
  Mamintal A.J. Tamano
NP
1969
1975
  Lorenzo M. Tañada
NCP
1965
1971
  Lorenzo G. Teves
NP
1967
1973
  Arturo M. Tolentino
NP
1969
1975
^a Party affiliation at the time of their election.
LP — Liberal Party
NP — Nacionalista Party
NCP — Nationalist-Citizen's Party (caucuses with Nacionalista Party)
Third Session
Senator Partya Term Start Term End
  Alejandro D. Almendras
NP
1971
1977
  Magnolia W. Antonino
NP
1967
1973
  Benigno S. Aquino, Jr.
LP
1967
1973
  Helena Z. Benitez
NP
1967
1973
  Jose W. Diokno
NP
1969
1975
  Rene Espina
NP
1969
1975
  Eva Estrada-Kalaw
NP
1971
1977
  Edgar U. Ilarde
LP
1971
1977
  Salvador H. Laurel
NP
1967
1973
  Ernesto M. Maceda
NP
1971
1977
  Genaro F. Magsaysay
LP
1971
1977
  Ramon V. Mitra
LP
1971
1977
  John H. Osmeña
LP
1971
1977
  Ambrosio B. Padilla
LP
1969
1975
  Emmanuel N. Pelaez
NP
1967
1973
  Leonardo B. Perez
NP
1967
1973
  Gil J. Puyat
NP
1969
1975
  Gerardo M. Roxas
LP
1969
1975
  Jose J. Roy
NP
1967
1973
  Jovito R. Salonga
LP
1971
1977
  Lorenzo M. Sumulong
NP
1969
1975
  Mamintal A.J. Tamano
NP
1969
1975
  Lorenzo G. Teves
NP
1967
1973
  Arturo M. Tolentino
NP
1969
1975

House of Representatives[edit]

The term of office of the members of the House of Representatives was from December 30, 1969 to December 30, 1973, however was cut short with the declaration of Martial Law.

Seventh Congress representation map of the Philippines
Province/City District Representative Partya
Abra
Lone
Carmelo Barbero
LP
Agusan del Norte
Lone
Guillermo Sanchez
NP
Agusan del Sur
Lone
Democrito Plaza
NP
Aklan
Lone
Rafael Legaspi
NP
Albay
1st
Amando Cope
NP
2nd
Carlos R. Imperial
NP
3rd
Roberto Sabido
NP
Antique
Lone
Enrique Zaldivar
LP
Bataan
Lone
Pablo Roman
NP
Batanes
Lone
Jorge Abad
LP
Batangas
1st
Roberto Diokno
ind.
2nd
Expedito Leviste
NP
3rd
Jose B. Laurel, Jr.
NP
Benguet
Lone
Andres Cosalan
NP
Bohol
1st
Natalio Castillo
NP
2nd
Pablo Malasarte
NP
3rd
Teodoro Galagar
NP
Bukidnon
Lone
Cesar Fortich
NP
Bulacan
1st
Teodulo Natividad
NP
2nd
Rogaciano Mercado
NP
Cagayan
1st
Tito Dupaya
NP
2nd
David Puzon
NP
Camarines Norte
Lone
Fernando Pajarillo
NP
Camarines Sur
1st
Ramon Felipe, Jr.
LP
2nd
Felix Fuentebella
NP
Camiguin
Lone
Jose Neri
NP
Capiz
1st
Juliano Alba
LP
2nd
Cornelio T. Villareal
NP
Catanduanes
Lone
Jose Alberto
NP
Cavite
Lone
Justiniano S. Montano
LP
Cebu
1st
Ramon Durano
NP
2nd
John Osmeña1
LP
3rd
Eduardo Gullas
NP
4th
Gaudencio Beduya
NP
5th
Emerito Calderon
NP
6th
Manuel Zosa
NP
7th
Celestino Sybico, Jr.
NP
Cotabato
Lone
Salipada Pendatun
LP
Davao del Norte
Lone
Lorenzo Sarmiento
NP
Davao del Sur
Lone
Artemio Al Loyola
NP
Davao Oriental
Lone
Constancio Maglana
NP
Eastern Samar
Lone
Felipe Abrigo
NP
Ifugao
Lone
Romulo Lumauig
NP
Ilocos Norte
1st
Roque Ablan, Jr.
NP
2nd
Simeon Valdez
NP
Ilocos Sur 1st Floro Crisologo
NP
2nd
Lucas Cauton
NP
Iloilo
1st
Jose C. Zulueta
ind.
2nd
Fermin Caram, Jr.
NP
3rd
Gloria Tabiana
NP
4th
Mariano Peñaflorida
NP
5th
Jose Aldeguer
NP
Isabela
Lone
Rodolfo Albano
NP
Kalinga-Apayao
Lone
Felipe Almazan
NP
La Union
1st
Joaquin Ortega
NP
2nd
Jose Aspiras
NP
Laguna
1st
Joaquin Chipeco
NP
2nd
Leonides De Leon
NP
Lanao del Norte
Lone
Mohamad Ali Dimaporo
NP
Lanao del Sur
Lone
Macacuna Dimaporo
NP
Leyte
1st
Artemio Mate
NP
2nd
Salud Vivero Parreño
NP
3rd
Marcelino Veloso
NP
4th
Rodolfo Rivilla
NP
Manila
1st
Francisco Reyes
NP
2nd
Joaquin Roces
NP
3rd
Ramon Bagatsing
NP
4th
Pablo Ocampo
NP
Marinduque
Lone
Francisco Lecaroz
LP
Masbate
Lone
Emilio Espinosa, Jr.
NP
Misamis Occidental
Lone
William Chiongbian
NP
Misamis Oriental
Lone
Pedro Roa
NP
Mountain Province
Lone
Alfredo Lamen
LP
Negros Occidental
1st
Armando Gustilo
NP
2nd
Roberto Montelibano
NP
3rd
Agustin Gatuslao
NP
Negros Oriental
1st
Herminio Teves
NP
2nd
Lamberto Macias
NP
Northern Samar
Lone
Raul Daza
LP
Nueva Ecija
1st
Leopoldo Diaz
NP
2nd
Angel Concepcion
NP
Nueva Vizcaya
Lone
Benjamin Perez
NP
Occidental Mindoro
Lone
Pedro Medalla
NP
Oriental Mindoro
Lone
Jose Leido, Jr.
NP
Palawan
Lone
Ramon V. Mitra, Jr.1
LP
Pampanga
1st
Jose Lingad
LP
2nd
Angel M. Macapagal
LP
Pangasinan
1st
Aguedo Agbayani
NP
2nd
Jose de Venecia, Jr.
LP
3rd
Corazon Primicias2
NP
Fabian Sison
4th
Antonio Villar
NP
5th
Roberto Estrella
NP
Quezon
1st
Moises Escueta
LP
2nd
Godofredo Tan
NP
Rizal
1st
Neptali Gonzales
LP
2nd
Frisco San Juan
NP
Romblon
Lone
Esteban Madrona
LP
Samar
Lone
Fernando Veloso
NP
Sorsogon
1st
Salvador Encinas
NP
2nd
Rafael Aquino
NP
South Cotabato
Lone
James Chiongbian
NP
Southern Leyte
Lone
Nicanor Yñiguez, Jr.
NP
Sulu
Lone
Indanan Anni
NP
Surigao del Norte
Lone
Constantino Navarro
NP
Surigao del Sur
Lone
Jose Puyat, Jr.
NP
Tarlac
1st
Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr.
NP
2nd
Jose Yap
LP
Zambales
Lone
Antonio Diaz
NP
Zamboanga del Norte
Lone
Felipe Azcuna
NP
Zamboanga del Sur
Lone
Vicente Cerilles
NP
^a Party affiliation at the time of their election.
^1 Elected to the Senate in 1971.
^2 Replaced by Fabian Sison on January 24, 1972.
Assassinated on October 30, 1970.

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Philippine House of Representatives Congressional Library
  • The Presidents of the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines. ISBN 971-8832-24-6. 
  • Pobre, Cesar P. Philippine Legislature 100 Years. ISBN 971-92245-0-9. 

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