Rene Cayetano

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Rene Cayetano
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 24, 2003
Member of the Regular Batasang Pambansa from Taguig-Pateros-Muntinlupa
In office
June 30, 1984 – March 25, 1986
Personal details
Born Renato Luna Cayetano
(1934-12-12)December 12, 1934
Died June 24, 2003(2003-06-24) (aged 68)
Muntinlupa City
Nationality Filipino
Political party Lakas-CMD (1998-2003)
Spouse(s) Sandra Schramm
Occupation Lawyer; Journalist; Television Presenter; Politician
Religion Evangelical Christianity

Renato "Compañero" Luna Cayetano (December 12, 1934 - June 24, 2003) was a Filipino lawyer, television presenter, journalist, politician, and former Senator.

Early life[edit]

Cayetano was born Renato Luna Cayetano on December 12, 1934 in Pangasinan, Philippines. He is the eldest son of mechanic Pedro Santiago Cayetano of Marilao, Bulacan and public school teacher Julianna Cabrera of Pateros.

He graduated from Pateros Elementary School and Rizal High School. He earned his political science and law degrees and three graduate degrees - Master of Public Administration, Master of Laws and Doctor of Laws at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Public service[edit]

In 1998, former President Fidel V. Ramos conferred on Cayetano the Legion of Honor; and the Philippine Jaycees chose him as TOYM finalist in the field of law. Earlier, the Order of the Purple Feather of the UP College of Law adopted him as member and the Philippine Jaycees named him as outstanding Jaycees president. The University of Michigan and Princeton University in United States gave him various grants. He also received a doctorate in humanities, honoris causa, by Misamis University in 1997.

After his 1984 election as an assemblyman to the Batasan Pambansa, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry Administrator of the Export Processing Zone Authority (now Philippine Export Zone Authority).

In 1995, he was appointed chief presidential counsel by Former President Ramos. In recognition of his efforts in crime prevention and improvement of the criminal justice system, he was named Vice Chairman of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC).


A founding partner of CASELAW (Cayetano, Sebastian, Dado and Cruz Law Office), he was Chairman of the House of Delegates and Governor of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He is the past president of the Rizal Chapter of the IBP and Legal Management Council of the Philippines. He was a member of the JCI Senate, the Philippine Constitution Association, the Manila Overseas Press Club and the European Chamber of Commerce, as well as president of the Rotary Club of Parañaque Jaycees.

Prior to his government post, Senator Cayetano was active in private law practice, handling many sensational cases pro bono. He acted as private prosecutor in the Pepsi Paloma rape case Vs. Joey De Leon, Vic Sotto and Richie D'Horsi; Manila Filmfest Scandal on behalf of Mayor Alfredo Lim; co-defense counsel for Luis Beltran in the libel case filed against him by former President Corazon Aquino. Beltran was later acquitted by the Court of Appeals. Most famous of these cases was the Vizconde, In January last year, all the accused were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.(On December 14, 2010 in final decision of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, all the accused were found not guilty.

To reach a wider audience, he hosted “Compañero Y Compañera”, a popular public service program that offers free legal advice to television viewers and radio listeners.

TV Show[edit]


In May 1998, Cayetano was elected senator, garnering the second highest number of votes. The freshman senator became the Chairman of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights and Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs. He is also the Minority Leader of the Commission on Appointments and was a member of the Judicial Bar Council and BIR Oversight Committee. Before the 11th Congress adjourned February 9, he became the Senate Minority Leader Floor Leader, making him an ex-officio member of all Senate committees.

In his first term as a lawmaker, Senator Cayetano has filed a number of Senate bills and resolutions aimed at speeding up the dispensation of justice for criminal cases and in curbing graft and corruption. Through his efforts, the Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 51-96 designating special criminal courts in Metro Manila and other cities to hear cases involving heinous crimes and finish the trial within 60 days. A strong exponent of the rights of the consuming public, he filed Resolution No. 579 and fought for the ban on collection of parking fees by shopping malls. The Senate Committee on Commerce and Industry jointly with the Justice and Human Rights Committee found the collection of parking fees, and the provisions of the waiver of liability, stated in parking tickets are illegal.

He authored and co-authored landmark pieces of legislation during the 11th Congress which includes RA 8972 –“An Act to Facilitate the Acquisition of Right-of-Way, Site or Location for National Government Infrastructure Projects and for Other Purposes”; RA 8975 – An act to Ensure the Expeditious Implementation and Completion of Government Infrastructure Projects by prohibiting Lower Courts from Issuing a Temporary Restraining Orders, Preliminary Injunctions or Preliminary Mandatory Injunctions”, RA 8799 – The Securities Regulation Code; RA 8749 “An Act providing for a Comprehensive Air Pollution Control Policy, and For Other Purposes (Clean Air Act); RA 8792 – “An Act Providing for and Electronic Commerce Law and for Other Purposes (E-Commerce Law) RA 9139 – “Administrative Naturalization Law of 2000”; RA 9136 – Electronic Power Industry Reform Act of 2201” and RA 9006 – The Fair Elections Act.

He was also responsible for Republic Act 9048 aimed at correcting clerical and typographical errors in an entry in personal legal documents as the city or municipality civil register level.

During the impeachment trial of former President Estrada, he was one of the ten Senator-Judges who voted for the opening of the second envelope, an event that triggered People Power II, which eventually led to the ousting of the former president.

He is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, and the Senate Committee on Energy for the 12th Congress.


Cayetano peacefully died from complications in abdominal cancer on June 24, 2003, at his home in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City. He is buried in his hometown of Pateros. And on 2005, the Senator Renato "Companero" Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (or SRCCMSTHS for short) was built in memory of our Senator Renato.

Personal life[edit]

Rene Cayetano was married to Sandra Schramm of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. They had four children: