Al Francis Bichara
|Al Francis Bichara|
|Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Albay's 2nd District|
June 30, 2007
|Preceded by||Carlos R. Imperial|
|Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Albay's 3rd District|
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1995
|Preceded by||Efren R. Sarte|
|Succeeded by||Romeo R. Salalima|
|Governor of Albay|
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 2004
|Preceded by||Danilo Azaña|
|Succeeded by||Fernando V. Gonzalez|
September 17, 1952 |
Al Francis C. Bichara (born September 17, 1952) is a Filipino politician.
A civil engineer by profession, Bichara's political career began when he served as mayor of Ligao City from 1986 to 1992. In 1992, Bichara was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the 3rd District of Albay. After one term in the House, Bichara was elected governor of Albay in 1995. He was re-elected as governor in 1998 and 2001.
After the expiration of his third consecutive term as governor in 2004, Bichara was appointed Ambassador to Lebanon by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The 2006 Lebanon War broke out during his tenure as Ambassador, and he drew attention when he threatened to halt the evacuation of Filipinos in Lebanon due to the lack of funds.
- "Member Information: Al Francis C. Bichara". House of Representatives of the Philippines. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
|House of Representatives of the Philippines|
Efren R. Sarte
|Representative, 3rd District of Albay
Romeo R. Salalima
Carlos R. Imperial
|Representative, 2nd District of Albay
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