Francis Tolentino

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Francis Tolentino
Francis Tolentino 2019 (cropped).jpg
Tolentino in 2019
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2019
Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs
In office
July 11, 2017 – October 17, 2018
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byRonald Llamas
Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
In office
July 2010 – October 7, 2015
PresidentBenigno S. Aquino III
Preceded byOscar Inocentes
Succeeded byEmerson Carlos
Mayor of Tagaytay
In office
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 2004
Succeeded byAbraham Tolentino
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Local Government; Urban Planning, Housing, and Resettlement Committee
Assumed office
July 22, 2019
Personal details
Francis Ng Tolentino[1]

Guinobatan, Albay, Philippines
Political partyPDP–Laban
Military service
Allegiance Philippines
Branch/servicePhilippine Army
RankPHIL ARMY BGEN FD-Sh.svg Brigadier General

Francis Ng Tolentino[1] is a Filipino lawyer and politician serving as a Senator since 2019. He served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from 2010 to 2015 and was the Mayor of Tagaytay from 1995 to 2004.[2]

Early life[edit]

Francis Tolentino was born and raised in Guinobatan, Albay, Philippines, to parents Isaac and Elena Tolentino. Isaac, who died on July 2016, was a former Mayor of Tagaytay.[3] He grew up and studied elementary school in Tagaytay, Cavite and for some time in Pasay and Mandaluyong. He pursued his secondary education in Lourdes School of Mandaluyong. He also attended the Far East Military Academy for a year.[4]

Tolentino earned Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1980 from the Ateneo de Manila University and his Bachelor of Laws in 1984 from the same university's law school.[5]

He later earned a Master of Laws from the University of London, choosing to specialize in Public International Law.[5]

He also earned a Master of National Security Administration (MNSA) from the National Defense College of the Philippines and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University.[5]

He is a full colonel of the Philippine Army (Reserve). He studied at the Military College of South Carolina (Citadel), USA and graduated from the Command and General Staff College and the National Defense College of the Philippines.

Political career[edit]

Tagaytay mayor[edit]

Tolentino was first appointed to the post of OIC Mayor of Tagaytay from 1986 to 1987 by former President Corazon Aquino. He ran unopposed in the 1995 elections as Mayor of Tagaytay and served for nine years from January 1995 to 2004.[2]

Under his mayoral administration, he created the Tagaytay Office of Public Safety, which later became the basis of policies he put into force as chair of the MMDA. He also initialized the Character First programs which encourages governments, government leaders, civic organizations and religious organizations to band together to establish a "city" or "community" of character with a character traits of a Filipino every month.

Metro Manila chairman[edit]

Tolentino overseeing the dryrun conducted as preparation for the 2015 papal visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

On July 27, 2010, Tolentino was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as the ninth chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). He is the first and only non-resident of Metro Manila to be appointed to the post.

Last August 2013, Tolentino, as the MMDA Chairman, launched the first Metro Manila Integrated Bus Terminal known as the Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport Terminal (SWIPTT).[6]

On September 19, 2013, Tolentino signed Metro Manila Outdoor Media Magna Carta along with various advertising groups, setting the terms for regulating outdoor advertisements in Metro Manila. Among the terms in the 15-page agreement were a 216 square meter limitation on all outdoor signs and structures, with 30 percent of the space of ground level ads allotted "for landscape works or vertical gardens." Prior to the signing of the document, no limit had been placed on the size of advertisements, such that a number of billboards as big as 1,000 square meters had been allowed. The document provided a nine-month grace period for advertisers to be able to comply.[7]

To address the traffic situation in Metro Manila and to offer transportation alternative to the public, Tolentino relaunched the Pasig River Ferry System last April 2014, in coordination with the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission and Department of Transportation and Communications.[8] [9]

As chair of the MMDA, Tolentino is also designated by Metro Manila Commission Executive Order No. 86-09 as chair of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival,[10] in which capacity Tolentino introduced a number of changes, including the introduction of new contest categories[11] and the removal of box office receipts from the criteria for the selection of best picture starting from the 2010 edition.[12]

2016 Campaign[edit]

Tolentino was originally included as a senate candidate in the LP-endorsed Daang Matuwid Koalisyon. However, in October 2015 a video surfaced of local LP politicians dry humping hired dancers at the birthday party of then-congressman Benjamin Agrao in Laguna. The opposition quickly spread the video, attacking the LP's values. Tolentino admitted that he bought the dancers as a "gift" to Agrao. He apologized and asked to be removed from the administration senate slate.[13] He subsequently ran as an independent and placed 13th. Instead of respecting the outcome of the elections, he claimed that the candidate who placed 12th, Leila De Lima, illegally sabotaged his candidacy.

2019 Campaign[edit]

Tolentino is running in the 2019 Philippine Senate election and is endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.[14]

Tolentino supports the Death penalty.[15]


  1. ^ a b "List of Certified Candidates" (PDF). COMELEC. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Former Tagaytay mayor is new MMDA chief". ABS-CBN News. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  3. ^ Corrales, Nestor (July 6, 2016). "Duterte visits wake of ex-Tagaytay mayor". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "About Francis Tolentino | Francis Tolentino Para sa Pilipino". Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Get to Know the Chairman". Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport Terminal (SWIPTT)". Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  7. ^ Calleja, Niña (20 September 2013). "New billboard pact:Giants out, 'green' in". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  8. ^ "MMDA to resume Pasig River ferry service April 28". motioncars. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Pasig River ferry system: More stations, Android app soon". Rappler. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
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  11. ^ Carballo, Bibsy (26 November 2012). "A close look at MMFF's New Wave". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  12. ^ Valisno, Jeffrey (22 November 2010). "MMDA chief scraps box office standing when determining film fest Best Picture". Agimat. Anino Design. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Francis Tolentino apologizes for Playgirls' twerking boo-boo".
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Preceded by
Oscar Inocentes
Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
2010 – 2015
Succeeded by
Emerson Carlos