Ismael Sueno

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Ismael Sueno
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Sueno on September 2016
26th Secretary of the Interior and Local Government
In office
June 30, 2016 – April 4, 2017
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byMel Senen Sarmiento
Succeeded byCatalino Cuy (OIC)
Assembly Member of the Southern Philippine Council for Peace and Development
In office
PresidentFidel Ramos
Governor of South Cotabato
In office
Preceded bySergio Morales
Succeeded byHilario de Pedro III
Mayor of Koronadal
In office
Preceded byGerardo Calaliman
Succeeded byHilario de Pedro III
Personal details
Ismael Dres Sueno

Koronadal, Cotabato, Philippines
Political partyPDP–Laban
Probinsya Muna Development Initiative
SpouseJocelyn Bernardo Sueño
Alma materOur Lady of Perpetual Help Seminary

Ismael "Mike" Dres Sueno (born July 1947 or 1948)[1][2] is the former Secretary of the Philippine Department of the Interior and Local Government.[3][4] He was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Mel Senen Sarmiento starting June 30, 2016. A member and former national chairman of PDP–Laban, he served as Governor of South Cotabato under President Corazon Aquino.[1] On April 4, 2017, Sueno was dismissed as Secretary of the Interior and Local Government by Duterte due to 'loss of trust and confidence'.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Sueno was born and raised in Koronadal, then known as Marbel, in the former undivided Province of Cotabato.[6] His parents were Perfecto Sueno Sr., the first municipal vice mayor of Koronadal, and Ma. Neri Dres.[7] He has five brothers (Rolando, Perfecto Jr., Roberto, Leo and Joseph), and one sister (Corazon), some of which have already migrated to the United States.[8][9] He obtained his associate degree in Arts from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Seminary in Marbel in 1964. He then pursued his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the Regional Major Seminary.[6]

Political career[edit]

Sueno was elected municipal mayor of Koronadal in 1980 during the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos. In 1986, following the People Power Revolution, he was appointed by President Corazon Aquino as officer-in-charge (OIC) governor of the province of South Cotabato. He then served a full term as provincial governor from 1988 to 1992.[1] During his term as governor, he pursued several environmental and reforestation programs integrated with livelihood projects. He imposed a total logging ban in the province and also helped organize and strengthen local cooperatives.[10]

In 1997, Sueno was appointed to the Southern Philippine Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD) Consultative Assembly by President Fidel Ramos.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for vice president and running mate to Emilio Osmeña on the Probinsya Muna Development Initiative (PROMDI) ticket in the 1998 presidential election.[6]

Sueno ran for congressman of South Cotabato's 2nd District in 2001 but lost to Arthur Y. Pingoy, Jr. In 2007, he made another unsuccessful bid for Vice Governor of the province under the administration party.[11]

He was appointed Secretary of the Interior and Local Government by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 30, 2016. On April 4, 2017, he was reported by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre as having been fired from his office by the president due to corruption allegations.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Duterte Cabinet". Interaksyon. June 1, 2016. Archived from the original on June 9, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "PNP Chief: Killing of suspected drug lord is birthday gift to Interior Secretary". CNN Philippines. July 22, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "DILG welcomes new Secretary Ismael "Mike" Sueno". Department of the Interior and Local Government. July 5, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "BREAKING: Sueno has been sacked — Aguirre". Philippine Daily Inquirer. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "Abella: Duterte dismisses DILG Secretary Sueno due to 'loss of trust and confidence'". CNN Philippines. April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "MBC Research Report 9: The Vice Presidentiables" (PDF). Makati Business Club. April 1998. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "History of Koronadal City". National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on June 19, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Joseph Dres Sueno, MD. – 1949–2006". Woodlawn Forest. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  9. ^ Laguardia, M.C. (January 4, 2004). "A doctor's bout with cancer". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "South Cotabato: An Overview". Koronadal Site. December 10, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "SoCot congressional race heats up". MindaNews. February 22, 2007. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gerardo Calaliman
Mayor of Koronadal
Succeeded by
Hilario de Pedro III
Preceded by
Sergio Morales
Governor of South Cotabato
Preceded by Secretary of the Interior and Local Government
Succeeded by
Catalino Cuy
Party political offices
Preceded by Chairman of PDP–Laban
Succeeded by