TG Guingona

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TG Guingona
Senator TG Guingona's visit in Kabangkalan, Negros Occidental.jpg
Guingona (center) at Kabangkalan, Negros Occidental, July 2015
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2010
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Bukidnon's Second District
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Berthobal Ancheta
Succeeded by Florencio Flores, Jr.
Personal details
Born Teofisto de Lara Guingona III
(1959-04-19) April 19, 1959 (age 56)
Bukidnon, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Ma. Victoria Garcia
Relations Teofisto Guingona, Jr. (father)
Ruth de Lara (mother)
Residence Bukidnon
Occupation Politician
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website TG Guingona

Teofisto de Lara Guingona III (born April 19, 1959), or more commonly known as "TG", is a Filipino politician and lawyer. He currently serves his first term in the Senate of the Philippines. He was elected into office in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Teofisto "TG" Guingona was born on April 19, 1959 to a renowned and respected family of Filipino politicians. His grandfather, Teofisto Guingona, Sr., was one of the first Philippine senators from Guimaras, Iloilo. His father is former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Jr. and his mother is former Mayor Ruth de Lara Guingona of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. He has two siblings, Marie and Rolly, and is married to his law school classmate, Ma. Victoria.

With deep roots in Visayas and Mindanao, TG Guingona is fluent in Bisaya, Tagalog, and English.

TG Guingona studied at Ateneo de Manila University for his elementary, secondary, and tertiary education. He graduated in 1981 with a degree in Economics. He then pursued a Juris Doctor or law degree in the Ateneo Law School and was admitted to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 1986.[1]


TG Guingona began his fight for good governance and anti-corruption at an early age. When he was just 19, he was jailed for actively rallying and protesting against the dictatorship of former President Ferdinand Marcos.[2] He was thrown in a cell with regular criminals together with other notable political prisoners like his father, Teofisto Guingona, Jr. and former senator Lorenzo Tañada.


In 2004, Guingona was elected to two terms in the House of Representatives of the Philippines as the Representative of the Second District of Bukidnon.

TG Guingona already established his reputation as a fighter against corruption as early as his first term in Congress. A member of the House minority, Guingona was a vocal critic of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; supporting and endorsing her impeachment following the various corruption cases[3] against her, who was found to be "the most corrupt President" the Philippines ever had.[4]

As a congressman, TG Guingona authored a total of thirty (30) bills, seven (7) of which were signed into law:

  1. RA 9500: The University of the Philippines Charter of 2008
  2. RA 9497: The Civil Aviation Authority Act of 2008
  3. RA 9745: The Anti-torture Act of 2009
  4. RA 9996: The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Act of 2010
  5. RA 9576: An act strengthening the financial capabilities of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC)


After serving two (2) terms in the House of Representatives as the Congressman of Bukidnon, TG Guingona ran for the Senate in 2010 under the Liberal Party and took his oath as a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines on June 30, 2010.[5]

  • Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon)
  • Senate Committee on Health and Demography
  • Senate Committee on Peace, Unification, and Reconciliation
  • Congressional Oversight Committee on the Anti-Money Laundering Act

Staying true to his 2010 senatorial campaign tagline "Galit sa Buwaya!," which roughly translates to "foe of the corrupt" with buwaya being a moniker for venal and unprincipled persons in the Filipino dialect Tagalog, TG Guingona is most known for his work as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations or the Blue Ribbon Committee.



  1. ^ Ramirez, Yvette (7 May 2010). "PROFILE: Teofisto "TG" de Lara Guingona III". ABS-CBN News. 
  2. ^ Hizon, George (3 December 2012). "Teofisto "TG" Guingona III". Definitely Filipino: The Blog for Online Filipinos. 
  3. ^ Kingly, Robert. "List of Alleged Corruption Cases During the Administration of Pres. Gloria M. Macapagal-Arroyo". Arroyo Corruption. 
  4. ^ Tulfo, Ramon (23 September 2011). "Arroyo the most corrupt president". 
  5. ^ "Resume of Sen. Teofisto "TG" Guingona III". Senate of the Philippines. 
Preceded by
Berthobal R. Ancheta
Representative, 2nd District of Bukidnon
June 30, 2004–June 30, 2010
Succeeded by
Florencio T. Flores, Jr.