TG Guingona

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Teofisto Guingona III
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, with deep roots in Visayas and Mindanao, 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]

Martial Law[edit]

TG Guingona began his fight for good governance 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.

Political life[edit]

Representative of 2nd District, Bukidnon[edit]

In 2004, Guingona was elected to two terms in the House of Representatives of the Philippines, as the Representative from the Second District of Bukidnon. He is a member of the Liberal Party.


Guingona ran for senator under the Liberal Party lineup. His advocacy is to protect the government funds from corrupt officials, conveying his tag line, "Galit sa buwaya!" (Angry at crocodiles.). Guingona placed 12th in the senatorial slate. He took oath on June 30, 2010.

He is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers & Investigations (Blue Ribbon); Peace, Unification & Reconciliation and the Oversight Committee on Anti-Money Laundering.



  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. 
Preceded by
Berthobal R. Ancheta
Representative, 2nd District of Bukidnon
June 30, 2004–June 30, 2010
Succeeded by
Florencio T. Flores, Jr.