TG Guingona

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The Honorable
TG Guingona
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Guingona at the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol in Bacolod, July 2015
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2016
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Blue Ribbon Committee
In office
July 26, 2010 – June 30, 2016
Preceded by Richard J. Gordon
Succeeded by Richard J. Gordon
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Bukidnon's 2nd 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 59)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Ma. Victoria Garcia
Relations Teofisto Guingona, Jr. (father)
Ruth de Lara (mother)
Residence Malaybalay City
Occupation Politician Tv personality
Website TG Guingona

Teofisto de Lara Guingona III ( /ɡɪŋɡɔːnɑː/ born April 19, 1959), or more commonly known as "TG", is a Filipino politician and the son of Philippine Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Jr.

Early life[edit]

Teofisto "TG" Guingona was born in Manila on April 19, 1959[1] 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.

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.[2]

Political career[edit]

TG Guingona began his fight for good governance and anti-corruption at an early age.


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.

Laws passed[edit]

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)


Guingona (center) at Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, July 2015

After serving two (2) terms in the House of Representatives as the Congressman of Bukidnon, TG Guingona ran for the Senate in 2010 then under the Liberal Party and took his oath as a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines on June 30, 2010.[4] He is currently unaffiliated to any political party.

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 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. Guingona ran for re-election in 2016 election but lost placing 17th in the polls.

Committee Chairmanships - 15th Congress[edit]

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

Committee Chairmanships - 16th Congress[edit]

  • 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

Laws Passed[edit]

  1. RA 10368: Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013
  2. RA 10168: Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 (Co-Author)
  3. RA 10365: Anti-Money Laundering Act
  4. RA 10167: Anti-Money Laundering Act
  5. RA 10156: Career Service Professional Eligibility
  6. RA 10557: Philippine Design Competitiveness Act of 2013
  7. RA 10390: An Act Revitalizing the People's Television Network, Incorporated
  8. RA 10556: The Araw ng Pagbasa Act of 2011
  9. RA10660: Sandiganbayan Act
  10. RA 10667: Philippine Competition Act
  11. RA 10669: Jesse Robredo Day
  12. RA 10677: Northern Mindanao Medical Center
  13. RA 10678: Davao Regional Medical Center
  14. RA 10645: Mandatory PhilHealth Coverage for Senior Citizens (Co-Author)
  15. Joint Resolution No. 3: Extending Period of Claims for Reparation of Human Rights Violations Victims
  16. Joint Resolution No. 5: Subsistence Allowance of Officers and Enlisted Personnel of AFP, PNP, BFP, BJMP, PNPA, PCG (Co-Author)



  1. ^ "Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984," database with images, FamilySearch( accessed 6 June 2017), Teopisto Gerardo Lara Guingona, 19 Apr 1959; citing Birth, Manila, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines, Civil Registry Office, City Hall of Manila; FHL microfilm 1,580,942.
  2. ^ Ramirez, Yvette (7 May 2011). "PROFILE: Teofisto "TG" de Lara Guingona III". ABS-CBN News. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Kingly, Robert. "List of Alleged Corruption Cases During the Administration of Pres. Gloria M. Macapagal-Arroyo". Arroyo Corruption. 
  4. ^ "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.