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Sunday, May 6, 2007

ARROYO, JOKER P.: SLB Profile

Day of Birth: January 5, 1927
Place of Birth: Naga City
Profession: Lawyer


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Elementary: Naga Elementary School
Secondary: Camarines Sur High School
College: Bachelor of Arts, University of the Philippines
Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines

TRACK RECORD:

2001-present Senator, Philippine Senate

1992-2001 Representative, lone district, Makati, House of Representatives

1986-1990 Executive director, Asian Development Bank — Philippines

1986-1990 Chairman of the board, Philippine National Bank

1974-1986; 1981-1986 Human rights lawyer, FLAG; MABINI

1986-1987 Executive secretary, Office of President Corazon C. Aquino

1964-1972 Corporate lawyer, not given

1972 Counsel, National Press Club, Manila; Philippine Press Institute

1953-1964 Lawyer, not given

ATTENDANCE*


Total Sessions

Present

Absent

Mission

13th Congress





First Session

95

92

0

3

Second Session

85

83

0

2

12th Congress





First Session

83

78

0

5

Second Session

92

91

0

1

11th Congress





First Session

88

69

0

0

* There were days that roll call was dispensed with; M=official mission/business

Expenditures


Commission on Audit Report covering January 1 to December 31, 2002


Salary

P420,000.00

Senator’s Travel


Local

P224,400.00

Foreign

0

Staff’s Travel


Local

P1,076,800.00

Foreign

0

Salaries and Benefits of Staff

P963,580.80

Meetings and Conferences

P112,800.00

Professional or Consultancy Fee

0

Supplies of Materials

P112,800.00

Rental of Office Space and Equipment

0

Extraordinary and Miscellaneous Expenses

P374,334.00

Other Maintenance and Operating Expenses

P8,132,357.50

Capital Outlay

0

Total

P11,137,072.30

CAMPAIGN SPENDING:

Period Covered: 12 February to 18 May 2001

Total contributions from political party organizations:

P 1,000,000.00

Total contributions from other persons:

23,500,000.00

Total contributions:

24,500,000.00

Total expenditures paid by candidate out of personal funds:

859,281.08

Total expenditures paid out of contributions received:

24,500,000.00

Total expenditures:

P 25,359,281.08

PLATFORM:

Human Rights, Anti-corruption

CITATIONS AND LIABILITIES:

DURING the MARCOS DICTATORSHIP 1972-1986
Human Rights Lawyer, Freedom Fighter

First lawyer to challenge before the Supreme Court the constitutionality of Proclamation 1081 imposing martial law.
Thereafter, he joined other lawyers in questioning before the Supreme Court:
1) the ratification of the Marcos-dictated 1973 Constitution;
2) amendment six that empowered President Marcos to exercise law making powers alongside
the Batasang Pambansa;
3) the power of military tribunals to try civilians.

Participated in the trials of political detainees such as Ninoy Aquino, Eugenio Lopez, Jr., Serge Osmena III, Jose Maria Sison, Jovito Salonga, Nene Pimentel, Eva Kalaw, Renato TaƱada, Eduardo Olaguer and many others.

Handled more human rights cases than any other lawyer from 1972 - 1986.

Incarcerated in a military stockade. Gassed, injured and hospitalized during protest tallies.

100% attendance record in the House of Representatives for 9 years from the time he was elected up to the end of his last term.

Never traveled abroad on government money.

His Statement of Assets and Liabilities has remained the same from the time he entered public service in 1986 up to the present.

Consistently voted every year by meclin as "OUTSTANDING CONGRESSMAN OF THE YEAR."

Lead Prosecutor, Impeachment Trial of President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.


STAND ON CHARTER CHANGE ISSUE

The Constitution requires any amendment via this mode to be approved by three-fourths of all members of Congress, a provision which House leaders believe allows them to amend the Charter on their own so long as they can muster the required number of votes.

But the senators strongly disputed this view and passed a resolution reminding the congressmen that any amendment in a constituent assembly would need their concurrence.

Even Senator Joker Arroyo, who had argued the Senate petition against the people’s initiative, predicted that the constituent assembly would eventually be questioned before the high tribunal.

"If they will convene the constituent assembly and try do it without the participation of the Senate that will again get to the Supreme Court. So all roads lead to the Supreme Court,'' Arroyo told reporters.

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