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7th Congress of the Philippines

The Seventh Congress of the Philippines (Filipino: Ikapitong Kongreso ng Pilipinas) was the meeting of the legislature of the Republic of the Philippines, composed of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives from January 26, 1970, until it was effectively dissolved with the declaration of martial law on September 23, 1972, by President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos then exercised legislative powers. In 1976, Congress was replaced by the Batasang Bayan as the Philippines' legislative body until 1978, when it was replaced by the Batasang Pambansa.

7th Congress of the Philippines
January 26, 1970 – September 23, 1972
Official seal of the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines.
PresidentFerdinand Marcos
Vice PresidentFernando Lopez
Senate
Senate PresidentGil J. Puyat
Senate President pro temporeJose J. Roy
Majority leaderArturo Tolentino
Minority leaderGerardo Roxas
House of Representatives
House SpeakerJose B. Laurel, Jr.
(1970-1971)
Cornelio T. Villaurel
(1971-1972)
Majority leaderMarcelino Veloso
Minority leaderJustiniano S. Montano

One-third of the Senate and the entire membership of the House of Representatives was replaced after the 1969 general elections and another third of the Senate membership was replaced after the midterm senatorial elections of 1971.

SessionsEdit

  • First Regular Session: January 26 – May 21, 1970
    • First Special Session: May 22 – June 25, 1970
    • Second Special Session: June 29 – August 1, 1970
    • Third Special Session: September 7 – October 10, 1970
  • Second Regular Session: January 25 – May 20, 1971
    • Fourth Special Session: June 14 – July 17, 1971
    • Fifth Special Session: August 2 – September 4, 1971
  • Third Regular Session: January 24 – May 18, 1972
    • Sixth Special Session: May 19 – June 21, 1972
    • Seventh Special Session: June 23 – July 27, 1972
    • Eighth Special Session: July 28 – August 31, 1972
    • Ninth Special Session: September 1 – September 23, 1972

LegislationEdit

The Seventh Congress in its three regular and six special sessions passed a total of 512 acts. Among it were:

RA No Description
6124 Fixing the Maximum Selling Price of Essential Commodities and the Creation of the Price Control Council
6125 Imposition of a Stabilization Tax on Overseas Consignments
6126 Regulation of Housing Rentals
6127 Amendment to Article 29 of The Revised Penal Code
6128 Municipal and Barrio Boundary Dispute Settlement
6131 Conferring of Filipino citizenship to Dr. Patrick B. Connoh
6132 "The 1971 Constitutional Convention Act"
6139 Regulation of Tuition and Other School Fees of Private Educational Institutions
6234 Creation of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System
6235 Prohibition of Acts Inimical to Civil Aviation
6236 Extension of Free Patents Application and Judicial Confirmation of Incomplete or Imperfect Titles
6245 Offering of B.S. Industrial Education and B.S. Industrial Arts degrees at the Abra School of Arts and Trades
6260 "Coconut Investment Act"
6289 Establishment of a Limnological Station in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte
6345 Establishment of a School of Fisheries in Loon, Bohol
6349 Rent Control Regulation
6366 Rehabilitation and Modernization of the Philippine National Railways
6388 "Election Code of 1971"
6389 Agricultural Land Reform Code Amendment
6390 Creation of Agrarian Reform Special Account
6395 National Power Corporation Charter Revision
6397 Integration of the Philippine Bar
6410 Salary Standardization in the Department of Education
6425 "The Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972"
6426 "Foreign Currency Deposit Act of the Philippines"
6440 Creation of Barrio Fortuna in Marcos, Ilocos Norte
6452 Making Masinloc, Zambales a Port of Entry
6489 Creation of the Municipality of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon
6516 Providing for the Sale Of Agricultural Public Lands
6533 Congson Ice Plant And Cold Storage, Inc. Franchise
6539 "Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972"
6551 "General Appropriations Act of 1972"
6552 "Realty Installment Buyer Act"
6591 Creation of Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in the Province of Camarines Sur, Iriga and Naga Cities

LeadershipEdit

Composition of the Senate during the 7th Congress' 1st and 2nd (left), and 3rd & 4th (right) sessions.
 
Composition of the House of Representatives during the 7th Congress.

SenateEdit

Position Name
President of the Senate Gil J. Puyat (NP)
Senate President Pro-Tempore Jose J. Roy (NP)
Majority Floor Leader Arturo M. Tolentino (NP)
Minority Floor Leader Gerardo M. Roxas (LP)

House of RepresentativesEdit

  • Speaker:
Jose B. Laurel, Jr. (NP, 3rd District Batangas)
Cornelio T. Villareal (NP, 2nd District Capiz), elected April 1, 1971
  • Speaker Pro-Tempore:
Jose M. Aldeguer (NP, 5th District Iloilo)
  • Majority Floor Leader:
Marcelino Veloso (NP, 3rd District Leyte)
  • Minority Floor Leader:
Justiniano S. Montano (LP, Lone District Cavite)
Ramon V. Mitra, Jr. (LP, Lone District Palawan), elected June 12, 1971
Ramon Felipe, Jr. (LP, 1st District Camarines Sur), elected January 24, 1972

MembersEdit

SenateEdit

The term of office of senators began December 30 following their election. One-third of the Senate was replaced, after the 1971 midterm elections. All terms that were scheduled to end after 1971 were cut short with the declaration of Martial Law.

House of RepresentativesEdit

The term of office of the members of the House of Representatives was from December 30, 1969, to December 30, 1973, however was cut short with the declaration of Martial Law.

 
Seventh Congress representation map of the Philippines
Province/City District Representative Partya
Abra Lone Carmelo Barbero LP
Agusan del Norte Lone Guillermo Sanchez NP
Agusan del Sur Lone Democrito Plaza NP
Aklan Lone Rafael Legaspi NP
Albay 1st Amando Cope NP
2nd Carlos R. Imperial NP
3rd Roberto Sabido NP
Antique Lone Enrique Zaldivar LP
Bataan Lone Pablo Roman NP
Batanes Lone Jorge Abad LP
Batangas 1st Roberto Diokno ind.
2nd Expedito Leviste NP
3rd Jose B. Laurel, Jr. NP
Benguet Lone Andres Cosalan NP
Bohol 1st Natalio Castillo NP
2nd Pablo Malasarte NP
3rd Teodoro Galagar NP
Bukidnon Lone Cesar Fortich NP
Bulacan 1st Teodulo Natividad NP
2nd Rogaciano Mercado NP
Cagayan 1st Tito Dupaya NP
2nd David Puzon NP
Camarines Norte Lone Fernando Pajarillo NP
Camarines Sur 1st Ramon Felipe, Jr. LP
2nd Felix A. Fuentebella NP
Camiguin Lone Jose Neri NP
Capiz 1st Juliano Alba LP
2nd Cornelio T. Villareal NP
Catanduanes Lone Jose Alberto NP
Cavite Lone Justiniano S. Montano LP
Cebu 1st Ramon Durano NP
2nd John Osmeña1 LP
3rd Eduardo Gullas NP
4th Gaudencio Beduya NP
5th Emerito Calderon NP
6th Manuel Zosa NP
7th Celestino Sybico, Jr. NP
Cotabato Lone Salipada Pendatun LP
Davao del Norte Lone Lorenzo Sarmiento NP
Davao del Sur Lone Artemio Al Loyola NP
Davao Oriental Lone Constancio Maglana NP
Eastern Samar Lone Felipe Abrigo NP
Ifugao Lone Romulo Lumauig NP
Ilocos Norte 1st Roque Ablan, Jr. NP
2nd Simeon Valdez NP
Ilocos Sur 1st Floro Crisologo NP
2nd Lucas Cauton NP
Iloilo 1st Jose C. Zulueta ind.
2nd Fermin Caram, Jr. NP
3rd Gloria Tabiana NP
4th Mariano Peñaflorida NP
5th Jose Aldeguer NP
Isabela Lone Rodolfo Albano NP
Kalinga-Apayao Lone Felipe Almazan NP
La Union 1st Joaquin Ortega NP
2nd Jose Aspiras NP
Laguna 1st Joaquin Chipeco NP
2nd Leonides De Leon NP
Lanao del Norte Lone Mohamad Ali Dimaporo NP
Lanao del Sur Lone Macacuna Dimaporo NP
Leyte 1st Artemio Mate NP
2nd Salud Vivero Parreño NP
3rd Marcelino Veloso NP
4th Rodolfo Rivilla NP
Manila 1st Francisco Reyes NP
2nd Joaquin Roces NP
3rd Ramon Bagatsing NP
4th Pablo Ocampo NP
Marinduque Lone Francisco Lecaroz LP
Masbate Lone Emilio Espinosa, Jr. NP
Misamis Occidental Lone William Chiongbian NP
Misamis Oriental Lone Pedro Roa NP
Mountain Province Lone Alfredo Lamen LP
Negros Occidental 1st Armando Gustilo NP
2nd Roberto Montelibano NP
3rd Agustin Gatuslao NP
Negros Oriental 1st Herminio Teves NP
2nd Lamberto Macias NP
Northern Samar Lone Raul Daza LP
Nueva Ecija 1st Leopoldo Diaz NP
2nd Angel Concepcion NP
Nueva Vizcaya Lone Benjamin Perez NP
Occidental Mindoro Lone Pedro Medalla NP
Oriental Mindoro Lone Jose Leido, Jr. NP
Palawan Lone Ramon V. Mitra, Jr.1 LP
Pampanga 1st Jose Lingad LP
2nd Angel M. Macapagal LP
Pangasinan 1st Aguedo Agbayani NP
2nd Jose de Venecia, Jr. LP
3rd Corazon Primicias2 NP
Fabian Sison
4th Antonio Villar NP
5th Roberto Estrella NP
Quezon 1st Moises Escueta LP
2nd Godofredo Tan NP
Rizal 1st Neptali Gonzales LP
2nd Frisco San Juan NP
Romblon Lone Esteban Madrona LP
Samar Lone Fernando Veloso NP
Sorsogon 1st Salvador Encinas NP
2nd Rafael Aquino NP
South Cotabato Lone James Chiongbian NP
Southern Leyte Lone Nicanor Yñiguez, Jr. NP
Sulu Lone Indanan Anni NP
Surigao del Norte Lone Constantino Navarro NP
Surigao del Sur Lone Jose Puyat, Jr. NP
Tarlac 1st Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. NP
2nd Jose Yap LP
Zambales Lone Antonio Diaz NP
Zamboanga del Norte Lone Felipe Azcuna NP
Zamboanga del Sur Lone Vicente Cerilles NP
^a Party affiliation at the time of their election.
^1 Elected to the Senate in 1971.
^2 Replaced by Fabian Sison on January 24, 1972.
Assassinated on October 30, 1970.

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Philippine House of Representatives Congressional Library
  • The Presidents of the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines. ISBN 971-8832-24-6.
  • Pobre, Cesar P. Philippine Legislature 100 Years. ISBN 971-92245-0-9.

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