Justiniano Montano

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Justiniano Solis Montano Sr. (September 5, 1905 – March 31, 2005) was a Filipino politician who was elected for one term to the Philippine Senate and for multiple terms as a member of the House of Representatives.

Justiniano Solis Montano
Senator of the Philippines
In office
December 30, 1949 – December 30, 1955
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Cavite's Lone District
In office
December 30, 1957 – September 23, 1972[a]
Preceded byJose Cajulis
Succeeded byPost dissolved[b]
In office
November 15, 1945 – December 30, 1949
Preceded byDistrict recreated
Succeeded byManuel Rojas
In office
September 16, 1935 – October 11, 1939[c]
Preceded byFrancisco Arca
Succeeded byManuel Rojas
Majority leader of the Philippine House of Representatives
In office
January 22, 1962 – 1967
Preceded byJose Aldeguer
Succeeded byMarcelino Veloso
Minority Leader of the Philippine House of Representatives
In office
1967 – September 23, 1972
Preceded byJose B. Laurel Jr.
Succeeded byPost dissolved
Personal details
Born(1905-09-05)September 5, 1905
Santa Cruz de Malabon, Cavite, Philippine Islands
DiedMarch 31, 2005(2005-03-31) (aged 99)
Political partyLiberal Party
Spouse(s)Ligaya Nazareno


Montano was born in Amaya, Santa Cruz de Malabon (now Tanza), Cavite to Julian Montano. Sr. and Irene Solis of Tanza, Cavite. He graduated from Tanza Elementary school and high school at the University of the Philippines. Montano would also obtain his Bachelor of Laws at the College of Law of the same university, garnering a rare 100% bar rating in civil law.

He was married to Ligaya Nazareno of Naic, Cavite with whom he had seven children.

Political careerEdit

Montano was appointed as deputy fiscal of Cavite from 1930 to 1932. Except for the one term he was elected to the Senate, Montano was elected congressman representing his home province Cavite for numerous terms from 1935 to 1973. As a lawmaker he succeeded in abolishing the exorbitant yearly pension of an old wealthy general and also authored and sponsored Act. No. 32, better known as the “Montano Law” which provides confiscation of vast haciendas in Cavite and their partitioning among the tenants working on them.

In 1949, Montano won a seat in the Senate and authored the resolution creating the powerful Blue Ribbon Committee, tasked with investigating graft and corruption. He chaired the Committees on Labor and Immigration and on Provincial and Municipal Governments and Cities. Montano was also a member of the Commission on Appointments and the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

Montano returned to the House of Representatives after his Senate term expired in 1955. During the 5th and 6th Congress, he served as majority floor leader, while he served as minority floor leader during the early part of the 7th Congress. Montano's congressional career ended when Congress was abolished by President Marcos after the declaration of martial law in 1972.

Retirement and deathEdit

Montano died on March 31, 2005. At the time of his death at age 99, he was the oldest surviving former Filipino senator.


  1. ^ President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in 1972 which resulted Congress was dissolved.
  2. ^ After the Marcos regime, Cavite was divided into three districts.
  3. ^ Election annulled after an election protest


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