Mamintal A.J. Tamano

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Mamintal A. J. Tamano (December 25, 1928 – May 18, 1994) was a Filipino statesman and a former Senator of the Philippines.

Mamintal A. J. Tamano
Senator of the Philippines
In office
July 6, 1987[1] – June 30, 1992
In office
December 30, 1969 – September 23, 1972[2]
Vice Governor of Lanao del Sur
In office
December 30, 1959 – December 30, 1969
Personal details
BornDecember 25, 1928
Tamparan, Lanao, Philippine Islands
DiedMay 18, 1994 (aged 65)
Political partyNacionalista Party
Other political
UNIDO (1987)
LDP (1992)
Spouse(s)Hadja Putri Zorayda Abbas
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman
Cornell University

Early life and educationEdit

Tamano was born in Tamparan, Lanao. He graduated valedictorian at the Lanao High School in 1947. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952 and a Bachelor of Laws degree the following year, both from the University of the Philippines. He was a member of the Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity. He also obtained a Master of Laws at the Cornell University in 1958.

Career and political lifeEdit

In 1954, he was appointed as justice of the peace of Marantao, Lanao. In 1959, he became a provincial secretary. That same year, he was elected as vice-governor of the newly formed province of Lanao del Sur, serving until 1969.

He was elected as Senator in 1969 but he was unable to finish his term because President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. During the martial law years, he went on self-exile to Saudi Arabia staying there until 1986, when Marcos was ousted by the People Power Revolution. Shortly afterwards, he became a member of President Corazon Aquino's cabinet as Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations.

In 1987, he was elected again to the Senate. As a Senator, he worked for the autonomy for the Muslims and the rest of Mindanao and on Mindanao's natural resources to upgrade the conditions of that islands. He was the principal author of Republic Act 6848, which provided for the charter of the Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines.

In the 1992 elections, he sought reelection as senator under the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino ticket, but lost.

Personal lifeEdit

Senator Tamano was married to Haji Putri Zorayda Abbas with whom he had nine children, including Atty. Adel Tamano former president of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and current chief administrative officer of Dito Telecommunity, who unsuccessfully sought election to the Philippine Senate in 2010.


He died of cerebral hemorrhage on May 18, 1994.[3]


  1. ^ Proclaimed as Senator only on July 3, 1987 and took his oath three days later.
  2. ^ Original Term until December 30, 1973 cut short pursuant to the Declaration of Martial Law on September 23, 1972.
  3. ^ G.R. No. 126603, June 29, 1998

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