Quintín Paredes

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Quintín Babila Paredes (born Quintín Paredes y Babila; September 9, 1884 – January 30, 1973) was a Filipino lawyer, politician, and statesman.

Quintin Paredes
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5th President of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
March 5, 1952 – April 17, 1952
Preceded byMariano Jesús Cuenco
Succeeded byCamilo Osías
7th Senate President pro tempore of the Philippines
In office
January 31, 1950 – March 5, 1952
Preceded byMelecio Arranz
Succeeded byManuel Briones
Senator of the Philippines
In office
December 30, 1949 – December 30, 1961
Resident Commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Philippine Islands
In office
February 14, 1936 – September 29, 1938
Preceded byFrancisco Afan Delgado
Succeeded byJoaquín Miguel Elizalde
3rd Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives
In office
1933 – November 15, 1935
Preceded byManuel Roxas
Succeeded byGil Montilla
Member of the
Philippines House of Representatives
from Abra's at-large district
In office
1925 – November 15, 1935
Preceded byAdolfo Brillantes
Succeeded byAgapito Garduque
In office
1938[fn 1]–1941
Preceded byAgapito Garduque
Succeeded byJuan Brillantes
In office
May 25, 1946 – December 30, 1949
Preceded byJesús Paredes
Succeeded byVirgilio Valera
Secretary of Justice
In office
July 1, 1920 – December 15, 1921
Appointed byGovernor-General Francis Burton Harrison
Governor-General Leonard Wood
Preceded byVictorino Mapa
Succeeded byJosé Abad Santos
Solicitor-General of the Philippines
In office
March 1, 1917 – June 30, 1918
Preceded byRafael Corpus
Attorney General of the Philippines
In office
July 1, 1918 – June 30, 1920
Preceded byRamon Avanceña
Succeeded byFelecisimo Feria
Personal details
Quintín Paredes y Babila

September 9, 1884
Bangued, Abra, Captaincy General of the Philippines
DiedJanuary 30, 1973(1973-01-30) (aged 88)
Manila, Philippines
Political partyLiberal Party (from 1945)
Nacionalista Party
(till 1945)
Spouse(s)Victoria Peralta (her death)

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Bangued, Abra, Philippines in 1884 to Juan Felix Paredes and Regine Babila.

Education and early careerEdit

He obtained his elementary education at the school his father had established, and also studied at the Colegio Seminario de Vigan and at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. He pursued law at the Escuela de Derecho de Manila. Graduating in 1907, Paredes took and passed the bar examinations the same year, and started his private practice in Manila.

He was appointed fourth prosecuting attorney on July 9, 1908, first prosecuting attorney on November 1, 1913, and served until March 1, 1917.[1]

Government serviceEdit

He served as Philippine Solicitor General from March 1, 1917 to 1918, as Attorney-General from 1918 to July 1, 1920, and as Secretary of Justice from 1920 to 1921. As Attorney-General, Paredes was a member of the first parliamentary mission to the United States in 1919. He resumed the practice of law in Manila in 1921.

Political careerEdit

House of RepresentativesEdit

He was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives to represent the Abra's at-large congressional district in 1925, 1928, 1931, and 1934, serving as Speaker pro tempore of the House of Representatives from 1929 to 1931,[1] and as the Speaker itself from 1933 till 1935. In 1935 he was elected as a member of the Philippine Assembly but he resigned to serve as the Philippines' Resident Commissioner.[2]

The old Philippine Senate, 1951: Senator Paredes at extreme right, debates Senator Cipriano P. Primicias, Sr. at extreme left. In the middle are Senators Justiniano Montano, Mariano Jesús Cuenco, Enrique B. Magalona, and Francisco Delgado. In the foreground is Senator Edmundo Cea.

Under the Tydings–McDuffie Act that created the Philippine Commonwealth Government, Paredes became its first Resident Commissioner, serving from February 14, 1936, until his resignation on September 29, 1938.

In 1938 he was again elected a member of the Philippine Assembly, and served as the Majority Floor Leader during this term.[2] He was also elected as a member of the Philippine Senate from 1941 to 1945 that did not sit in session due to the onset of World War II and the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines.

After the Second World War, Paredes ran again for his old post representing Abra in the Philippine House of Representatives, and won. He held this post from 1946 to 1949.


In the Philippine elections of 1949, Paredes topped the Senatorial race as a candidate of the Liberal Party. He briefly became the President of the Philippine Senate in 1952, and was reelected as a Philippine Senator in 1955, finishing his second term in 1961. Retiring from politics in 1963, Paredes died ten years later in Manila.

Other posts heldEdit

  • Dean of the law school (Escuela de Derecho) of Manila, 1913 to 1917[1]
  • President of the General Bank & Trust Co., 1963 to 1969[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Paredes served under the National Assembly, not under the House of Representatives.


External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Quintín Paredes (id: P000050)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

Political offices
Preceded by
Victorino Mapa
Secretary of Justice
Succeeded by
José Abad Santos
Preceded by
Manuel Roxas
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Gil Montilla
Preceded by
Mariano Jesús Cuenco
President of the Senate of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Camilo Osías
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francisco Afan Delgado
Resident Commissioner from the Philippines to the United States Congress
Succeeded by
Joaquín Miguel Elizalde
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Adolfo Brillantes
Representative, Abra's at-large district
Succeeded by
Agapito Garduque
Preceded by
Agapito Garduque
Representative, Abra's at-large district
Succeeded by
Juan Brillantes
Preceded by
Jesús Paredes
Representative, Abra's at-large district
Succeeded by
Virgilio Valera