Teófilo Sison

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Teófilo L. Sison (February 29, 1880 – April 13, 1975) was a Philippine legislator and the first Secretary of National Defense of the Philippine Commonwealth.

Teófilo Sison
Commissioner of Justice
In office
December 4, 1942 – October 14, 1943
Appointed byManuel Quezon
Preceded byJose P. Laurel
Succeeded byQuintin Paredes
Secretary of Justice
In office
July 18, 1941 – November 27, 1941
Appointed byManuel Quezon
Preceded byJose Abad Santos
Succeeded byJose P. Laurel
Secretary of National Defense
In office
November 1, 1939 – July 15, 1941
Appointed byManuel Quezon
Preceded byPost established
Succeeded byManuel Quezon
in concurrent capacity as President
Senator of the Philippines from the 2nd district
In office
June 5, 1928 – November 15, 1935
Serving with Camilo Osías (1928–1929)
Alejandro de Guzman (1929-1931)
Alejo Mabanag (1931–1935)
Preceded byAlejo Mabanag
Succeeded byPost abolished
8th Governor of Pangasinan
In office
October 16, 1922 – June 25, 1928
Preceded byDaniel Maramba
Succeeded byPedro Quintans
Member of the Lingayen Municipal Council
In office
June 1916 – October 1919
Personal details
Born(1880-02-29)February 29, 1880
Dagupan, Pangasinan, Captaincy General of the Philippines
DiedApril 13, 1975(1975-04-13) (aged 95)
Political partyNacionalista Party
Spouse(s)Filomena Solis

Early lifeEdit

Sison was born on February 29, 1880 in Dagupan, Pangasinan, to Benito Sison and Escolástica Leuterio.

He studied at the College of San Alberto Magno, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1896 and the University of Santo Tomas, B.A., in the same year. He taught in the public schools of Binmaley, Pangasinan from October 19o0 until June 1901.


On July 1, 1901 he was appointed interpreter for the Court of First Instance Third Judicial District. It was during his term as court interpreter that he married Filomena Solis in Lingayen, Pangasinan on November 19, 1910. He served in such capacity until July 1, 1914, when he was reappointed to a similar position in the 5th District where he remained until September 30, 1914.

After he passed the Philippine Bar examination on September 7, 1914, he established his own law office and engaged in the active practice of his profession.

Legislative careerEdit

In June 1916, he was elected Municipal Councilor of Lingayen, a position he held until October 1919. He went on to become Provincial Governor of Pangasinan during the June 1922 election and was re-elected in the general elections of 1925.

Then in June 1928, he was elected for the Second Senatorial District, comprising the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union and Zambales. As Senator during the period 1928-1931, he was Chairman of the Committees on Civil Service and National Enterprise, and member of the following committees: Finance, Public Works and Communication, Appointments, Justice, Municipal and Provincial Governments, Election and Privileges, City of Manila, Commerce and Industry, Labor and Immigration.

During the 9th Legislative Assembly, he was chairman of the Committee of Justice and member of the following committees: Finance, Public Works and Communication, Appointments, Public Instruction, External Relations, Banks Corporations and Franchise, Commerce and Industry, City of Manila, Municipal and Provincial Governments, Labor and Immigration, Civil Service and Library.

Secretary of National DefenseEdit

He was appointed Secretary of National Defense in November 1, 1939 during the presidency of Manuel Quezon pursuant to the enactment of Commonwealth Act No. 1 or the National Defense Act.

Don Teofilo Sison Bridge, Carmen, Rosales


He died two months after his 95th birthday on April 13, 1975. He was buried at Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina.

See alsoEdit