Francisco Tatad

Philippine politician

Francisco "Kit" Sarmiento Tatad (born October 4, 1939) is a Filipino journalist and politician. He is best known for having been the Minister of Public Information under President Ferdinand Marcos from 1969 to 1980, and for being a Senator of the Philippines from 1992 to 2001.[1]

Francisco S. Tatad
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 2001
Majority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
July 12, 2000 – June 30, 2001
PresidentJoseph Estrada
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded byFranklin Drilon
Succeeded byLoren Legarda
In office
October 10, 1996 – January 26, 1998
PresidentFidel V. Ramos
Preceded byAlberto Romulo
Succeeded byFranklin Drilon
Minister of Public Information
In office
PresidentFerdinand Marcos
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byGregorio Cendaña
Mambabatas Pambansa (Assemblyman) from Region V
In office
June 12, 1978 – June 5, 1984
Personal details
Born (1939-10-04) October 4, 1939 (age 84)
Gigmoto, Albay, Philippine Commonwealth
Political partyGrand Alliance for Democracy
Other political
UNO (2005-2007)
KNP (2003-2005)
PRP (1998-2003)
LDP (1995-1997)
NPC (1992-1995)
KBL (1978-1992)
Spouse(s)Fernandita "Fenny" Cantero
RelationsShalani Soledad (niece)
ResidenceQuezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas
Center for Research and Communication
ProfessionJournalist, Politician


  1. Danao, Efren (January 23, 2001). "Oreta, Tatad in anguish". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2013-04-01.