Franklin Drilon

President of the Senate of the Philippines from 2013 to 2016, 2001 to 2006, and 2000

Franklin "Frank" Magtunao Drilon (born November 28, 1945) is a Filipino politician. He was President of the Senate of the Philippines in 2000, from 2001 to 2006, and again from 2013 to 2016. Drilon is the Minority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines and it is his fourth term in the Senate. He is also the chairman of the Liberal Party.

Franklin Drilon
Drilon in 2018
Senate Minority Leader
Assumed office
February 28, 2017
Preceded byRalph Recto
President pro tempore of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
July 25, 2016 – February 27, 2017
Preceded byRalph Recto
Succeeded byRalph Recto
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2010
In office
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 2007
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Finance Committee
In office
July 26, 2010 – July 22, 2013
Preceded byEdgardo Angara
Succeeded byFrancis Escudero
President of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
July 22, 2013 – June 25, 2016
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byJuan Ponce Enrile
Succeeded byAquilino Pimentel III
In office
July 23, 2001 – July 24, 2006
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded byAquilino Pimentel Jr.
Succeeded byManny Villar
In office
July 12, 2000[1] – November 13, 2000
PresidentJoseph Estrada
Preceded byBlas Ople
Succeeded byAquilino Pimentel Jr.
Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 26, 1998 – July 12, 2000
PresidentFidel Ramos
Joseph Estrada
Preceded byFrancisco Tatad
Succeeded byFrancisco Tatad
Executive Secretary
In office
July 15, 1991 – June 30, 1992
PresidentCorazon Aquino
Preceded byOscar Orbos
Succeeded byPeter Garuccho
Secretary of Justice
In office
July 1, 1992 – February 2, 1995
PresidentFidel Ramos
Preceded bySilvestre Bello III
Succeeded byDemetrio G. Demetria
In office
January 4, 1990 – July 14, 1991
PresidentCorazon Aquino
Preceded bySedfrey A. Ordoñez
Succeeded bySilvestre Bello III
Secretary of Labor and Employment
In office
PresidentCorazon Aquino
Personal details
Franklin Magtunao Drilon

(1945-11-28) November 28, 1945 (age 78)
Iloilo City, Iloilo, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Political partyLiberal Party
Other political
LAMMP (1998–2000)
Lakas-NUCD (1995–1998)
UNIDO (1987–1995)
Spouse(s)Violeta Calvo (died)
Mila Serrano-Genuino
ChildrenEliza Drilon
Patrick Drilon
ResidenceIloilo City, Iloilo
San Juan City, Metro Manila
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman
OccupationLawyer, Politician
Net worth93.7 million (2017)[2]

As of the 18th Congress, he is the only senator who has served in all four major leadership positions in the Senate.


  1. "Biography of Senate President Ople - Senate of the Philippines". Archived from the original on March 17, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2008.
  2. "Villar richest senator, Trillanes poorest in 2017". CNN Philippines. May 17, 2018. Archived from the original on May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.