Senator Francis N. Tolentino

Senator Francis N. Tolentino


Born in Region 5 (Albay); Grew up and raised in Tagaytay City (Cavite) Region 4-A


  • Obtained three (3) Master of Laws degrees

  •  Master of Laws (LLM) University of Michigan Law School (Ann Arbor) (Constitutional Law)

  •  Master of Laws (LLM) – University of London (England) Specializing in Public International Law – (with Merit) Second Honors

  •  Master of Laws (LLM) – Columbia Law School (Ivy League)(New York City) (Corporation Law - superior academic performance)

  •  Master on National Security Administration (MNSA) – National Defense College of the Philippines (Ranked # 6 out of 55 Graduates)

  •  Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – Ateneo de Manila University Law School

  •  Passed the 1984 Philippine Bar Exams with a General Average of 86.25%.

  •  Passed the New York State (USA) Bar Exams.


  • Served as OIC – City Mayor, Tagaytay City (1986)

  •  Elected City Mayor, Tagaytay City (for 3 Consecutive Terms 1995-2004)

  •  Elected by his peers as President, League of Cities of the Philippines (2001)

  •  Served as Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman (2010-2015)

  •  Appointed as Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs of H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte – 2017 – 2018

  •  Elected as Senator of the Republic (May 2019 National Elections) Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Government (18th Congress) Chairman, Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing, and Resettlement (18th Congress) Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (18th Congress)


  •  ACROSS the OCEANS: United States and Philippine Overseas Voting Laws (Book) (2021)

  •  Pandemic Handbook for Philippine Local Governments (2020)

  •  Philippine Cities Creation (Book) (1999)

  •  Soul of Freedom (Book, 2006)

  •  The Precautionary Principle: Closing the Gap Between International Trade Organization and Biotechnology (Tulane Law School, Fall 2009)

  •  An Environmental Writ: The Philippine’s Avatar (Integrated Bar of the Philippines Journal 2010) · Metro Manila Skybridge: Link…Dream…Tomorrow (Book) (2012)

  •  Metro Rotundas: A Measure of Simplicity (Book) (2012)

  •  Civil Will: His Own Words (First Printed by the University of Arizona Libraries, USA, 2014 and 2018 Edition) (Book)

  • Conferred the University’s Award of Highest Honor by the Soka University (Tokyo, Japan – 1998)

  • Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Reserve Officer of the Year (2001)

  • Philippine Army Officer of the Year (2000)

  • Most Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines –Awarded Several Times by Various Organizations

Full Name of Senator
Francis "Tol" N. Tolentino

Passed Laws by Senators