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Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr.

In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2010

President of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
November 13, 2000 – July 23, 2001

Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1987 – June 30, 1992

Minister/Secretary of Interior and Local Government
In office
March 25, 1986 – June 30, 1987

Mambabatas Pambansa (Assemblyman), Cagayan de Oro City
In office
June 30, 1984 – March 25, 1986

In office
June 30, 1980 – June 30, 1984

1971 Constitutional Convention Delegate, Misamis Oriental
In office
June 1, 1971 – September 23, 1972[1]

Born December 11, 1933 (1933-12-11) (age 76)
Claveria, Misamis Oriental
Political party Lakas ng Bayan (1978-1986)
PDP-Laban (1982– )
Spouse(s) Lourdes de la Llana
Residence Marikina City
Alma mater Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan
Occupation Civil servant
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Aquilino "Nene" Quilinging Pimentel, Jr. (born December 11, 1933) is a Filipino politician. He was first elected as a delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention, then was arrested when martial law was declared by President Ferdinand Marcos. In 1980 he was elected as Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental, ousted from the mayoral position by Marcos and reinstated after massive popular demonstrations in 1981, and arrested again in 1982 and 1985. He was elected as an Assemblyman in the Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly), serving from 1984-1986. After the People Power Revolution, he was appointed by President Corazon Aquino as Minister of Local Government and Presidential advisor/chief negotiator with the Muslim insurgents in Mindanao. He then was elected Senator (1987-1992), authoring the seminal Local Government Code. He then launched a bid for the vice presidency in 1992, running under the Liberal Party with Jovito Salonga running for president, finishing fifth among the vice presidential candidates by garnering 9.9% of the vote. He was cheated of victory in the 1995 national elections after running for another term as senator; he took the case to the Supreme Court eventually winning the suit in 2004. In 1998, he ran successfully for another term in the Senate of the Philippines, from 1998-2004. He was also elected as the 19th Senate President, serving from 2000-2001. He was reelected in the May 10, 2004 National Elections attaining the third highest number of votes nationally of nearly 80 candidates for 12 Senate seats.

As chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee, he has recommended the prosecution of top government officials of previous administrations in relation to the Expo Pilipino centennial scam and the misuse of the funds of the Retirement and Separation Benefits Systems of the Armed Forces. He has also recommended the prosecution of certain personnel of the Land Registration Administration for involvement in faking of land titles. Recently his committee also conducted series of investigations into the allegation of Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson on jueteng scandal. As Chair of the Committee on Local Government, he has supported far-reaching amendments to further strengthen the role of local government units in national development. He has also gotten senate approval to return the police to the supervision of LGUs and has authored a law to fix the date for elections of ARMM officials.

He is the president and founder of the PDP-Laban party. On April 25, 2008, Senator Pimentel authored a bill that would shift the Philippines into a Federal Republic of the Philippines.

Pimentel, Jr. resigned his Minority Leader post on November 17, 2008.[2][3]

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Preceded by
Franklin Drilon
President of the Senate of the Philippines
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Franklin Drilon
Preceded by
Pedro N. Roa
Mayor of Cagayan de Oro
1980–1984
Succeeded by
Pablo P. Magtajas
Preceded by
Newly Created
Representative Lone District of Cagayan de Oro City
1980–1984
Succeeded by
Benedicta B. Roa
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