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Quintín B. Paredes
Sen. Quintín B. Paredes
President of the Philippine Senate
Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
1933 - 1935
Lone District of Abra

1925 - 1935; 1938 - 1941; 1946 - 1949
Secretary of Justice of the Philippines
1920 - 1921
Political Party: Liberal Party (from 1945)
Nacionalista Party
(till 1945)
Born: September 9, 1884
Bangued, Abra
Died: January 30, 1973

Quintín B. Paredes (September 9, 1884 - January 30, 1973) was a Filipino lawyer, politician, and statesman.

He was born in Bangued, Abra, Philippines in 1884 to Juan Felix Paredes and Regine Babila.


Education and Early Career

He obtained his elementary education at the school his father had established, and also studied at the Colegio Seminario de Vigan and at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. He pursued law at the Escuela de Leyes, finishing with degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Arts. Graduating in 1907, Paredes took and passed the bar examinations the same year, and started his private practice in Manila.

He was appointed fourth prosecuting attorney on July 9, 1908, first prosecuting attorney on November 1, 1913, and served until March 1, 1917.[1]

Government Service

He served as Philippine Solicitor General in 1917 and 1918, as Attorney-General from 1918 to 1920, and as Secretary of Justice from 1920 to 1921. As Attorney-General, Parades was a member of the first parliamentary mission to the United States in 1919. He resumed the practice of law in Manila in 1921.

Political career


Philippine House of Representatives

He was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives to represent the Lone District of Abra in 1925, 1928, 1931, and 1934, serving as Speaker pro tempore of the House of Representatives from 1929 to 1931,[1] and as the Speaker itself from 1933 till 1935. In 1935 he was elected as a member of the Philippine Assembly but he resigned to serve as the Philippines' Resident Commissioner.[2]

The old Philippine Senate, 1951: Senator Paredes at extreme right, debates Senator Cipriano P. Primicias, Sr. at extreme left. In the middle are Senators Justiniano Montano, Mariano Jesus Cuenco, Enrique B. Magalona, and Francisco Delgado. In the foreground is Senator Edmundo Cea.

Under the Tydings-McDuffie Law that created the Philippine Commonwealth Government, Paredes became its first Resident Commissioner, serving from February 14, 1936, until his resignation on September 29, 1938.

In 1938 he was again elected a member of the Philippine Assembly, and served as the Majority Floor Leader during this term.[2] He was also elected as a member of the Philippine Senate from 1941 to 1945 that did not sit in session due to the onset of World War II and the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines.

After the Second World War, Paredes ran again for his old post representing Abra in the Philippine House of Representatives, and won. He held this post from 1946 to 1949.

Philippine Senate

In the Philippine elections of 1949 Paredes topped the Senatorial race as a candidate of the Liberal Party. He briefly became the President of the Philippine Senate in 1952, and was reelected as a Philippine Senator in 1955, finishing his second term in 1961. Retiring from politics in 1963, Paredes died ten years later in Manila.

Other Posts Held[1]

  • Dean of the law school (Escuela de Derecho) of Manila, 1913 to 1917.
  • President of the General Bank & Trust Co., 1963 to 1969.

See also

Footnotes & References

External links

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Preceded by
Victorino Mapa
Secretary of Justice
Succeeded by
José Abad Santos
Preceded by
Adolfo Brillantes
Representative, Lone District of Abra
Succeeded by
Agapito Garduque
Preceded by
Manuel Roxas
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Gil Montilla
Preceded by
Agapito Garduque
Assemblyman, Lone District of Abra
Succeeded by
Juan Brillantes
Preceded by
Jesús Paredes
Representative, Lone District of Abra
Succeeded by
Virgilio Valera
Preceded by
Mariano Jesús Cuenco
President of the Senate of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Camilo Osias


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