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Teofisto Guingona, Jr.

In office
February 7, 2001 – June 30, 2004
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Succeeded by Noli de Castro

Born July 4, 1928 (1928-07-04) (age 81)
San Juan, Rizal
Nationality Filipino
Political party Independent (Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats until 2003)
Spouse(s) Ruth de Lara (incumbent mayor of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental)
Religion Roman Catholicism
Other positions in Government

Secretary of Foreign Affairs
In office

Senator of the Philippines
In office

Secretary of Justice
In office

Executive Secretary
In office

Senator of the Philippines
In office

Chairman, Commission on Audit
In office

Teofisto Tayko Guingona, Jr. (born July 4, 1928 in San Juan, Rizal) was the Vice President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2004 during the first term of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.



Teofisto Guingona was born on July 4, 1928 in San Juan, Rizal, and was raised in Marawi City in Mindanao. His parents were former assemblyman, senator, judge and commissioner of Mindanao and Sulu, Atty. Teofisto Guingona, Sr. of Iloilo and Josefa Tayko of Negros Oriental.

Guingona took his primary and secondary education at the Ateneo de Cagayan. He then earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, where he later taught law, political science and history.

He is married to Ruth de Lara, the mayor of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. His son, Teofisto III (TG) is the incumbent representative from Bukidnon.


Guingona was elected to the Senate in 1987, and re-elected in 1992. In 1993 he was appointed Executive Secretary, then he was appointed secretary of the Department of Justice in 1995. In 1998 he was again elected senator. During his time as senator, he had served as Senate Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader, and Senate President Pro-Tempore.


See Also: Presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

In 2001, following the EDSA II Revolution, Guingona was appointed vice-president by president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He also concurrently served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs. During his time as vice-president, he was often at odds with Arroyo, particularly over foreign policy. He lost his Foreign Affairs post soon after.

In the 2004 Philippine elections, Guingona did not run for the full-term election and was succeeded by Noli de Castro. In that election, he controversially supported the presidential bid of opposition candidate Fernando Poe, Jr., who lost.

Post Vice-Presidency

On December 13, 2007, the Makati City court dismissed Rebellion cases against Teofisto Guingona, Jr.,and others.[1]

Guingona wrote his 346-page book, “Fight for the Filipino,” which contains his memoirs. It is set for launching on July 4, 2008, his 80th birthday, at Manila Hotel.[2]

External links


  • Zaide, Sonia M. (2001). The Philippines: A Unique Nation 3rd Ed.. All Nations Publishing. 


Political offices
Preceded by
Demetrio G. Demetria
Secretary of Justice of the Philippines
May 20, 1995 – February 3, 1998
Succeeded by
Silvestre H. Bello III
Preceded by
Domingo Siazon, Jr.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Title last held by
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Vice President of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Noli de Castro


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