The Philippines is run by politicians with different educational background, but most of these people performed superior during their school years. There may be some who are accidentally elected due to influence, fortune, and popularity, but this case is rare with the exception of Senator Manny Pacquiao, who is very popular.
Most people who are from the family of politicians took-up law degree, political science, public administration, or military.
The following are the list of top 10 senators with high IQ and performed well during their school days. These senators are active from 2016 to 2019 three-year overlap.
1. Aquilino Martin “Koko” Pimentel III
Koko Pimentel, the current Senate President of the Philippines, is the son of former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. They are the only father and son who both became Senate President.
Pimentel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Ateneo de Manila University and his Bachelor of Laws from University of the Philippines College of Law. He topped the 1990 Philippine Bar Examinations with a score of 89.85 percent.
2. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV
Bam Aquino was a consistent honor student in Ateneo De Manila, Quezon City from grade school to college. During his grade school graduation, Bam delivered the valedictory speech and graduated with first honors. He also graduated as the class valedictorian in High School in 1995.
In 1999, Bam Aquino graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering. He took an Executive Education Program on Leadership and Public Policy, at the Kennedy School of Government in the Harvard University in 2008.
3. Loren Regina Legarda
Loren Legarda attended Assumption College from primary to high school, where she was a valedictorian. She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications and was President of the UP Broadcast Administration. She pursued post-graduate courses on special studies towards professional designation in journalism from the University of California, Los Angeles, California and graduated in 1985
4. Franklin Drilon
Franklin Drilon was a consistent honor student from elementary until college.
In college he went to the University of the Philippines Diliman (U.P.) where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965. At U.P., he was the associate editor of the student newspaper Philippine Collegian and served as councilor of the U.P. Student Council. Among his classmates were future politicians Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ronaldo Zamora. In 1969, he completed his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) at the U.P. College of Law. In the same year he took the bar examination and finished with the third highest score.
5. Leila De Lima
De Lima completed her basic education at the La Consolacion Academy (now La Consolacion College where she graduated as class valedictorian. She graduated in 1980 from the De La Salle University with an AB History degree. She finished her Bachelor of Laws (Salutatorian) degree at the San Beda College of Law in 1985. She went on to successfully hurdle the bar exams that same year, ranking 8th.
6. Ana Theresia Hontiveros
Risa Hontiveros was a consistent honor student and was active in campus activism and school politics.
Hontiveros graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences from the Ateneo de Manila University. While at Ateneo, she was active in the student council, where she participated in advocacies for peace and justice in marginalized communities
7. Antonio Trillanes IV
Sonny Trillanes’ elementary years were spent at Siena College, Quezon City from 1975–1983, and from 1983–1987, his secondary education was at Angelicum College in Quezon City. In 1990, while a fourth year BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) student from De La Salle University on Taft Avenue, Manila, he took and passed the PMA entrance examination.
He formally entered into public service the following year as a cadet in the Philippine Military Academy where he graduated cum laude in 1995 while earning a degree in BS Naval System Engineering. Other awards he received while in PMA are the Mathematics Plaque, Physical Science Plaque, and the Tambuli Award for electrical/electronics engineering
For the duration of the master’s program, he received two University Scholar Awards for obtaining two semestral GPAs of 1.0 to 1.25 and a College Scholar Award for obtaining a semestral GPA of 1.25 to 1.50.
8. Francis Joseph Escudero
Chiz Escudero was educated in the Philippine public school system. He attended the University of the Philippines Integrated School in elementary (1981) and high school (1985). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of the Philippines Diliman (1988) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines College of Law (1993).
At the University of the Philippines, Escudero joined the Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity and was a member of the Alpha Phi Beta Debating Team, which was the 1991 U.P. Open Debate Champion. He recalled, “The most participation I had on campus was in the debate team where we won in ’91. I was also president of my Law class for four years. A consistent honor student, Escudero was a member of the Order of the Purple Feather or the U.P. Law Honor Society (1989-1993). He became the Secretary-General of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines on his senior year at law school (1992-1993).
9. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara
Sonny took up his basic education at Xavier School in San Juan, Metro Manila, and finished his undergraduate degree in International Relations with honors from the London School of Economics. He finished his law degree at the University of the Philippines College of Law, and earned his Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
10. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan
Honasan spent his elementary days at San Beda College from Kindergarten to Grade 6. After which, he went to Taiwan and studied at the Dominican School, Taipei, Taiwan. He then returned to the Philippines and finished his high school at Don Bosco Technical College where he was an honor student. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree at the Philippine Military Academy, where he received the title of “Class Baron“, the academy’s highest leadership award. /Joy Valle/
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