Teresa Aquino-Oreta

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Teresa "Tessie" "TAO" Aquino-Oreta
Senator of the Philippines
Representative, Lone District of Malabon City-Navotas
Political Party: NPC (2007 to date)
Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (1992-2007)
Born: June 28, 1944 (age 62)
Concepcion, Tarlac
Spouse: Antolin M. Oreta Jr.

Maria Teresa "Tessie" Aquino-Oreta is a former Philippine senator. She was the former chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture of the 11th Congress.

She is currently running for senator in the 2007 elections.



She was born on June 28, 1944, the youngest of the Aquino children of Tarlac which included former Senator Ninoy Aquino, who was assassinated in 1983.

Senator Aquino-Oreta finished her primary school at the College of Holy Spirit in Mendiola and finished high school at Assumption College. She graduated with a degree in Literature and History at the Assumption Convent (now Assumption College) and received her International Studies degree in Cuidad Ducal, Avila, Spain. She completed her Master's Degree at the National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines, earning her a rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Reserved) in the Philippine Air Force .

She is married to businessman Antolin M. Oreta Jr.. They have four children - Rissa, Len, Karmela and Lorenzo.

As Representative in the House of Representatives

Before being elected to the Senate in 1998, she represented the district of Malabon City-Navotas at the House of Representatives for three consecutive terms, from 1987-1998.

At the Lower House, she authored, and co-authored about 280 bills (79 were enacted into laws) and proposed 101 local and national resolutions (20 were adopted). She became the Assistant Majority Floor Leader during the 8th Congress in 1987 and during the 10th Congress in 1995, becoming the first woman Assistant Majority Floor Leader in the history of the Lower House.

As Senator

In the 1998 National Elections, she was elected senator under the opposition, Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (LAMMP) banner. In the three years she has been in office, Senator Aquino-Oreta had filed 197 Senate Bills (authored and co-authored) and resolutions.

She participated in the impeachment trial of former president Joseph Estrada and was one of the senators who voted against the opening of the so-called "second envelope". After the vote, she was caught on camera doing a jig, a move for which earned her the nickname "dancing queen" and offended some people. She later apologized for this in a widely-broadcasted political advertisement.<ref>[1]</ref> <ref>[2]</ref>


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