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Senator Blas F. Ople
Blas F. Ople was elected to the Senate in 1992 and
reelected in 1998. Previous to his term in the Senate, he was
technical assistant to President Ramon Magsaysay, member of the
Social Security Commission, labor secretary, member of the Batasan
Pambansa (National Parliament), member of the Constitutional
Commission that wrote the 1987 Philippine Constitution. His last
position was as secretary of foreign affairs.
A former journalist, he had worked as desk man and
columnist of the Daily Mirror, sister publication of the Manila
Times. He was a bilingual writer who wrote with equal facility in
both English and Filipino. He was a prolific contributor to mass
media and academic journals. He wrote columns for the Manila
Bulletin, Panorama Magazine, Kabayan
and Balita, a Tagalog daily.
He was the author of 10 books and numerous
In the Senate, he served as president, president pro
tempore, member of the Commission on Appointments and the Senate
Electoral Tribunal. He chaired the Committee on Foreign Relation for
many years. He had steered to approval no fewer than 37
international and bilateral treaties that opened links between the
Philippines and the rest of the world in trade, investments,
employments, cultural exchanges, workers protection and the
In 1975, he was elected president of the
International Labor Conference, the first Filipino to hold that
prestigious post. He was the recognized doyen and spokesman of the
world's labor ministers.
Ople's nationalism combined a passion for conserving
Filipino indigenous roots with the outlook of a global citizen who
sought to enrich the Filipino legacy from world civilization and
broaden its access to the world's common storehouse of knowledge.
He hailed from the
fishing town of Hagonoy, Bulacan on February 3, 1927. He died in
line of duty on December 14, 2003.