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Sotero Laurel

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Sotero Cosme "Teroy" Hidalgo Laurel II September 27, 1918 – September 16, 2009 was a Filipino politician and educator who served as a Senator from 1987 until 1992, including a period as President pro tempore from 1990 until 1991 Laurel was the son of the former President of the Philippines José P Laurel and the older brother of former Vice President Salvador Laurel Laurel was nicknamed "Teroy"


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References

Early life

Laurel was the third oldest son of former President José P Laurel, he is also the grandson of the late Sotero Remoquillo Laurel He was born on September 27, 1918 He earned his law degrees from the University of the Philippines He later obtained a master's degree from the University of Santo Tomas Laurel then went to the United States where he studied international and constitutional law at Harvard University and Georgetown University


Laurel taught law at Far Eastern University, the Philippine Law School, and Lyceum of the Philippines He also founded the Batangas Varsitarian in 1953, a reputable campus organization for Batangueno studentsLaurel served as the president of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities PACU from 1963 to 1965 He also became the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lyceum of the Philippines University System He was a 1986 recipient of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques of France, which is bestowed on educators and academics

As Senator from 1987-1992, Laurel opposed the extension of the US Naval Base Subic Bay and the Clark Air Base, leading to their closure in 1991 He was a member of the so-called "Magnificent 12" who voted against the extension He was also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Industry and was the Senate President Pro-Tempore from 1990-1991 He was the oldest serving senator also at that time

Laurel established Lyceum of the Philippines University–Batangas and Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna


Sotero Laurel died of cancer on September 16, 2009, at the age of 90 He was survived by his wife, Lorna, their eight children, and two sisters - Rose L Avancena and Nita L Yupangco Laurel was laid in state in Heritage Park in Taguig City Laurel was predeceased by his sister, Nene L Guinto, and brothers former House Speaker José B Laurel, Jr; former Vice President Salvador "Doy" Laurel; former Philippine Ambassador to Japan José S Laurel III; banker, Mariano Laurel; and Arsenio "Dodjie" Laurel, a race car driver


  1. ^ "Our Heritage and the Departed: A Cemeteries Tour" Presidential Museum & Library Philippines Retrieved 27 September 2015 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Dedace, Sophia M 2009-09-16 "Former Sen Sotero Laurel passes away at 90" GMA News and Public Affairs Retrieved 2009-09-21 
  3. ^ a b c d "Sotero Laurel, 90" Philippine Daily Inquirer 2009-09-16 Archived from the original on November 9, 2009 Retrieved 2009-09-21 

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