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President  Joseph Estrada
Role  Politician
Succeeded by  Angelo Reyes
Name  Orlando Mercado
Residence  Makati, Philippines
President  Corazon Aquino
Party  PDP-Laban
Preceded by  Fortunato Abat
Spouse  Susan Mercado

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President  Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by  Vacant Post last held by himself
Preceded by  Vacant Post last held by Arturo Tolentino
Education  University of the Philippines

Orlando S. Mercado | Wikipedia audio article

Orlando Sánchez Mercado (born April 26, 1946), better known as Orly Mercado, is a Filipino politician and radio broadcaster. He was a senator of the Philippines for two terms (1987–1992 and 1992–1998) and the head and anchor of the popular radio program Radyo Patrol of ABS-CBN from 1969 to 1971 as well as the field reporter for pre-Martial Law days in The World Tonight. Upon Marcos' Proclamation No. 1081 in 1972, Orly was charged for subversion under Republic Act 1700 (Anti-Subversion Law) and was detained in Fort Bonifacio then his release after nine and a half months in detention, he returned to broadcasting and started teaching. Since 1975 Mercado has been the current producer and host of GMA Network's Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko (I Love My Fellowmen), the pioneer television program in public service in the Philippines. In 1998, he was appointed Secretary of National Defense by President Joseph Estrada. On January 19, 2001, the Chief of Staff and all of the commanding generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, together with the rest of the military establishment, withdrew their support for President Estrada who was then facing impeachment for plunder and corruption. Their appearance before a throng of protesters at the EDSA Shrine was the culmination of what was to be known as EDSA People Power II (Second EDSA Revolution), which ousted President Estrada from office. Mercado was reappointed Secretary of Defense by incoming President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo but resigned the post in protest of the designation of a former Chief of Staff as National Security Adviser who was also the subject of Mercado's anti-corruption campaign in the Department of National Defense.


In 2008 Gloria Macapagal Arroyo nominated Mercado as Philippine ambassador to the China (People's Republic of China), also accredited to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and Mongolia, however his nomination was objected to by Senator Jinggoy Estrada (son of President Estrada), then a member of the Commission on Appointments. In 2009 he was appointed as the first permanent representative of the Philippines to ASEAN, a newly created ambassadorial post that then did not require Commission on Appointments approval.

He is currently the Secretary-General of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA), an organization of states, groups and individuals in the general area of Asia and the Pacific. He has taught courses in Public Administration and Communication in the University of the Philippines where he obtained all his degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Arts in Communication, and Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science. He is also a faculty member at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government. On June 17, 2013, he returned to radio broadcasting with his program "Orly Mercado: All Ready" on Radyo Singko 92.3 NewsFM.

Significant Contributions

As Senator, among the measures he authored are:

  • Generics Drug and Medicines Act of 1988 (R.A. 6675)
  • An Act establishing provincial centres for Science and Technology (R.A. 6959)
  • Magna Carta for Disabled Persons (R.A. 7277)
  • Consumer Act of the Philippines (R.A. 7394)
  • An Act promoting Salt Iodization nationwide (R.A. 8172)
  • An Act promoting voluntary blood donation, providing for an adequate supply of safe blood, regulating blood banks, providing penalties for violations thereof (R.A. 8180)
  • Children’s Media Act of 1996 (R.A. 8370)
  • Philippine National Police Reform Act (R.A. 8851)
  • As Secretary/Minister of Department of National Defense, he:

  • Instituted a reorganization program in the Department of National Defense to assert civilian supremacy over the military
  • Initiated reforms in the Retirement and Separation Benefit Systems (RSBS), the pension fund of the soldiers
  • Instituted a computerization program for the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO)
  • Pioneered the use of electronic technology for procurement of equipment and supplies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • As the Philippines' first Permanent Representative to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), he:

  • Led efforts in the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to introduce transparency and accountability in the ASEAN Secretariat by way of extensive budget hearings.
  • Initiated ASEAN's strategic communication plan, which could create a level of awareness and understanding about the regional organization as an imperative in the effort to create an ASEAN Community by 2015.
  • References

    Orlando S. Mercado Wikipedia