Hon. Quintin B. Paredes
1917 - 1920
Born in Bangued, Abra on 9 September 1884 to Juan Felix Paredes and Regine Babila, Quintin Paredes received his elementary schooling at the school his father established. He then attended the Colegio Seminario de Vigan and the Colegio de San Juan De Letran, making his way thru college by working as a stenographer and as court interpreter. (Quirino, Carlos: “Who’s Who in the Philippine History; p. 161, 1995.) He was appointed deputy provincial treasurer of Abra but resigned from the said position to study law in Manila.
He enrolled in the Escuela de Leyes and after a couple of years took and passed the bar examinations in 1906. Two years after passing the bar examinations, he was appointed assistant city fiscal of Manila then promoted to First Assistant City Fiscal in 1913. He was a professor of criminal law from 1909 to 1911 in the Escuela de Derecho de Manila and later on served as director of the said institution from 1911 to 1917. He served as Attorney General from 1917 up to 1920. He later on served as Secretary of Justice from 1920 to 1921. (“Cornejo’s Commonwealth Directory of the Philippines”)
He was elected representative of Abra to Congress for four terms, 1925-1934 and served as Filipino resident commissioner to the United States. After his return in 1938, he was elected assemblyman and became floor leader. During the war, he served as Minister of Public Works and Communications. He was elected senator twice, in 1949 and 1955, and became Senate President. He retired from public service in 1963 at the age of 79. (Quirino, Carlos: “Who’s Who in the Philippine History; p. 161, 1995.)
Quintin Paredes was married to Victoria Peralta with whom he had eleven children. He died on January 30, 1973.