HON. Pablo 'Pabling' P. GARCIA
District: 2nd District, Cebu
Member: 8th, 9th, 14th and 15th Congresses
Date of Birth: 25 September 1925
School/s Attended: University of the Philippines; University of San Carlos
Affiliation/s: Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Citations/s: 1999 Most Outstanding Governor for Central Visayas; Ten Most Outstanding Congressman Awardee of the 8th and 9th Congress; President Emeritus of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-IBP Cebu City Chapter
Spouse: Retired Judge Esperanza Fiel
Deputy Speaker Pablo Garcia was recognized as the "Constitutionalist of the House" during his tenure as Representative of the 3rd District of Cebu in the 8th and 9th Congresses. He later became Senior Board Member, Vice Governor and Governor of Cebu. He returned to the House in the 14th Congress to represent the people of Cebu's 2nd district.
As a respected legal luminary and constitutionalist of the 14th Congress, Deputy Speaker Garcia rendered his opinion on several controversial issues relating to the Human Security Act, Cheaper Medicines Bill, issuance of arrest warrants, aborted GRP-MILF Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain, "Hello Garci" scandal, and May 2010 automated election.
Notable of the laws he authored from 1987 to 1995 are RA 6809, lowering the age of majority from 21 to 18 years old; RA 6850, granting Civil Service Eligibility to public school teachers who have rendered 5 years of continuous and efficient service; RA 6733, granting members of both Houses of Congress general authority to administer oaths; RA 7659, declaring certain crimes as heinous crimes punishable by death; RA 7975, redefining the jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan; RAs 7691 and 7902, both amending the Judiciary Act of 1980; RA 6968, punishing the Crimes of Coup d'etat by amending Art. 134, 135 and 136 of the Revised Penal Code; and RA 9520, amending the Cooperative Code of the Philippines.