Teodoro A. Casiño (born 15 November 1968) is a Filipino partylist representative, writer and journalist. Teodoro Casiño is a member of the House of Representatives for Bayan Muna in the 15th Congress of the Philippines.
Teodoro Casiño has authored several laws and bills including The Public Attorneys Act of 2007 (R.A. 9406) which strengthened the Public Attorneys Office and expanded its free legal services to poor litigants, The Tax Relief Act of 2009 (R.A. 9504) which exempts minimum wage earners from withholding taxes, and The regulation of oil prices (HB 4355), mobile phone services (HB 5653), tuition fees (HB 1961) and interest rates (HB 4917).
As a writer, Casiño was a regular contributor to the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Youngblood column from 1994-1996. In 1995, he became a regular columnist for Business World, one of the most respected business newspapers in the country. He also wrote columns for the tabloids People’s Bagong Taliba and Frontpage, the OFW weekly Pinoy Gazette and the online magazine Bulatlat.com.
More Info about Teodoro Casiño:
- Filipino partylist member, journalist, and representative
- Member for the House of Representatives, Bayan Muna
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of the Philippines (1986-1993)
Honors and awards:
- Congress Magazine’s Most Outstanding Congressman for 2008
- UPLB Most Distinguished Alumni for Extension for 2002
- Commissioner, EDSA People Power Commission, 2001-2002
Authored Laws and Bills
Teodoro Casiño is the principal author of four laws that have benefited the poor and marginalized sectors, namely:
- The Public Attorneys Act of 2007 (R.A. 9406) which strengthened the Public Attorneys Office and expanded its free legal services to poor litigants;
- The Tax Relief Act of 2009 (R.A. 9504) which exempts minimum wage earners from withholding taxes;
- The Rent Control Act of 2009 (R.A. 9653) which put a cap on rent for low-income earners;
- The Anti-Torture Act of 2009 (R.A. 9745) which penalizes torture.
Aside from this, Teodoro Casiño (Teddy Casiño) has authored a total of 178 authored and 376 co-authored measures, making him the 4th most prolific congressman in the 15th Congress.
Casino’s main advocacy is the lowering of prices of electricity, oil and water as well as regulation in the price of education, healthcare, mobile communications, toll fees and other basic utilities and services. Towards this end, he has filed bills on:
- The removal of VAT on power (HB 2719), oil (HB 1630) and toll fees (HB 5303)
- The regulation of oil prices (HB 4355), mobile phone services (HB 5653), tuition fees (HB 1961) and interest rates (HB 4917).
He has consistently opposed the budget cuts in our state colleges and universities as well as the privatization of our public hospitals and water districts.
As a relentless fighter of corruption and government abuse, Casino is also the principal author of
- The Whistleblowers Protection and Rewards Bill (HB 132),
- The Freedom of Information Bill (HB 133), the Anti-Dynasty Bill (HB 3413)
- The House version of the Anti-Epal Bill (HB 2309).
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