Fernando Lopez served as Vice President for three terms, under President Quirino
(1949 to 1953) and President Marcos (1965 to 1972)
Fernando Lopez was part of a rich and influential family. In 1945, with no prior
political experience, Lopez was picked by President Osmena to be mayor of Iloilo
City. In 1947, he was elected as Senator and in 1949, he became vice-president under
President Quirino and concurrently worked as secretary of agriculture, serving until
1953. He was then elected once again as senator, and re-elected in 1959.
In 1965, he won the vice-presidency alongside President Marcos and was re-elected
in 1969. The Lopez family fell out of Marcos' favour and was targeted by the dictatorship
because of their denunciations of Marcos' corruption. The position of vice-president
was dissolved, and the Lopez family was stripped of most of its political and economic
From 1986 to 1993, Lopez became president of the ABS-CBN broadcasting network.