The couple Antionio H. Cerilles and Aurora E. Cerilles are long time political figures in Zamboanga politics. Both have alternated between the legislative and executive branches of government, and during the course of their political careers have authored six bills in support of the Mindanao Railway. (See full list of bills here).

Both have been congresspersons of the 2nd District of Zamboanga del Sur, starting with Antonio who was the inaugural representative of the district. He remained so till 1998 when he assumed the role of Secretary of Environment & Natural Resources under the Estrada administration. Aurora succeeded him as congresswoman for the district until 2001, at which point she was elected as governor of the province. Antonio returned to his congressional seat in 2004, and the couple reversed their roles 2010. Aurora sought election as governor of the province again in 2019 but was unsuccessful.

As congressman of the 2nd District of Zamboanga del Sur, Antonio kept the Mindanao Railway in the legislative agenda for the 8th, 9th, 13th and 14th. Aurora, for her part, took up the cause in the 11th and 15th congresses.

The table below shows their legislative record with regard to the Mindanao Railway.

Bill Author Filed Read Title Status
HB03788 Cerilles, Antonio H. 18 Nov 1987 23 Nov 1987 An act creating the Mindanao Railways Authority, prescribing its powers, functions and duties, and providing for the necessary funds for its operations Primary Referral: TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATION

Bill Status: Pending with the Committee on TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATION since 1987-11-23
HB35377 Cerilles, Antionio H. 29 Jan 1992 29 Jan 1992 An act establishing a railway system in Mindanao Primary Referral: RULES

House Committee Report No.: 01773 Submitting Committees: TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATION

Bill Status: Business for Thursday & Friday on 1992-01-29
HB01182 Cerilles, Aurora E 21 Jul 1998 30 Jul 1998 An act creating the Mindanao Railways Authority, prescribing its power, function and duties, and providing for the necessary funds for its operations Primary Referral: GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION

Secondary Referral/s: WAYS AND MEANS, APPROPRIATIONS, TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

Bill Status: Pending with the Committee on GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION since 1998-07-30
HB03595 Cerilles, Antonio H 13 Jan 2005 18 Jan 2005 An act creating the Mindanao Railways Authority, prescribing its powers, functions, and duties and appropriating funds for its operation Primary Referral: RAILWAYS AND RO-RO SYSTEMS

Secondary Referral/s: GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION, APPROPRIATIONS

Previous Referrals: SECONDARILY REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS on 2005-01-18; SECONDARILY REFERRED TO APPROPRIATIONS on 2005-01-18;

Bill Status: Pending with the Committee on RAILWAYS AND RO-RO SYSTEMS since 2005-01-18
HB02656 Cerilles, Antonio H. 24 Sep 2007 01 Oct 2007 An act creating the Mindanao Railways Authority, prescribing its powers, functions, and duties and appropriating funds for its operation Primary Referral: TRANSPORTATION

Secondary Referral/s: MINDANAO AFFAIRS
Previous Referrals: PRIMARILY REFERRED TO GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION on 2007-10-01; SECONDARILY REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION on 2007-10-01;

COMMITTEE ACTIONS:
Under deliberation by the Mother Committee on 2008-03-12
Bill Status: Under deliberation by the Mother Committee on 2008-03-12
HB01354 Cerilles, Aurora E. 13 Jul 2010 02 Aug 2010 An act creating the Mindanao Railways Authority, prescribing its powers, functions and duties, and appropriating funds for its operations Primary Referral: TRANSPORTATION

Secondary Referral/s: MINDANAO AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ACTIONS:

Approved by the Committee on 2010-11-17

Referred to stakeholders on 2012-02-06
Bill Status: Referred to stakeholders on 2012-02-06

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