1949 - 1951
1946 - 1951, 1953 - 1964
1936 - 1939
1928 - 1934
Fifth District of Cebu
1916 - 1928
|Political Party:|| Liberal Party|
|Born:|| January 16, 1888|
|Died:||February 25, 1964|
Senator Mariano Jesús Diosomito Cuenco (January 16, 1888 - February 25, 1964) was born in Carmen, Cebu on January 16, 1888 to Mariano Albao Cuenco and Remedios Lopez Diosomito. He studied at the Colegio de San Carlos of Cebu where he graduated in 1904 with a degree in Bachelor of Arts. He finished law in 1911 at the Escuela de Derecho (later became the Manila Law School) and passed the bar examinations in 1913.
In 1941, Cuenco was elected Senator of the Philippines but the onset of the Second World War prevented that Senate from going into session. After the Japanese Occupation, Cuenco was reelected to the Senate in 1946. From 1949 to 1951, he served as Senate President and Chairman of the Commission on Appointments. His term paved the way for many reforms and his significant contributions resulted in a more efficient legislative body.
As a member of the Liberal Party of incumbent President Elpidio R. Quirino, Senate President Cuenco was defeated in his bid for reelection in the Nacionalista Party shut-out during the 1951 Philippine general election. He ran and regained his seat as a Senator once again in 1953 and 1959. He continued serving the Philippine Senate until his death in 1964.
Cuenco also wrote in Visayan. Ang Republikang Pilipinhon, Codigo and Roma are among his works. His pen name was "Lauro Katindog."
He was married twice, first to Filomena Alesna, and years after she died, to Rosa Cayetano.