Jose J. Roy
Senator Roy was born in Moncada, Tarlac on July 19, 1904 to Macario Roy and Marciana de Jesus.
He acquired his elementary and highschool education in Tarlac. Working his way through college, he obtained his degree of Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines in 1930 and passed the bar examinations.
After passing the bar, he was designated Special Attorney of the Public Service Commission and a year later he started his private legal practice.
In 1946, he entered politics and was endorsed congressional candidate by the party for Tarlac and won said election. As a lawmaker, he initiated numerous bills, most of which sought to ease the plight of the masses, especially farmers. He started a congressional campaign to acquire the vast Hacienda Luisita, in order to divide among its tenant-farmers. He was instrumental in the drafting and passage of important finance and socio-economic measures which he authored and or/sponsored on the floor of the House of Representatives from 1946 to 1961, among which are Central Bank Act; 70/30 Rice Crop Sharing Law; Industrialization Act (R.A.901); The Agricultural Tenancy Act, The Land Tenure Act, The Original Anti-Graft Law, An act establishing the Development Bank of the Philippines and the Tariff and Customs Code of 1957.
While he was a Congressman, Roy was also a constant delegate to various organizations and conferences both here and abroad. He represented the country in the General Assembly of the United Nations, New York City City in 1950 and 1952, Washimgton D.C. in 1954 and 1956; Philippine delegation to Inter-Parliamentary Congress Conference in Brazil in 1962.
From 1967 to 1972, he was the Senate President Pro Tempore and also served as the Majority Floor Leader and member of the Commission on Appointments.
He was married to Consolacion R. Domingo with whom he had three children.