Gringo Honasan: Rebel-turned-Senator

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Gringo Honasan was born in Baguio City to a military colonel and a teacher.

As an elementary student in San Beda College in Manila, he was accelerated from grade 4 to grade 6. Honasan then took up 7th grade in the Dominican School in Taipei, Taiwan, before going to high school in Don Bosco Mandaluyong, where he graduate with honors.

In the PMA, he graduated "class baron", the highest leadership award given by the institution. Honasan is a decorated soldier and a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Men award in 1985.

He was also one of leaders of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, which broke away from the martial law government to become one of principal players of the EDSA Revolution.

During the administration of Cory Aquino, however, Honason also covertly led several coup attempts, leading to his imprisonment in 1987. Honasan was granted amnesty by then President Fidel Ramos in 1992.

On the back of his rebel infamy, he became the first independent candidate ever to win a Senate seat in 1995. He was re-elected in 2001 and left the Senate when his term ended in 2004. He again won a Senate seat in 2007.

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