One of the Bicolano Senators voted at-large is Victor Ziga who served the Philippine Senate from July 1, 1987 to June 30, 1992. He authored and co-authored at least 295 bills and resolutions with local and national significance some of which were passed into law.
Included in the legislations that he passed are: the law establishes the establishment of the National Rehabilitation Center for drug addicts; Republic Act (RA) 6728, or GATSPE, which provides government assistance to students and teachers in private educational institutions; RA 6948, which standardizes and upgrades the benefits of military veterans and their dependents; RA 6957, or the “Build-Operate-Transfer Law”; RA 7160, or the Local Government Code of 1991; RA 7395, or the “Magna Carta of Public Health Workers”; and RA 7432, which grants benefits and special privileges to senior citizens. He was also known as a member of the “Magnificent 12” that voted against extending the Philippine-US bases treaty, thus ending over 80 years of permanent US basing in the country.
Prior to being a Senator, Vic Ziga also served as an Assemblyman for Albay in the Batasang Pambansa from June 30, 1984 to March 25, 1986 and served as Minister of General Services.
Vic Ziga was born on September 30, 1945 in Manila to parents Venancio Prieto Ziga, a former governor and congressman of Albay, and Tecla San Andres Ziga, a former Senator and the first first woman who topped Philippine Bar Examination. He was a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, the University of Sto. Tomas and the University of California in Los Angeles and was admitted to the bar in 1975.
Vic Ziga passed away last January 31, 2021 at the age of 75.