He goes by the nom de guerre "Kadre" which he was known as a leftist during martial law. Torres was known as a student activist, then a leftist leader during and after Martial Law. Under President Corazón Aquino, he have served as an Undersecretary in the Department of Labor and Employment from 1989-1990.
Afterwards he was promoted to full Secretary, serving from 1990-1992.
Under the next president, Fidel V. Ramos, he worked as Executive Secretary (colloquially known as the Little President) from 1995-1998. Recently he served as Congressman, 2nd District, in Zambales from 2001-2004.