Caguioa appointed to head DoJ

Posted on October 14, 2015

CHIEF PRESIDENTIAL Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa has been appointed as Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa --
“According to Executive Secretary Paquito [N.] Ochoa, Jr., President [Benigno S. C.] Aquino III has appointed [Mr.] Caguioa as ad interim Secretary of Justice (SoJ),” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio B. Coloma, Jr. said in a statement.

Mr. Caguioa replaces Leila M. de Lima who resigned last week. She is part of the Liberal Party senatorial slate that was announced on Monday.

Mr. Coloma said a transmittal letter has been sent to the Commission on Appointments which will then confirm his appointment.

President Aquino appointed Mr. Caguioa in 2013.

According to C&G Law’s Web site, Mr. Caguioa is one of the founding partners of the Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio firm.

He withdrew from the firm that changed its name from Caguioa & Gatmaytan to Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio.

Mr. Caguioa earned his degree in economics from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1981. He graduated also with honors from its College of Law in 1985 and placed 15th in the 1985 Bar examinations.

According to the same Web site, Mr. Caguioa specialized in litigation and arbitration and has acted as private prosecutor or defense counsel before the regular courts and the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.

He was a professor at the Colleges of Law of Ateneo de Manila University and San Sebastian College. He taught Obligations and Contracts, Property, Statutory Construction, and Administrative Law, the Web site said.

It further noted that Mr. Caguioa was cited as a leading Philippine lawyer in dispute resolution by Chambers & Partners in its 2010 and 2011 Asia-Pacific publications.

Sought for comment, Ms. de Lima said Mr. Caguioa “is a good choice. No doubt, with his legal background and work as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, he’s highly qualified as SoJ. -- K. M. P. Tubadeza