Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa—a classmate in college of President Benigno Aquino 3rd —will succeed Leila de Lima who resigned her post as Justice secretary to run for the Senate in the 2016 elections.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd appointed Caguioa, the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, as ad interim Justice secretary, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Tuesday.
In January 2013, Aquino appointed Caguioa, his former classmate in grade school, as chief presidential legal counsel, replacing Eduardo de Mesa.
It was learned that de Lima had recommended Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano to succeed her but Aquino picked Caguioa, his classmate at the College of Economics at Ateneo de Manila University.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. also recommended Caguioa — his classmate at the Ateneo de Manila University College of Law — to replace de Lima.
Until his appointment, Caguioa was senior partner at the Caguioa & Gatmaytan law firm.
In the website of the C & G Law office, it was stated that Caguioa was a professor of law and a true practitioner after obtaining his degree in Economics (Honors Program) from the College of Arts and Sciences of Ateneo de Manila University in 1981 (Honorable Mention), and graduated with honors from its College of Law in 1985, ranking fifth in his class.
It was also stated that he was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1986 after placing 15th in the 1985 Bar examinations.
Caguioa joined SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan in 1986 and was a partner there from 1994 until February 2007.
He specializes in litigation and arbitration. He has devoted much of his career to civil and commercial litigation before courts and quasi-judicial bodies of all levels.
With JOMAR CANLAS