• Bar topnotcher named SolGen

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    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed lawyer Florin Hilbay, a topnotcher in the 1999 Bar exams, as the country’s Solicitor General, Malacanang announced on Friday.

    Hilbay replaced Francis Jardeleza, who was appointed by the President as Supreme Court Associate Justice in August last year.

    “Florin Hilbay has been with the OSG [Office of the Solicitor General] even before he was appointed Acting Solicitor General,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.

    Valte said Aquino signed Hilbay’s appointment on June 16, 2015.

    Hilbay teaches Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law courses at the UP College of Law and has been senior state solicitor since March 2013.

    He was the main man in defending the controversial Reproductive Health Law before the High Tribunal at the height of the controversy last year brought about by several petitions against the law.

    Hilbay was also the principal handling lawyer for the cases involving another controversial program, the Disbursement Acceleration Program after the budget measure was declared partially unconstitutional by the High Tribunal.

    The new Solicitor General was the one who wrote the an opinion piece that called for “unity of vision” between the executive and the judiciary.

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