FORMER Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Jaime Opinion passed away on Tuesday after a lingering illness.
Opinion served under the Marcos-era Comelec, then headed by Vicente Santiago Jr. as chairman in 1980 and Chairman Victorino Savellano in 1986.
Opinion’s seven-year term, which was supposed to end on May 17, 1987, was cut short by more than a year by the People Power Revolution in February 1986.
Opinion and the eight other commissioners tendered their courtesy resignation to President Corazon Aquino after the fall of Marcos in 1986. All resignations, except those of Commissioners Froilan Bacungan and Ramon Felipe Jr., were accepted.
Opinion holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science in Jurisprudence degrees from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of the East.
He is managing partner of Jaime C. Opinion and Partners Law office from July 2013 up to the time of his death.
He also served as president and lawyer of the Advocates Offshore Law, Inc.