Former Solicitor General and hardhitting lawyer Frank Chavez, who had been battling lymphoma since 2009, died of a stroke on Wednesday night at the age of 66.
His wife, Jean, said Chavez had a bone-marrow transplant and had been confined at The Medical City hospital since July 1.
Chavez was cremated at 2 a.m. on Thursday and his remains will be brought to the Santuario de San Antonio Parish in Forbes Park, Makati City.
Burial was scheduled on Sunday at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
Chavez, who was Solicitor General from 1987 to 1992, was born on February 6, 1947 in Bateria, Sagay, Negros Occidental.
In 1961, he was high school salutatorian at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, a Roman Catholic university founded in 1941 and administered by the Order of Augustinian Recollects.
He went to college at the West Negros College in Bacolod City, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1967 with a degree in Bachelor of Arts major in English.
In 1971, Chavez obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines. A year later, he passed the Bar.
At age 38, Chavez served as examiner during the 1985 Bar examinations in remedial law, a first in the history of the Philippine Bar.
Cited for his achievements in law and human rights, Chavez was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines.
He was a founding partner of the Chavez Laureta & Associates law office and a partner in the Sycip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan Law Offices.
Chavez was also one of the founders of the Brotherhood of Nationalistic, Involved and Free Attorneys to Combat Injustice and Oppression (Bonifacio), an association of lawyers providing free legal aid to indigents.
He ran for senator under Raul Roco’s Alyansa ng Pag-Asa in 2004 but lost.
Chavez was one of the most vocal opponents of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
He once defended three lawyers from Davao City who were jailed on Marcos’ order.