President Aquino appoints Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Caguioa as ad interim Justice Secretary

MANILA, Oct. 13 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed Chief Presidential Legal Counsel (CPLC) Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa as ad interim secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In a statement, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said a transmittal letter has been sent to the Commission on Appointments.

“According to Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., President Aquino has appointed Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa as ad interim Secretary of Justice, vice Leila de Lima, who resigned to seek a Senate seat,” Secretary Coloma said.

De Lima tendered her resignation on Oct. 6 as DOJ chief to run for senator under the administration’s Liberal Party in next year’s elections.

Caguioa obtained 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.

He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1986 after placing 15th in the 1985 Bar examinations.

He was appointed Chief Presidential Legal Counsel by President Aquino in 2013. (PNA)