Aquino’s classmate Caguioa eyed as chief presidential counsel



Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa: Next chief presidential legal counsel? PHOTO FROM CAGATLAW.COM

MANILA, Philippines—President Aquino will name a new chief presidential legal counsel in January 2013, and lawyer Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, who was Aquino’s classmate in Ateneo, is being considered for the post.

“He (Caguioa) is under consideration,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters at a Palace briefing on Wednesday.

Lacierda, however, said he had yet to receive any confirmation from the Office of the Executive Secretary.

Caguioa was a classmate of Aquino at Ateneo de Manila University, from grade school to college.

The lawyer is a senior partner of the Caguioa and Gatmaytan law office, which specializes in litigation and arbitration, and the son of the late Court of Appeals Justice Eduardo Caguioa.

“We’re looking at possible nominees … but I know Ben Caguioa personally. He is a very able lawyer. He is four batches ahead of me in Ateneo Law School,” said Lacierda, himself a lawyer.

“I will let you know if there is already a confirmation on who will be the new chief presidential legal counsel,” said Lacierda.

Asked about Caguioa’s prospects, Lacierda said by phone that Caguioa was a bar topnotcher in 1986, an honor graduate of Ateneo Law School and an “able” law practitioner.

“His qualities would certainly be welcome in the Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, but we don’t know who the other (contenders) are,” said Lacierda.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said as much.

“Good, I think. He’s a competent lawyer and the President knows him well,” said Abad in a text message, without elaborating.

Deputy chief presidential legal counsel Eloisa Sy currently heads the office in an acting capacity.

The vacancy was triggered by the resignation last week of chief presidential legal counsel Eduardo de Mesa, who has moved to the government-owned and -controlled corporation Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA).

De Mesa, who held the post for two and a half years, was appointed BCDA director and assumed the post on Dec. 19, replacing Teresita Desierto.

As chief presidential legal counsel, De Mesa also sat in a committee that had been vetting judges, but had kept a low profile.

He was among those who crafted the Executive Order No. 1 creating the Truth Commission, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court for intending to single out the Arroyo administration in the anti-corruption campaign of President Aquino.

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    KA-ESKWELA na naman.

    • marionics

      oo nga. dapat si mitos na lang ano?

      • JuanTamadachi

        I prefer Agnes Devanadera.

      • marionics

        who doesn’t? he he

      • UrHONOR

        HAHAHA   I was also thinking….may be Manoling Morato is a bitt…better choice!

      • marionics

        naku busy na yun maglapat ng vaseline sa wetpaks niya he he

      • boldyak

        bakit alam mo na vaseline?…..ikaw ha!…

      • marionics

        sosy kasi e. yung mga nasa munti e grasa ang gamit

  • arao_liwanag

    Ito ang nagpapakopya sa kanya ng mga answers sa test. Pagbabayad ng utang na loob na di naman kanya ang ipinambabayad. 

  • Rolly257

    Kaysa kunin ko si Joker Arroyo, pipili ako ng hindi magkakanulo sa akin.

  • Usi Sero

    Yet another “K”… wake up Philippines before these “K”ryptonites gets out of hand. 

  • regd

    Sige, basta’t pa-angat ng pa-angat tayo ayos lang yan. PNoy need all the help he required. Ako rin pwede pag kelangan nya ipakulong ang bunganga ni kris, sa kwarto ko pwede. Akong bahala dun.

    • arao_liwanag

      olol sino ka ba oki ni nam

    • batangpaslit


  • $37644997

    Friends they meet,relatives they share and in business come what may because they know  they can make it.

    • batangpaslit

      a poet was born…

  • boybakal

    Caguioa is a good choice.
    The name is synonymous to legal luminaries.

    • UrHONOR

      So does the name ARROYO.

  • zeroko

    That is Chinese style of governance. Palakasan! Wala ng pagkakataon ang mga qualified na Pilipino sa gobyerno natin. Lahat ng sangay ng gobyerno, Chinese! Go to the Courts like MTC and RTC. They are all Chinese. Go to the Batasan or the so called “August Chamber” during their session  The Representatives or Congressmen are majority Chinese. Go the the Supreme Court. They are all Chinese. Who is Conchita Carpio Morales, the head of the Office of the Ombudsman, a Chinese. He he he. 

    Pati lupa at corpration ng gobyerno, nililipat na sa mga Chinese. Ano ang matitira para sa Pilipino? Wala. Hirap ang ating mamanahin katulad sa Tibet, East Mongolian Prefecture  at Xinjiang Prefecture  Sa Tibet, Tibitans ang dating mamamayan. Sa Eastern Mongolia, mga Mongolians, sa Xinjiang, more of Arabs. But since the Han Chinese as so many, they over run and populate all these three conquered nations and the native on those once independent country are now the minority. The natives in those countries has no liberty. Many or majority of the natives were formerly herdsmen. It means that they raise their cattle  horses, sheep where ever there are green pastures. They are not restricted to one place. 

    Now, these natives are confined into a hamlets. They are not allowed to travel, nor to raise their herds. In short, the Chinese is depriving the natives of livelihood which results to starvation and death. This is one means of erasing the native from their land. If that is not an act of ethnic cleansing, I do not know how to call it..

    And PNoy is now becoming an intrument, the final act by selling all our lands and properties to the Chinese through his PPP or public private partnership. He is a TRAITOR!

    Pati mines natin, na sa kamay na ng Chinese.


      wait ka na lamamng hanggang ang 3kings na ang mamuno – binay, erap, enrile or BEE for short.

      • batangpaslit

        may natutohan ako ngaon, ah. the acronym BEE

      • marionics

        mga busy bees

      • batangpaslit

        hahaha….busy sa ano? for 2016 presidential election?

      • marionics

        of course…always

    • UrHONOR

      HINDI naman PALAKASAN ang ginamit dito, Bro.  PALAPITAN. 

      • batangpaslit

        i like that. “palapitan”, imbis palakasan.
        Ur Honor, i have no problem with the dictum “whom you know”, provided, the nominee have the core competence what the job requires.
        besides, with the sensitive position as “counsel”, if i were the decision maker, i would hire someone whom i trust.

        tingnan mo ang nangayari kay Anwar Saddat. hindi sia marunong pumili kung sino ang kunin niang close-in security, ‘di ang nangyari ang bumaril sa kanya ay ang sarili niang bodyguard
        o, sige, Bossing, Manigong Bagong Taon na lang, lampas na ang 25 DEC, eh

    • James

       You have a false sense of nationalism.  What you have instead is pure and unadulterated bigotry, which this World has no need of.    

    • batangpaslit

      ikaw, Tsong, ano ang lahi mo?
      wala kang dugo Instsik?
      kung walla ano?
      Espanol, Hapon, Arabo, o Kano?
      What you said could be applied to you too.
      Ang importante, is the candidate competent to handle the job?

  • buttones

    Well I’m sure if the gentleman in question is appointed- all will be fine, well qualified it seems, same school, knows the President well, doubtless same politics- On this Ateneo Law School, I’m always intrigued by the fact that not a single one of our Law Schools ever make it into the top 200 in the world,  why is that I wonder? China and Singapore can but never PH…..


    Nong panahon ni Marcos, may mga cronies na tinatawag. Sa panahon ngayon, KKK naman. 

    Nag bago na ang Pilipinas? Sabi nga ng isang tao, ASA ka pa!

    • batangpaslit

      cronysm is not confined among the old boys network.

  • James

    Personally, I find nothing obnoxious with the President’s choice’s belonging to his KKK.  Indeed, placed in a similar position, would anyone of us appoint someone who we didn’t know personally?  I doubt it.  As a matter of fact, in hiring househelp alone, do we not always ask for someone personally recommended by our relatives or friends, or someone from our own province or place? Would you expect the President to do anything less in appointing his Chief Presidential Legal Adviser?     

    • batangpaslit


    • antonioluna

      did you even consider the qualifications?  ok lang pala basta kakilala? so pag nag aaply ka ng trabaho dapat kay ninong, tito or pinsan ka mag apply or magpalakad! mahusay ang logic nyong mga yellow showbiz fanatic…

      • Ivideo

        Did you ever question GMA’s appointments of a certain gardener, Armando Macapagal, as Luneta deputy, a personal manicurist, Anita Carpon, to the board of trustees of PAGIBIG housing fund with a monthly income of P130,000 a month + perks, Corona’s midnight appointment as CJ, bypassing more legitimate justices to the post and in 2005 GMA, named Leonor Rosero, her personal dentist, as head of PRC where cheating in the nursing licensure exams became extensive during her term.  Are these people more qualified than a learned legitimate practicing lawyer who happens to be a classmate of the President?  Fanatic is a person who follows and supports another person blindly and that is YOU.  We support PNoy, not as a fanatisc but as citizens who see positive changes manifesting in this country.  S T U p id !

  • Peter L

    There are pros and cons in hiring a friend. He is loyal, he seldom says no, he follows the order to the letter, he becomes an uto-uto and finally goes down with his boss when everything fails. On the other hand, he is blind, he has no balls to disagree and give a complete picture of the situation, he is beholden to his boss not to the people, he loses his national obligation and everything becomes personal. The biggest blunder is the familiarity because familiarity breeds contempt. When their personal interests are in conflict later, they become bitter enemies and everything fails. So the boss will do anything to please him and vice versa. I call it the curse of friendship!

    • batangpaslit

      Peter, a true friend, will not allow his friend to be pushed towards the cliff. False friendship will result to cursing, misuse, and abuse.

  • batangpaslit

    as long as the government functionary have the heart for the old homeland, honest, and competent classmate or no classmate is immaterial.
    to be a legal cousnel is a position of trust. the choice is obviously the judgment call of the President.
    no one could deprive him of that prerogative.

    • Darwin

      i actually have no problem insofar as his designaton of his legal adviser. any client has the prerogatie to choose his lawyer. i just hope that for once, Pnoy will listen to sound legal advice from him. He would be useless if his sensible advice is ignored in favor of those communists in the cabinet like Llamas, et. al. He needs a non-partisan adviser who will not sway him in favor of any palace faction. he also needs an adviser who will temper his recklessness.

      • batangpaslit

        you raised very good points, Darwin. i concur.

  • $23257130

    grave ha, kkk. pppppwwweeeehhh kadiri

  • antonioluna

    ohh, mga yellow showbiz fanatic, pagtanggol nyo na hehehe

  • ern

    Anti-Pnoy will never speak anything good concerning him. All they wish is for his government to fail. Common losers…have a good time reading your stuff….it’s all you’ve got.

    • beatmanny

      fck you

      • magcalasL


      • Ivideo

        You TOO!

  • simonibarra27

    Calling all Pnoy schoolmates Job vacancy at hand! marami pang puwesto marami pa kasi syang sususpindihing. Kaya mag set na kayo ng reunion para malukluk sa pwesto!

  • Bogart747

    pnoy should make a new dept. for employment exclusive sa mga KKK bwahahhahha….wala pa rin pagbabago :(

  • disqusted0fu

    what else is to say but kkk? despite extreme amount of criticisms on how the president appoints his people, he still continues to do what he does. Aquino is basically sending a message to everyone that no one can stop him from doing what he wants to do.

    • Usi Sero

      PNoy is above the law…he doesn’t give a rat’s a$$

      • disqusted0fu

        apparently so! thats what we get for electing someone who allegedly has asperger syndrome

  • Fred

    Never mind if it’s KKK as long as the guy is qualified. If you are in the place of PNoy, are you not going to do it? Aside from KKK, it is TRUST, my friend, that matters also!
    To those against KKK, whether-weather lang po.

  • Your_King

    Let’s see how many times KKK gets mentioned. Because it’s true, Aquino’s KKK is about to welcome another member into its ever growing crew. Which means another person that Aquino will allow to be above the law.

  • turbogirl9



  • Usi Sero

    Just heard on TV Patrol…Puno will be appointed as USec of agriculture. WTF.

  • $14141131

    There’s no doubt that this lawyer is good. But how he would wade his way inside the President’s  office considered to be a turf of smooth sychophants and pot-valiants is another thing. Principles, values and intelligence are more of loads than treasure now in government service.

  • Ivideo

    Hoy PNoy haters!  He is appointing a legitimate qualified practicing lawyer.  Caguioa being his classmate is irrelevant.  Compared to GMA appointment of a Gardener, Armando Macapagal, as Luneta deputy and a personal manicurist, Anita Carpon, to the board of trustees of PAGIBIG housing fund with a monthly income of P130,000 a month + perks. Corona’s midnight appointment as CJ, bypassing more legitimate justices to the post (thank God he’s gone).  2005 GMA, named Leonor Rosero, her personal dentist, as head of PRC where cheating in the nursing licensure exams became extensive during her term.   Now tell me.  Who is better in placing people in government, PNoy or GMA, or you would rather keep you eyes closed and continue being NEGA?

    • Pers

      and padaca comelec commissioner who is facing criminal case.

      • Ivideo

        And yes Padaca, facing a graft case for awarding a contract of some P25-million to a non government org. to manage credit facility for rice farmers w/o public bidding where in her defense she said it is not needed.  It is not a case of her pocketing money from the government and so her integrity is still intact.  

  • Gadfly

    Before you idiots start babbling about “palakasan,” please refer, first and foremost, to the key words in the title of the article. It says CHIEF PRESIDENTIAL COUNSEL. Naturally, any person who would want to hire a lawyer for himself would engage the services of someone he or she can trust. Somebody who he can have the privilege of divulging all sensitive information and, in turn, receive some candid and sound legal advice. An attorney-client relationship requires the highest degree of trust and confidence. The President is not exempt from availing of this privilege.

    I really don’t understand why you dimwits are making such a fuss about this non-issue.

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