Aquino appoints classmate chief Palace lawyer

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A classmate of Mr. Aquino’s from grade school to college at the Ateneo de Manila University, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa topped the bar exams in 1986, was an honor graduate of Ateneo Law School and was an “able” law practitioner, according to Secretary Edwin Lacierda. PHOTO FROM CAGATLAW.COM

President Aquino has named lawyer Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, a classmate at the Ateneo De Manila University, as his new Chief Presidential Legal Counsel.

Caguioa replaced Eduardo de Mesa, who quit in December 2012 but was quickly appointed Bases Conversion Development Authority director on Dec. 19, replacing Teresita Desierto.

“He is a very able lawyer. He is four batches ahead of me in Ateneo Law School,” Lacierda, himself a lawyer, said in a text message.

Caguioa was a classmate of Mr. Aquino at the Ateneo from grade school to college.

The new appointee, son of the late Court of Appeals Justice Eduardo Caguioa, is a senior partner of the Caguioa and Gatmaytan Law Office, which specializes in litigation and arbitration.

Caguioa, a bar topnotcher in 1986, was an honor graduate of Ateneo Law School and an “able” law practitioner, said Lacierda.

But Caguioa’s appointment was not without opposition.

In a letter to the Office of the President, lawyer Ernesto Francisco Jr. said the President should refrain from appointing a practicing lawyer as his chief legal counsel to avoid conflict of interest.

In his opposition letter, Francisco disclosed that Caguioa’s law firm had lawyered for Narra Nickel Mining and Development Corp., Tesoro Mining and Development Inc. and McArthur Mining Inc., whose financial and technical assistance agreements issued in the homestretch of the Arroyo administration were revoked by the Office of the President.

Thus, he said, Caguioa may not be “impartial” in handling the government’s position on mining matters.

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  • ManongOsang

    First, Caguioa is a good lawyer & straight.

    Secondly, I love it when the media always Makes a Controversy of PNOY picks by saying
    ” Pnoy chooses his classmate”. What & Where do you want Pnoy to get Picks who are good & who he can trust?
    ATENISTA si PNOY…Obviously its one of the top schools in the country.. Saan mo siya gusto maghanap eh doon siya may kilala dahil he spent 15 years straight in Ateneo.
    When Cory became President, 70% of her cabinet & OIC’s were from Ateneo. WhenRamos was President, 60% of his cabinet where from Ateneo. Noong time ni Erap & GMA- its was about 70% of this cabinet. Now kay PNOY, its about 2/3 of them from Almendras, Abad, Mar Roxas to Ricky Carandang. You have to go where the talent is.

    In the Senate, House & Governors, at any time, there are anywhere from 40% to 60% of these elected officials are alums of the Ateneo. Right now, its Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Koko Pimentel, TG Guingona, & Alan Cayetano, & Ralph Recto( he did not pass the high entrance & transferred to La Salle)

    When US President Bill Clinton, a Yale graduate was President, 2/3 of his appointees to both his Cabinet & the Federal Judges were from Yale University since Clinton was from Yale. A good number of them were his classmates.
    With US President Obama who is from Harvard, 70% of this cabinet appointees are from Harvard University. Several of them were his classmates & even his College roomate.

    These Presidents came from Top schools, where do you want them to get talent !!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JN4J26VGRK2JMS53BS3AJFUQTI Martin C

      I agree it makes sense. Good comment :)

    • Observer_din

      kasi ang iba makabatikos lang, nawawala ang katalinuhan dahil naiisip lang nila galit at hanapan ng mali ang bawat galaw ni PNOY..  or baka ang gusto nilang i-appoint ni PNOY na chief palace lawyer eh si CORONA para sumaya sila..

  • bakitkailangan

    If you were the president, will you get somebody outside your comfort zone? If yes, You are a stupid imbecile in the highest order.

    • Observer_din

      kasi ang mga mahilig mangbatikos gusto yata nila si Corona ang kunin ni PNOY.. hehehehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VSVAD3S4PWFLPD7GOWBLI6BLRI Paulo Adams

    His name does not appear as a bar topnotcher.  Where did you get this info?

  • Hey_Dudes

    Should this be an issue at all?  Geez….GMA appointed her manicurist and gardener to government juicy positions and nary a word from her pom pom boys? Petty….petty…petty is what we are.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FLJTDAJBXYODZXD5KAK76UT73Q Nerraw

    Wow..Tuwang-tuwa na naman mga mining companies nito..More floods and landslide in the Philippines…Kawawang Pinas..diba Hey_Dudes?

  • im_not_convinced

    Why is this even an issue? Pnoy has always appointed his classmates, party-mates and shooting buddies to government posts. being his pals doesn’t make them less qualified for the posts, swerte din lang sila. also he can count on their loyalty even after his term ends (if they are still in position) to further Pnoy’s goals. CJ Sereno for example. 

  • antonioluna

    The yellow gathering…

  • Your_King

    Let’s see how many times people mentions KKK. Now with Aquino’s buddy the chief lawyer, Aquino definitely has no reason to follow laws now and can bank on his power and position to back-him up.

  • disqusted0fu

    KKK does not exist for nothing. This appointment is just one of the many examples of why it exists. Pnoy needs people who will bend over their backs for him when necessary to protect some of his unlawful desires.

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