Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa

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Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa
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174th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Assumed office
January 22, 2016
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byMartin Villarama, Jr.
Secretary of Justice
In office
October 12, 2015 – January 21, 2016
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byLeila De Lima
Succeeded byEmmanuel Caparas (Acting)
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
In office
January 10, 2013 – October 12, 2015
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byEduardo de Mesa
Succeeded bySalvador Panelo
Personal details
Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa

(1959-09-30) September 30, 1959 (age 59)
Spouse(s)Pier-Angela P. Caguioa
Alma materAteneo de Manila University

Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa (born September 30, 1959)[1] is a Filipino lawyer who is now an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.[2][3] Prior to his appointment as Associate Justice he had served as acting Secretary of the Department of Justice and Chief Presidential Legal under the presidency of Benigno Aquino III.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Caguioa was born September 30, 1959.[1] He is a son of Court of Appeals Justice Eduardo P. Caguioa. He finished elementary in Ateneo in 1973 then high school in 1977. He obtained his Economics degree from Ateneo de Manila University in 1981, and acquired his Bachelor of Laws from Ateneo Law School in 1985 where he ranked 5th in his class. On the same year he ranked 15th on the Bar Exam and was admitted to the Philippine Bar the following year.[5]


Caguioa joined SyCip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaytan in 1986 and was a partner there from 1994 until February 2007. Together with 5 other lawyers from his previous firm, they founded the Caguioa and Gatmaytan and Associates in February 2007.[6][1] He was a professor at the Ateneo Law School and San Sebastian College college of Law. Since 2015 he's a professor of Civil Law in University of Santo Tomas. Caguioa was cited as leading Philippine lawyer in dispute resolution by Chambers & Partners in its 2010 and 2011 Asia-Pacific publications.[7][6][8]

On January 10, 2013, he was appointed as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel of then President Benigno Aquino III, his classmate since grade school.[9][10] He was part of the official delegation of the country to the Permanent Court of Arbitration for the South China Sea Arbitration. After the resignation of then Secretary Leila de Lima last October 2015, he was appointed as acting Secretary of the Department of Justice.[4][5][8] He was appointed as the 174th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines replacing the retired Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Appointments and Designations: January 10, 2013". Official Gazette. Archived from the original on May 29, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  2. ^ Torres-Tupas, Tetch (January 27, 2016). "Justice Secretary Caguioa takes oath as 174th SC justice". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "PNoy appoints DOJ chief as next SC justice". The Philippine Star. January 22, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Gonzales, Yuji Vincent (13 October 2015). "Aquino appoints legal counsel Alfredo Caguioa as ad interim DOJ chief". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Lim, Gerard (January 23, 2016). "Who is newly-appointed SC Justice Alfredo Caguioa?". Rappler. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa". Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Secretary's Profile" (PDF). Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Caguioa appointed to head DoJ". Business World Online. October 14, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Chiu, Patricia Denise (January 10, 2013). "PNoy names Ateneo classmate new chief legal counsel". GMA News. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Cheng, Willard (January 10, 2013). "PNoy classmate is new chief pres'l legal counsel". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Martin Villarama, Jr.
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Preceded by
Eduardo de Mesa
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
Succeeded by
Salvador Panelo
Political offices
Preceded by
Leila De Lima
Secretary of Justice

Succeeded by
Emmanuel Caparas