JESSE H. T. ANDRES
"He has successfully prosecuted several high profile criminal cases and is well-versed in civil litigation."
Born on 18 July 1964 in Manila, Atty. Andres obtained his Bachelor of Laws in 1990 and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Dean's List) in 1984, both at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He is a member of the Upsilon Sigma Phi Fraternity where he served as Vice-Illustrious Fellow in 1987 and President of the Manila Alumni Chapter. He was admitted to the Bar in 1991.
In November 1990, he joined the Ponce Enrile Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices (PECABAR) as an associate, and in July 1996 he became a partner. He became Co-Head of PECABAR's litigation department in 1998-2001. He also handled Labor cases including Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations. Later, he specialized in Civil and Administrative cases including Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation and arbitration in construction industry disputes. He has successfully prosecuted several high profile criminal cases and is well-versed in civil litigation. He has attended international seminars on Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods, Corporate Governance and Risk Management. He seats as Independent Director in leading financial institutions. He likewise served as Trustee and Chairman of the GSIS Corporate Governance Committee from 2004-2010.
He appeared on TV as Host of several Legal Talk Shows and Public Affairs Show, such as "Companero y Companera" in the Daily Morning show "Magandang Umaga Bayan" of ABS-CBN. He is the Past President of the Rotary Club of Midtown Quezon City District 3780. He finished his secondary education from San Beda High School in 1980.
While a law student, he served as Board Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry's Garment and Textile Export Board (GTEB). He also served as Senior Manager in the Philippine Exporter's Foundation (PEF). Mr. Andres was elected as President of GTEB Employees' Association and spokesman of the Department of Trade and Industry's Confederation of Employees' Association.
He co-founded the Firm in March 2004. Afterwards, he became the Chief of Staff (Undersecretary) of Vice President Noli De Castro who served as Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers.
EDGAR DENNIS A. PADERNAL
"He has actively handled various heinous crime cases, big land cases, intra-corporate disputes and criminal cases of high government officials at the Sandiganbayan."
Born on 01 January 1959 in Iloilo City, obtained his Bachelor of Laws in 1984 at the Ateneo College of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in History-Political Science in 1980 at the De La Salle University. At the Ateneo, he was in the Dean's list of honor students, a scholar of the Ateneo University Scholarship Fund, and a Member of the Editorial Staff of the Ateneo Law Journal. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Utopia . He was admitted to the Bar in 1985.
Right after law school, Mr. Padernal worked with the Supreme Court, at the Office of the Chief Justice, Felix V. Makasiar, and then at the Office of the Court Administrator. He then worked in the Trenas Law Offices, the Acaban Corvera del Castillo Law Offices, and the Lagustan and Mabasa Law Offices. He founded the Law Offices of Mabasa Padernal & Burgos. In 1996, he joined the Litigation Department of the Ponce Enrile Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices (PECABAR) as senior associate. He became a partner of PECABAR in July 1998 until he left in March 2004 to form APP Law.
Mr. Padernal is a litigation lawyer by heart. He has actively handled various heinous crime cases, big land cases, intra-corporate disputes and criminal cases of high government officials at the Sandiganbayan. He has also handled labor cases, and administrative cases in different government agencies.
JOSE RAULITO E. PARAS
"He focuses his practice in counseling and representing private employers in their labor-management relations and employment law concerns,..."
Mr. Paras obtained his Bachelor of Laws (class valedictorian) in 1997 from the San Beda College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in 1993 from the University of the Philippines. He is a member of the UP Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity. He was admitted to the Bar in 1998 after placing 5th in the bar examinations. In 2003, he finished his Masters of Law with distinction at the Sydney University, Australia.
In 1997, Mr. Paras joined the litigation group of the Ponce Enrile Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices (PECABAR). He moved on to become the Legal Manager of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company and the Manila Mining Corporation. He concurrently served the same position for Lepanto's subsidiary companies. Thereafter, he established with his friends in law school the Quial Ginez Paras and Beltran. In March of 2004, together with his former superiors at PECABAR, he co-founded the APP Law Offices, and is now assigned to supervise all the Firm's industrial relation cases. He remains active though in the direct handling of various civil and criminal cases, either at the trial or appellate stages. He also sits in the board of several private corporations either as director or corporate secretary.
Mr. Paras is both a litigation lawyer and a labor practitioner. As a trial lawyer, he is well versed in criminal law and procedure. He prosecutes civil cases with emphasis in family and marital law, land and tenancy issues, estate and expropriation proceedings, and tort and damage actions. He further counsels and represents private employers in their labor-management relations and employment law concerns. Moreover, he has significant experience in handling administrative matters relating to public officers, mining, land reform, environment, and natural resources.
Finally, Mr. Paras is part of the legal academe having thought in a few law schools. He is also member of various law and bar associations. Further, he had been a consultant to Office of the Vice-President of the Philippines. One of the highlights of his career was when he successfully defended the only Filipino charged in the famous Subic rape case.
MARICRIS B. PAHATE
"She obtained her Bachelor of Laws (class valedictorian) from San Beda College where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the San Beda Law Journal."
Born on 04 December 1977 in Manila, obtained her Bachelor of Laws (class valedictorian) from San Beda College in 2002, and her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from the University of the Philippines in 1998. She served as the Chairperson of the SBC Bar Operations-Criminal Law Committee and Editor-in-Chief of the San Beda Law Journal. She was admitted to the Bar in 2003.
Ms. Pahate joined the Litigation Department of the Ponce Enrile Reyes and Manalastas Law Offices (PECABAR) in January 2003.
ALLELU N. DE JESUS
Born on 16 July 1984 in Bulacan, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2005. In 2009, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the same University. During her stay at the College of Law, she was an active member of the UP Women in Law and the UP Paralegal Volunteer's Organization. In 2008, she served as the Presiding Officer of the latter organization. She was also appointed as the Deputy Head for the over-all Bar Operations in 2008, after serving in the Hotel Operations and Day Operations of the UP College of Law's Bar Operations from 2005 to 2007. Ms. de Jesus practiced law as an intern at the UP Office of Legal Aid, where she actively handled civil, criminal, labor and administrative cases.
She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in April 2011.
JOSEPH L. BANGUIS
Born on 23 January 1986 in the city of Manila, he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 2009 at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Science in Legal Management at the De La Salle University Taft, Manila. He was a member of the Law School Constitutional Commission at the Ateneo Law School, a member of the Ateneo Human Rights Center and a consistent Dean's Lister
Mr. Banguis was part of the legal staff of Senator Gregorio B. Honasan Jr., from 2009 to 2010.
MA. CAROLINA P. DONSOL
Born on 15 May 1986 in Manila City, obtained her Bachelor of Laws in 2013 at San Beda College, and her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Management from the University of Santo Tomas in 2007 where she was a consistent Dean's Lister. She was a member of the UST Legal Management Society where she served as Secretary during her Junior year and Vice-President External on her Senior Year. Meanwhile, She was also the Subject Head of Conflicts of Law of the SBC Bar Operations-Civil Law Committee on the year 2011-2012.
Ms. Donsol was admitted to the Bar in 2014.
RUSKIN G. PRINCIPE
Born on November 5, 1987 in Quezon City, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree at San Beda College - Manila in 2013. He received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Legal management from De La Salle University-Manila in 2009. During his stay in Law school, he was a member of the 2011 Central Bar Operations of San Beda.
He was admitted to the Bar in 2014.
MELISSA ANTONETTE D. ANDAYA-TAY
Born on 21 October 1987 in Quezon City. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws in 2013 at San Beda College - Mendiola and her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education at De La Salle University - Manila where she was a consistent Dean's Lister. She was a member of Santugon sa Tawag ng Panahon, the premier socio-political party in DLSU, where she served as the College General and College Vice President for Santugon's College of Education. She also served as the Assistant Vice President for Logistics for the College Assembly of Education.
KARINA KIRSTIE PAOLA R. AYCO
Born on 15 April 1988 in Bohol, Ms. Ayco obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies, Minor in Hispanic Studies in the Ateneo de Manila University in 2009, where she was a constant part of the Dean's List. In 2013, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law. During her stay at the college of law, she worked as a Research Assistant and was an active member of the Bar Operations Commission. During her senior year, she interned with the UP Office of Legal Aid and the Office of the Solicitor General.
Shortly after taking the Bar, she joined the OSG as Attorney II and was thereafter appointed to the position of Associate Solicitor, the position which she held prior to joining the firm.
She was admitted to the Bar in 2014.
A. ERWIN BAUTISTA
Correspondent Counsel for the U.S.
He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999. His practice areas include Immigration, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Family Law and Income Tax Preparation. His offices are based in Los Angeles and San Diego, but he represents immigration clients all over the continental United States.
Obtained his law degree (Doctor of Jurisprudence) from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California and A.B. in Political Science from the University of the Philippines. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999. His practice areas include Immigration, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Family Law and Income Tax Preparation. His offices are based in Los Angeles and San Diego, but he represents immigration clients all over the continental United States.
Atty. Bautista was a former student leader, having been elected Chairman of the University of the Philippines, College Manila Student Council and the National Student Association of the Philippines.
Atty. Bautista also served as municipal councilor, provincial board member in the province of Nueva Ecija and assembly member of the former national legislative body Batasan Bayan. He was a member of the Committee on Revision of Laws and Election Code which drafted the Omnibus Election Code of 1985. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chamber of Commerce, National City and the South West Masonic Lodge, National City.
Atty. Bautista is a noted columnist in immigration and bankruptcy laws whose articles are published in various U.S. broadsheets and online publications.
Atty. Bautista joined the Firm in 2005 as correspondent lawyer for the United States West Coast.
RAMON JOSE F.L. GUERRERO
He has acted as legal counsel during contract negotations for a number of country's largest corporations and banks. He has also represented numerous foreign clients engaged in power generation, tourism, information technology, and other industries.
Born on June 12, 1966 in Quezon City, received his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1993. He was admitted as a member of the Philippine Bar after taking the bar examinations given that same year. As a law student, he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Ateneo Law Journal and was also in the Dean's list of honor students. He likewise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines (Diliman).
Prior to being a founding partner at APP, he was a partner at the Ponce Enrile Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices (PECABAR) where he started as an associate. As a young lawyer, he was a member of PECABAR's litigation department for many years. Thereafter, he joined its Tax and Special Projects Department which areas became his primary practice. As such, he has an in-depth knowledge of, and exposure to, a broad spectrum of corporate transactions. He has acted as legal counsel during contract negotiations for a number of the country's largest corporations and banks. He has also represented numerous foreign clients engaged in power generation, tourism, information technology, and other industries.
Aside from his corporate exposure, he also has extensive experience in the field of Intellectual Property Law, having been a member of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines (IPAP). He has acted as legal counsel in commercial litigations involving the cancellation of trademarks, enforcement of intellectual property rights, opposition to the registration of trademarks.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE JUSTICE JOSUE N. BELLOSILLO (Ret.)
JUSTICE JOSUE N. BELLOSILLO finished law at the University of the Philippines in 1957 and passed the Bar same year. Immediately went to private practice until his appointment to the Bench: Judge, CAR, Iloilo (1971-1975), CFI, Iloilo (1975-1982), CFI, Rizal (1982-1983), RTC NCJR Pasig, Metro Manila (1983-1986), Associate Justice, Intermediate Appellate Court (1986), Associate Appellate Justice, Court of Appeals (1986-1991), Court Administrator, Supreme Court (1991-1992) and Senior Justice, Supreme Court (1992-2003).
Born on 13 November 1933 in Roxas City, Justice Bellosillo completed his elementary schooling only in four (4) years with honors and graduated class valedictorian in high school. He was a graduate of The Academy of American and International Law, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A in 1981; studied in California Judicial College, Berkeley, California, U.S.A in 1985. He also studied Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 7 April 2002; and Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in the University of the East in 25 September 2003.
In 2001, Justice Bellosillo received the Grand Achievement Award for Law and Justice, The Who's Who in the Philippines Awards of Parangal ng Bayan Foundation. He was also recognized as the Most Oustanding Capiceņo in the Field of Law, a Halaran Award, in 1988; Most Oustanding Ilonggo of the Katilingban Sang Mga Ilonggo sa Pilipinas, Inc., in 1994; One of the Most Outstanding Citizens of Western Visayas, Panay News, in 1991. He was also a Fellowship Grantee of the International and Comparative Law Center in 1981; The Asia Foundation, Inc. in 1985; The United States Information Agency in 1991; and The Natural Resources Management and Development Project of Australia in 1992.
He is the author of books such as Effective Pre-Trial Technique (1990 Edition); Leave Us Alone (2003 Edition); Effective Pre-Trial Technique (2011 Edition); and he is also a co-author of several law books.
At present, Justice Bellosillo is the Vice Chairman and Corporate Counsel of PHILTRUST Bank; Dean of the CEU School of Law and Jurisprudence; Chairman of the Supreme Court Committee, Revision of the Rules on Criminal Procedure; and Managing Parter, Juris Praesidium Secundum (an MCLE provider).
Note: Justice Bellosillo retired from the Supreme Court with an outstanding record of disposing of all his cases submitted for decision, i.e. he retired with "zero backlog," a rare feat indeed!
CHIEF STATE PROSECUTOR JOVENCITO Zuņo (Ret.)
Chief State Prosecutor Zuņo retired from the Department of Justice in February 2010 capping a career that spanned 35 years in public service, 13 years of which were spent as Chief State Prosecutor. Zuņo earned his Bachelor of Arts from Lipa City Colleges in 1963 and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the East in 1972 and passed the Bar the following year.
In 1985, he started his career with the DOJ serving as State Prosecutor I. In 1997, President Fidel Ramos appointed him as Chief State Prosecutor, the post he held for 13 years, outlasting two presidents and nine justice secretaries.
During his career with the DOJ, he was recognized as an Outstanding Prosecutor by the Consumers Union of the Philippines in 1994.
Prior to that, from 1980 to 1983, he was a First Assistant City Fiscal at the Office of the City Prosecutor in Lipa City and eventually became the acting City Fiscal in 1983. He also served as a Special Counsel to the Office of the Prosecutor in Batangas City from 1975 to 1980.
Chief Prosecutor Zuņo also participated in the successful prosecution of former President Estrada for plunder in connection with insider trading in the Belle Corp. stocks; the convictions of former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez for rape-slay; Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos for rape of a minor; and, Hubert Webb and others for the Vizconde massacre.
JUSTICE BUENAVENTURA J. GUERRERO, ret. (+)
2004 - 2012
Justice Guerrero's career in government service spanned more than 40 years. He started as a City Judge in Quezon City, then a CFI Judge of Pasig, then Chairman of Third Division of the Sandiganbayan, then Chairman of the Land Transportation Commission, and finally as Senior Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals.
Born on 4 July 1934 in Ilocos Norte, obtained his Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Science in Jurisprudence in 1954, and Bachelor of Laws in 1958 both at the University of the Philippines. He pursued further legal studies at, among others, the Academy of American and International Law in Dallas, Texas, and at the Harvard Law School in Boston, Massachusetts for the 35 th program of instruction for lawyers.
Prior to joining the government service, Justice Guerrero worked in the legal department of Luzon Stevedoring Corporation. Thereafter, he served as the legal adviser/liaison officer of Mitsubishi, Soji Kaisha Ltd.
Justice Guerrero's career in government service spanned more than 40 years. He entered government service as a solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor General in 1962. In 1969, he began his judicial career as a Judge in the City Courts of Quezon City. As a City Judge, he was elected the youngest president of the City Judges Association of the Philippines. In 1971, he was promoted as a Judge of the Court of First Instance in Pasig for the province of Rizal. Justice Guerrero was the youngest Judge to hold these 2 positions.
He was then appointed to the Sandiganbayan in 1980 and later on served as Chairman of the Third Division in 1982. In 1984, he took a leave from the Sandiganbayan and was appointed as Chairman of the Land Transportation Commission until his resignation therefrom in 1986.
In 1993, he entered the Court of Appeals after joining the Regional Trial Courts of Makati in 1987. He retired as Senior Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals in 2004.
He joined APP Law as Of Counsel in 2004.
ARMANDO M. MARCELO
2004 - 2009
Mr. Marcelo has behind him years of extensive experience in litigation handling, both criminal and civil cases.
Born on 04 January 1940 in Manila, obtained his Bachelor of Laws in 1962 and his Associate of Arts degree in 1958, both at the University of the Philippines. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity. He was admitted to the Bar in 1963.
Mr. Marcelo immediately practiced law as an associate lawyer of the Arsenio R. Reyes & Associates Law Offices. After five (5) years, he became House Counsel and Corporate Secretary of various companies such as, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of the Philippines, HI Marketing Corporation, Industrial Finance Corporation, Heller Industrial Factoring Company of the Philippines, Asean Development Corporation and Philippine Fuji Xerox Corporation. He also served as Vice President and Corporate Secretary of First Malayan Leasing and Finance Corporation.
In 1983, Mr. Marcelo joined the Law Firm of Ponce Enrile Cayetano Bautista Picazzo and Reyes Law Offices (PECABAR) as a senior associate. After sometime, he was promoted to junior partner and senior partner. During his entire stay in PECABAR, Mr. Marcelo was in the Litigation and Labor Departments. While at the Litigation Department, Mr. Marcelo gained extensive experience as a litigator handling both criminal and civil cases. He became Head of the said department for years. During his stint and the firm's Labor Department, Mr. Marcelo handled labor cases which include collective bargaining negotiations. In March 2004, Mr. Marcelo together with other PECABAR lawyers formed the Andres Marcelo Padernal Guerrero & Paras Law Offices (APP Law). He is now serving as the Firm's Managing Partner.
Mr. Marcelo is also actively involved in professional and civic organizations such as, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Rizal Chapter, where he was a Director, Philippine Bar Association, the Pateros Jaycees, and the Rotary Club of Rizal West, where he was a past President.