President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed erstwhile Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Alfredo Benjamin Caguiao as new Supreme Court Associate Justice replacing former SC Associate Justice Martin Villarama, who took an early optional retirement. According to his profile posted on the DOJ website, Caguioa is “a seasoned, well-respected and highly regarded litigation practitioner with 25 years experience in commercial, civil and criminal litigation before courts of all levels. Has had extensive exposure to the criminal justice system, and actively practiced before the different levels of the prosecutorial system, and acted as private prosecutor or defense counsel before the regular courts and the Sandiganbayan. Teacher and resource lecturer, builder of teams, and seeks to be an inspiration to young lawyers.”
Caguioa was also a classmate of President Aquino at the Ateneo de Manila University and served as Chief Presidential legal counsel.
Below is the interview of Secretary Caguioa before the Judicial Bar Council (from the Supreme Court Public Information Office Youtube page):