Secretary of Justice (Philippines)

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Secretary of Justice
Kalihim ng Katarungan
Department of Justice (Philippines) (seal).png
Incumbent
Leila de Lima

since June 30, 2010
Appointer Benigno Aquino III
Inaugural holder Gregorio S. Araneta
Formation September 26, 1898
Website http://www.doj.gov.ph

The Secretary of Justice (Filipino: Kalihim ng Katarungan) is the member of the Cabinet of the Philippines in charge of the Department of Justice. The current Secretary is Leila De Lima.

List of Secretaries of Justice[edit]

# Name Term Began Term Ended President Period
The Department of Grace and Justice was part of Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo's 1897 Naic Assembly Cabinet,
with Severino de las Alas as the Director of Grace and Justice.
However, the position was not in Aguinaldo's Biak-na-Bato Cabinet that followed months after.
Emilio Aguinaldo[1] Katipunan revolutionary
government
Secretary of Justice Revolutionary Government
Severino de las Alas April 17, 1896 August 31, 1897
1 Gregorio S. Araneta September 1, 1897 May 29, 1899
The department was not part of Aguinaldo's Cabinet during the First Republic, inaugurated in January 1899. First Republic
Attorney General N/A American military
government
2 Florentino Torres May 29, 1899 June 4, 1901
Secretaries of Finance and Justice Insular Government
(American occupation)
Henry C. Ide September 1, 1901 June 30, 1908
Gregorio S. Araneta July 1, 1908 October 10, 1913
Victorino Mapa November 1, 1913 August 1916
Secretaries of Justice
* Victorino Mapa August 1916 June 30, 1920
Quintin B. Paredes July 1, 1920 December 15, 1921
José Abad Santos April 26, 1922 July 17, 1923
Luis P. Torres June 18, 1923 August 31, 1928
José Abad Santos September 1, 1928 June 18, 1932
Alexander A. Reyes June 19, 1932 December 31, 1932
Quirico M. Abeto January 1, 1933 July 5, 1934
3 José Yulo July 6, 1934 November 14, 1935
November 15, 1935 November 15, 1938 Manuel L. Quezon[2] Commonwealth
4 José Abad Santos December 5, 1938 July 16, 1941
5 Teofilo L. Sison July 18, 1941 November 27, 1941
Commissioners of Justice N/A Japanese military
government
José P. Laurel December 24, 1941 December 4, 1942
Teofilo L. Sison December 4, 1942 October 14, 1943
Quintin Paredes October 1943 February 1945 José P. Laurel[3] Second Republic
Secretary of Justice, Labor and Welfare Sergio Osmeña[4] Commonwealth
(in exile)
Mariano A. Eraña (acting) 1944 1945
Secretary of Justice, Agriculture and Commerce Commonwealth
(restored)
6 Delfin J. Jaranilla February 17, 1945 December 31, 1945
Secretaries of Justice
7 Ramon Quisumbing January 2, 1946 May 28, 1946
8 Roman Ozaeta May 29, 1946 July 4, 1946
July 4, 1946 April 15, 1948 Manuel Roxas[5] Third Republic
April 17, 1948 September 17, 1948 Elpidio Quirino[6]
9 Sabino B. Padilla September 19, 1948 June 30, 1949
10 Ricardo P. Nepomuceno July 1, 1949 July 25, 1950
11 Jose P. Bengzon August 29, 1950 September 23, 1951
12 Oscar Castelo January 1, 1952 August 16, 1953
13 Roberto Gianzon August 17, 1953 December 1953
14 Pedro T. Tuazon January 4, 1954 March 17, 1957 Ramon Magsaysay[7]
March 18, 1957 March 19, 1958 Carlos P. Garcia[8]
15 Jesus G. Barrera April 18, 1958 June 4, 1959
16 Enrique Fernandez June 11, 1959 July 13, 1959
17 Alejo R. Mabanag July 14, 1959 December 31, 1961
18 Jose W. Diokno January 2, 1962 May 19, 1962 Diosdado Macapagal[9]
19 Juan R. Liwag May 20, 1962 July 7, 1963
20 Salvador L. Marino July 9, 1963 December 31, 1965
21 José Yulo January 1, 1966 August 4, 1967 Ferdinand Marcos[10]
22 Claudio Teehankee, Sr. August 5, 1967 December 16, 1968
23 Juan Ponce Enrile December 17, 1968 February 7, 1970
24 Felix Makasiar February 8, 1970 August 1, 1970
25 Vicente Abad Santos August 2, 1970 January 17, 1973
Ministers of Justice
* Vicente Abad Santos January 17, 1973 January 16, 1979
26 Catalino Macaraig, Jr. January 17, 1979 July 22, 1979
27 Ricardo C. Puno July 23, 1979 June 1981
July 1981 June 30, 1984 Fourth Republic
28 Estelito P. Mendoza June 30, 1984 February 27, 1986
29 Neptali A. Gonzales February 28, 1986 March 8, 1987 Corazon Aquino[11]
Secretaries of Justice Fifth Republic
30 Sedfrey A. Ordoñez March 9, 1987 January 2, 1990
31 Franklin M. Drilon January 4, 1990 July 14, 1991
32 Silvestre H. Bello III July 15, 1991 February 10, 1992
Eduardo G. Montenegro (acting) February 10, 1992 June 30, 1992
33 Franklin Drilon July 1, 1992 February 2, 1995 Fidel Ramos[12]
34 Demetrio G. Demetria February 3, 1995 May 19, 1995
35 Teofisto T. Guingona, Jr. May 20, 1995 January 31, 1998
36 Silvestre H. Bello III February 1, 1998 June 30, 1998
37 Serafin R. Cuevas July 1, 1998 February 15, 2000 Joseph Estrada[13]
38 Artemio G. Tuquero February 16, 2000 January 23, 2001
39 Hernando B. Perez January 24, 2001 January 2, 2003 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo[14]
40 Simeon A. Datumanong January 16, 2003 December 23, 2003
41 Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez December 24, 2003 August 31, 2004
42 Raul Gonzalez September 1, 2004 September 2, 2007
Agnes Devanadera (acting) September 3, 2007 November 15, 2007
43 Raul Gonzalez November 16, 2007 January 11, 2010
44 Agnes Devanadera January 12, 2010 March 8, 2010
Alberto Agra (acting) March 10, 2010 June 30, 2010
45 Leila de Lima June 30, 2010 Present Benigno Aquino III[15]

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