Sergio Apostol

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Sergio Apostol
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Leyte's 2nd District
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 30, 2010
Preceded by Trinidad G. Apostol
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 2001
Preceded by Manuel L. Horca, Jr.
Succeeded by Trinidad G. Apostol
Personal details
Born Sergio Antonio Figueroa Apostol
(1935-01-17) January 17, 1935 (age 79)
Catbalogan, Samar, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Liberal Party (Philippines)
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholicism

Sergio Apostol (born on January 17, 1935) is a Filipino politician.

Apostol, a Roman Catholic, graduated from the Ateneo Law School and was a member of the Ateneo Law Journal. He passed the Philippine Bar exams in 1958, finishing 7th. He was the City Fiscal for Quezon City, Regional Trial Court Judge, Philippine Congressman for the 2nd District of Leyte, Chairman and CEO of PNOC and Cabinet Secretary.

In 2008, Sergio Apostol was Chief Presidential Legal Counsel for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. On October 8, 2008, Eduardo Ermita confirmed Apostol's resignation, effective October 30, to prepare for his candidacy, for Leyte congressional seat, in the Philippine general election, 2010. Apostol is a member of the board of Union Bank and the legal consultant of the SSS’ Social Security Commission (SSC).[1] After winning his district's seat as a Lakas-CMD party candidate of Arroyo, Apostol switched allegiance to the Liberal party of Benigno Aquino, the winner of the 2010 Presidential election.[2]

Controversy[edit]

As Arroyo's Presidential Legal Counsel, Apostol engineered the pardon of Joseph "Erap" Estrada. The Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo government thought of an amnesty for Estrada in hope of "reconciling with the opposition" and "unifying the country."[3][4]


Apostol defended the Arroyo family in the ZTE scandal, where First Gentleman Mike Arroyo was alleged to have taken kickbacks from a multibillion peso contract. Arroyo subsequently canceled the contract, and Apostol said this cancellation was sufficient for not making any more information public “Since [the contract was] canceled, there was nothing to be made public…. “the Philippine Senate was “wasting the people's money by proceeding with its investigations.” [5][5][6]

In February 2008 Apostol threatened to expel ZTE whistleblower Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada from the country. "He is a crying witness like a crying lady. Di ba sabi niya ‘probinsyanong Iintsik?’ Intsik pala siya eh. Kung ako ipapa-deport ko na ‘yan. Magulo ka dito,” said chief presidential legal adviser Sergio Apostol. (He is a crying witness like a crying lady. Did he not say he is a Chinese from the provinces? So he’s a Chinese. If it were for me I’ll have him deported. He’s unruly here.)" [7] The Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Activist Teresita Ang-See, Senator Mar Roxas, and many others called for Apostol to apologize for his racial slurs against the Chinese and Filipino-Chinese.[8][9] Apostol subsequently issued an apology, saying "This refers to my statement uttered in an emotional outburst in reaction to Mr. Jun Lozada's implication of the First Gentleman to an alleged crime based on what is, at best, hearsay evidence. Be that as it may, I sincerely apologize to our hardworking and law- abiding Filipino Chinese who may have been offended by my unintended slur."[10]

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