Joseph Emilio Abaya

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Joseph Emilio Abaya
Secretary of Transportation and Communications
In office
October 18, 2012 – June 30, 2016
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byMar Roxas
Succeeded byArthur Tugade
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Cavite's 2nd District
In office
June 30, 2004 – October 18, 2012
Preceded byPlaridel Abaya
Succeeded byFrancis Gerard Abaya
Personal details
Born (1966-05-28) May 28, 1966 (age 53)
Cavite, Philippines
Political partyLiberal Party (Philippines)
Spouse(s)Dr. Rowena Abesamis
ChildrenEmilio Francisco, Iñigo Jose, Felicia Maria Antonella, Veanna Ruffa, and Elonora.
Alma materCornell University
United States Naval Academy
University of the Philippines Diliman
Ateneo de Manila University

Joseph Emilio "Jun" Aguinaldo Abaya (born May 28, 1966) is a Filipino politician, lawyer, and military officer. He was the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) of the Philippines under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. A member of the Liberal Party, he has been elected to three terms as a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, representing the 1st District of Cavite. He first won election to the House in 2004, and was re-elected in 2007. He and other Aquino administration officials have been charged over the alleged anomalous contracts for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) during their time.

Early life[edit]

Jun, as he is commonly called, is the great grandson of the first Philippine president, Emilio Aguinaldo, and the descendant of Isabelo Abaya, the revolutionary hero and founding father of Candon, Ilocos Sur. He is also the second son of the three-term Congressman Plaridel M. Abaya.


Jun finished his elementary education at the Basic Education Unit of the De La Salle University in 1979. During his secondary schooling, he was a consistent honor student at the Philippine Science High School Main Campus, and he became a university and college scholar of the University of the Philippines where he took his engineering studies. After a year in UP, Jun took and topped the entrance examination for the Philippine Military Academy that he was sent by the government to the US Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics (1988) with distinction of being a consistent Dean's Lister in all the semesters he was there. Jun then proceeded to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and completed a master's degree in electrical engineering (1989 – he was also a fellowship awardee).

He thought it fit to prepare himself further as a lawmaker that he studied law. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the law school of Ateneo de Manila University in April 2005. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2007.

Career history[edit]

Prior to representing the first district of Cavite to the House of Representatives in 2004, he first served in the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a cadet (1984–1988) and as a naval officer of the Philippine Navy (1988–2004).

He ran for congressman in 2004 and won against Jeffrey Sescon Uy and represented the 1st District of Cavite to the 13th Congress of the Philippines. He was re-elected in the 2007 elections. During the 14th Congress, he was chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology. He was also co-chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Science and Technology and Engineering with Sen. Edgardo Angara.

During the 15th Congress (2010) and on his last term, he serves as the chairman of House Committee on Appropriations.

In 2009, he among with fellow representatives of Cavite -- Elpidio Barzaga, Jr. and Jesus Crispin Remulla—authored the biggest congressional reapportionment in the history of the Philippines by passing Republic Act No. 9727, unofficially titled The Cavite Congressional Reapportionment Act of 2009, bringing the representatives of Cavite from three to seven.


He was the vice president of PMA Maringal Class of 1988 and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Friends of Aguinaldo Shrine.


  • "Member Information: Joseph Emilio A. Abaya". House of Representatives of the Philippines. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2008.
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Plaridel Abaya
Member of the House of Representatives
from Cavite's 1st district

Succeeded by
Francis Abaya
Political offices
Preceded by
Mar Roxas
Secretary of Transportation and Communications
Succeeded by
Arthur Tugade