Leila de Lima

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Leila de Lima
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.jpg
Secretary of the Philippine Department of Justice
In office
June 30, 2010 – October 12, 2015
President Benigno Aquino III
Preceded by Alberto Agra (acting)
Succeeded by Alfredo Caguioa (acting)
Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights
In office
May 2008 – June 30, 2010
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Purificacion Quisumbing
Succeeded by Etta Rosales
Personal details
Born (1959-08-27) August 27, 1959 (age 56)
Iriga, Camarines Sur
Nationality Filipino
Political party Liberal (2015–present)
Spouse(s) Plaridel Bohol (annulled)
Alma mater De La Salle University
San Beda College
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Leila Norma Eulalia Josefa Magistrado de Lima (born August 27, 1959) is the secretary of Philippine Department of Justice under the Administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Early life[edit]

She is the eldest daughter of the former Philippine COMELEC Commissioner Vicente de Lima and Norma Magistrado. She was born and raised in Iriga City of the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. [1] She has two sons, Israel and Vincent Joshua.[1]

De Lima's aunt, Julie de Lima, married New People's Army founder Jose Maria Sison making him Leila de Lima's uncle by marriage.[2]

She graduated in 1980 from the De La Salle University with an AB History degree. She finished her Bachelor of Laws (Salutatorian) degree at the San Beda College of Law in 1985.[1] She placed 8th in the 1985 Philippine Bar Examinations with an 86.26% rating.[3]


Under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Leila de Lima was appointed Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights. When Benigno Aquino III took over, de Lima was tapped as Secretary of the Department of Justice under the President-elect's new Cabinet.

On July 2, 2010, De Lima took over the helm of the Philippine Department of Justice. In her speech, she said that "the marching orders of President Benigno Aquino III were not mere election promises...Reform is a fundamental theme of this administration: first to rid ourselves of corruption and second to shore up our competence."[4]

On August 27, 2015, de Lima assisted Isaias Samson, former Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo who was expelled by the Church due to his alleged exposé about the anomalies in the sect, in filing a case against some prominent leaders in the sect due to illegal detention, a non-bailable offense, the INC members protested at the DOJ office the next day (her 56th birthday), while some members of the INC occupied EDSA in Mandaluyong a few days later to urge De Lima to resign, and give focus to the Mamasapano Massacre where 2 members of the INC were killed.[5]


  1. ^ a b c http://www.chr.gov.ph/MAIN%20PAGES/about%20us/member%20profile/LMDL_profile.htm Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Profile
  2. ^ Joma Sison uncle
  3. ^ http://www.realitytv.nfo.ph/leila-de-lima-profile-and-picture/
  4. ^ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100702-278780/New-DoJ-chief-Get-rid-of-corruption-shore-up-competence New DoJ chief: Get rid of corruption, shore up competence
  5. ^ Gamil, Jaymee; Yee, Jovic; Quismundo, Tarra (29 August 2015). "Iglesia Ni Cristo protesters occupy Edsa". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
Preceded by
Alberto Agra
Secretary of the Department of Justice
2010 – 2015
Succeeded by
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Cesar Purisima
as Secretary of Finance
Philippine presidential line of succession
as Secretary of Justice
Proceso Alcala
as Secretary of Agriculture