Leila de Lima

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Leila de Lima
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Secretary of the Philippine Department of Justice
Assumed office
June 30, 2010
President Benigno Aquino III
Preceded by Alberto Agra
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)
Nationality Filipino
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Plaridel Bohol (annulled)
Alma mater De La Salle University
San Beda College
Profession Lawyer, Cabinet Secretary
Religion Roman Catholic

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

Personal Background[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]

Educational Background[edit]

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.[2]

Commission on Human Rights[edit]

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.

Secretary of Justice[edit]

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."[3]

See also[edit]


Preceded by
Alberto Agra
Philippine Justice Secretary
2010 – Present
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