New DOJ chief: Follow through of predecessor

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 02 2016 09:37 AM

MANILA - He only has five months as Secretary of Justice, in acting capacity, which is why Atty. Emmanuel Caparas made it clear during his first news conference as justice chief that his stint will be a follow through of what his predecessor, now Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, has initiated.

Caguioa's plans and programs are not new to Caparas because they joined the Department of Justice (DOJ) with merely weeks apart in 2015, with Caparas appointed then as Undersecretary and designated as official spokesperson of the DOJ.

Caparas believes he was chosen by President Aquino to replace Caguioa, not merely because he was a former classmate of the president, but because of his credentials.

Caparas finished elementary and high school at the Ateneo de Manila University, and his college (Bachelor of Arts in Economics) and law degrees at the University of the Philippines.

He was admitted to the Philippine Bar on May 30, 1986. In July up to September of that year, he served as research attorney for Former Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion in the Philippine Constitutional Commission of 1986.

On September 16, 1986, he joined the Supreme Court (SC) as senior law clerk at the chambers of Associate Justice Florentino Feliciano. He also served then as administrative consultant of the SC library, and special assistant of the high court's Computerization Committee.

Caparas moved to private practice from November 1989 up to January 1994, joining the Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law Offices where his areas of practice were civil, criminal and family law litigation, arbitration, corporation law, and banking and finance.

He founded CD Technologies Asia, Inc., a company involved in electronic legal publishing, computer-aided research systems development, and database design and creation, in 1994. He served as its president, chief executive officer, and chairman up to 2006.

In 1997, he founded CD Asia's Annex, Inc, an interactive digital media tools development and website design and development firm.

From 2002 up to 2003, he was hired IT consultant of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), and IT consultant of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel from 2006 up to 2008.

It was also in 2006 when he co-founded Symferon KMR, Inc. (Philippines) and Symferon Knowledge Management Pte Ltd. (Singapore).

Caparas returned to the SC in March 2008 as its Management Information Systems Office chief up to May 2011.

In 2011, he assumed as member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Waterworkss and Sewerage System (MWSS), its acting chief regulator from November 2012 up to June 2014, and management consultant of the Office of the Administrator from June to September 2011.

Given such a short time to as Justice Acting Secretary, Caparas said he will focus more on "institutional reforms" and "improve the processes to get things done faster."

Caparas has one child, Juan Alfonso, now twenty-three years old.