Bautista, 48, is the current chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). He was active in the private sector before joining the Aquino government in September 2010.
Prior to his stint in government, he was president and chief executive of Shang Properties Inc.
Bautista is also dean of the Institute of Law at the Far Eastern University, and the Master of Business Administration-Juris Doctor dual degree program of De La Salle
Graduate School of Business and Far Eastern University.
He taught at the Lyceum University of the Philippines and the University of the Philippines.
He got his elementary up to college education from the Ateneo de Manila. He also took his Law degree from Ateneo. In 1991, he was one of the Bar topnotchers with a grade of 86.9%.
While in law school, Bautista served as judicial clerk to then-Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan. He also served as spokesman and legal counsel to Fernan, who had an unsuccessful run for vice president in 1992.
In 2005, he became a member of a consultative commission formed by then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution.
Still an active educator, Bautista also writes a weekly column for the Philippine Star.
He was nominated by the Federation of Philippine Industries, Inc. Chairman Jesus Arranza and former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr.