Women at Law: Famous Female Attorneys in the Philippines

Nowadays, it’s just normal to see women attorneys in the Philippines and some of them are even at the top ranking position. Gender issues still remain as a topic of argument but there have been drastic changes in the way our country sees women. We have already seen 2 women sit at the highest governing power in the Philippines. One of which has become the symbol of hope after toppling down a tyrannical leader. In the 2016 election, there were two women who aimed for Presidency. And when you look all around you, you will find female professionals doing well in their chosen careers.

For years, politics and law in the Philippines have been worlds that are exclusive for men.  Before we even had contact with Europe, women were only taught at home and it isn’t up until when Spain lost in the Spanish-American War in 1989 that women were allowed to become professionals. Before 1937, women aren’t even allowed to vote. But now, things have changed a lot. The following are just some of the prominent & well-known women attorneys in the Philippines that serve as proof on how the role of women has changed in our country:

Leni Robredo – is the 14th and current vice president of the Philippines. Prior to her current position, the vice president has served a Member of the House of the Representative for the 3rd District of Camarines Sur. Robredo took her law class from University of Nueva Caceres and graduated in 1992.

Maria Lourdes Sereno – is the 24th and current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. She has become the first woman to lead the judiciary.  The Chief Justice graduated as valedictorian in law class in the University of the Philippines in 1984.

Pia Cayetano – is the youngest woman senator that been elected in the Philippines. Her experience as an attorney and in public service has led her to where she is right now. The senator is also a known advocate of women and children’s right. She finished her law studies in the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1991.

Teresita de Castro – is an Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court. Before being appointed to the High Court, the Associate Justice has served as the Presiding Justice of the Sandinganbayan.  De Castro finished her AB Political Science course in the University of the Philippines as a cum laude in 1968. She later finished law in the same school in 1972.

Estela Bernabe—is also an Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court. Prior to her appointment in 2011, Bernabe had served as a Regional Trial Court Judge of Makati City. She is married to Atty. Ricardo C. Bernabe, Jr. 

Sara Duterte – more popularly known as Inday Sara, is the incumbent Mayor of Davao City and Daughter of the current President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Mayor Duterte is married to another a fellow lawyer, Manases "Mans" R. Carpio

If you will look closely at this short list of famous female attorneys in Philippines you will realize that time has truly veered away from how society looks at women. We know that these women will continue to uplift not just status of women but the interest of the Filipinos in general.

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