Duterte purges Lex Talionis brods in DOJ. Find out their replacements

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President Duterte has accepted the courtesy resignations of Justice undersecretaries Raymund Mecate, Erickson Balmes, Reynante Orceo, and assistant secretary Juvy Manwong.

Mecate, Balmes, and Orceo were fraternity brothers of President Duterte at the Lex Talionis. They were brought in by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to the DoJ.

Upon the recomendation of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the President appointed lawyers Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Adrian Sugay, Mark Perete, and Neal Vincent Bainto.

Villar, wife of Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, finished her law degree from the University of the Philippines in 2006 (Order of the Purple Feather Honors Society). She was a former member of the House of Representatives as party-list lawmaker representing the labor sector.

Sugay took up law at the Ateneo de Manila University. Prior to his appointment, he was an active litigation lawyer, and was once a partner at the De Borja Medialdea Bello Guevarra and Serapio Law Offices.

Perete worker as legal counsel in multi-national companies and taught law in various schools. At one time, he was a technical assistant with the rank of assistant secretary of legal affairs at the Office of the President.

Bainto obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. Prior to his appointment, he was a senior associate at the Villaraza and Angangco Law Offices.

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