Chel Diokno Biography

Chel Diokno is a Filipino lawyer and politician. He is the eighth of ten children by Senator Jose W. Diokno and his wife Carmen Icasiano.

Chel Diokno
Chel Diokno (Credit: Facebook Page)

Personal Information
Real Name: Jose Manuel Icasiano Diokno
Nickname: Chel
Birthdate: February 23, 1961
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Father: Jose W. Diokno (former senator)
Mother: Carmen Icasiano
Siblings: 9
*One of her siblings is Maris, former chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines
Son: Pepe Diokno (film director, producer and screenwriter)
Profession: Lawyer

Educational Attainment
High School: La Salle Green Hills
College: University of the Philippines
Course: Philosophy
Graduate School: Northern Illinois University (NIU)
Course: Juris Doctor of Laws, magna cum laude (1986)

Career and Achievements
*Chairman, Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) — the Philippines’ oldest and largest group of human rights lawyers.
*Served on the Commission on Human Rights under Presidents Cory Aquino and Fidel V. Ramos
*Member of the Committee on Human Rights and Due Process at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)
*Prosecutor, impeachment of President Joseph Estrada
*Lead lawyer in various notable cases such as 1995 Kuratong Baleleng rubout case, Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada the whistleblow of NBN/ZTE case, Raymond and Reynaldo Manalo case, and the media case against President Arroyo.
*General Counsel of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (the Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigation) in 2001
*Special Counsel of the Development Bank of the Philippines in 2004
*Founder, Diokno Law Center (2006)
*Founding Dean, De La Salle University College of Law since 2009
*Author of two law books

Political Career

Chel Diokno was a candidate for senator of the Philippines in the election on May 13, 2019. He belonged to the Opposition Koalisyon (OK) group that includes the Liberal Party (LP) and Magdalo Party-list. However, he failed to win.

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