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.
Real Name: Jose Manuel Icasiano Diokno
Birthdate: February 23, 1961
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Father: Jose W. Diokno (former senator)
Mother: Carmen Icasiano
*One of her siblings is Maris, former chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines
Son: Pepe Diokno (film director, producer and screenwriter)
High School: La Salle Green Hills
College: University of the Philippines
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
Chel Diokno is one of the candidates for senator of the Philippines in the coming election on May 13, 2019. He belongs to the Opposition Koalisyon (OK) group that includes the Liberal Party (LP) and Magdalo Party-list.