Neri Colmenares is a Filipino lawyer and politician. He served as congressman who won as a nominee of Bayan Muna Partylist.
Atty. Neri Colmenares has announced that he is running again for senator in the 2022 national election.
In the 2019 and 2016 elections, he ran for senator under the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) Party of the Philippines but lost.
Complete Name –> Neri Javier Colmenares
Nickname –> Neri
Birthdate –> December 4, 1959 (age 60 years)
Birthplace –> Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Trivia –> Neri is a nephew of actress Angel Locsin.
College – San Beda College
Degree – Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Law School – University of the Philippines
Graduate (Masters) –
Graduate (PhD) – Asian Law Centre at Melbourne Law School, Australia
Political Career / Work Experiences
2019 – Ran for Senator but lost
2016 – Ran for Senator but lost
2009-2016 – Partylist Congressman representing Bayan Muna
Achievements and Awards
Neri Colmenares is an accomplished lawyer who handled high-profile cases such as the impeachment cases of Renato Corona, Ombudsman Merci Gutierrez, and President Gloria Arroyo, constitutionality of Executive Order 464, Emergency Rule Proclamation 1017, and the Visiting Forces Agreement in the light of the Subic Rape Case.
As a congressman, Neri Colmenares authored several laws including Special Election Precincts for PWDs and senior citizens (RA 10633), the law allowing media to vote before election day (RA 10380), Reparation Law for human rights victims during Martial Law (RA 10368), Anti-Torture Law (RA 9745), Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law (RA 10353), and Republic Act No. 10639 or Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Law.
* Protection of and Respect for Human Rights
Scandals and Controversies
Neri is accused as a communist but he denied being one. He says not all leftists are communists.