Ex- SolGen Chavez laid to rest

Former Solicitor General Frank Chavez was laid to rest yesterday, September 15 at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City after he succumbed to stroke on Wednesday, Sept. 18, evening. He was 66. According to reports, he has been confined at The Medical City in Pasig City since July after undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Chavez was the youngest Solicitor General in the history when he was appointed by then President Corazon Aquino at age 39 in 1986. He founded the Brotherhood of Nationalistic, Involved and Free Attorneys to combat Injustice and Oppression (Bonifacio), which gave free legal assistance to victims and families of human rights violation. While he was nominated to the position of Chief Justice and Ombudsman, he was unsuccessful in his senatorial bid, twice. He had handled celebrated cases, including corruption and maladministration involving government officials, as he remained active in the human rights and ill-gotten wealth cases against former President Ferdinand Marcos He Field a plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the alleged misuse of funds of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, however, it was dismissed by the ombudsman for lack of evidence. He also filed a disqualification case against convicted plunderer, former President Joseph Estrada. The case is still pending with the Supreme Court. He was born in Bateria Sagay City, Negros Occidental. He graduated High School Salutatorian at the University of Negros Occidental in 1962. He graduated summa cum laude in 1967 at the West Negros University, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in English, While he graduated cum laude in Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines in 1967.

(Watchmen Daily Journal, September 16,20)