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SEC. JOHN R. CASTRICIONES

Secretary

Department of Agrarian Reform

 

Secretary John Rualo Castriciones graduated as Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the then Trinity College of Quezon City, now Trinity University of Asia. He studied in the Philippine Military Academy and is a member of PMA Maharlika Class 1984 before studying law in San Beda College of Law and Arellano Law School, where he was a consistent Dean’s Lister. After passing the bar exams in 1990, he pursued further studies and obtained a Master’s degree in Comparative Government and International Law from the prestigious Notre Dame University in London Law Centre, UK. His masteral thesis, “The Viability and Wisdom of Adopting the Jury System in the Philippine Legal System” earned him a Grade A, which was consequently published in the Arellano Policy Review.

Secretary John is also a tenured professor of law and the social sciences. Apart from teaching subjects in Xavier School Greenhills for five years, and lecturing to police officers in Philippine Public Safety College, Secretary Castriciones also taught several law subjects in Arellano Law School for more than nine years, including Corporate Law, Obligations and Contracts, Sales, Investment law, Legal Ethics, Public and Private International Law, and Criminal Procedure. He was also an MCLE lecturer for 3 years, for subjects in International Law, Arbitration Law, and Adoption Law, among others.

Moreover, Secretary John has authored several books such as: Internal Revolution: Political Vengeance and Social Perdition, endorsed by Bishop Roderick Pabillo and Fr. Ted Gonzales, published in 2011; A Risen Catholic Christian Soldier, endorsed by the late Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, published 1998; Philippine Military Academy Hazing Case: A General’s Son Dies, published in 1990; and Sagutin Natin, endorsed by the late Msgr. Cesar F. Solomon and Bishop Pelayo of the military diocese. For more than 23 years, Secretary John was an active law

practitioner who appeared in inferior and superior courts throughout the country. During this period, he also served as legal counsel for several corporations and top government officials in controversial and precedent-setting cases.

Moreover, Secretary John has authored several books such as: Internal Revolution: Political Vengeance and Social Perdition, endorsed by Bishop Roderick Pabillo and Fr. Ted Gonzales, published in 2011; A Risen Catholic Christian Soldier, endorsed by the late Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, published 1998; Philippine Military Academy Hazing Case: A General’s Son Dies, published in 1990; and Sagutin Natin, endorsed by the late Msgr. Cesar F. Solomon and Bishop Pelayo of the military diocese. For more than 23 years, Secretary John was an active law practitioner who appeared in inferior and superior courts throughout the country. During this period, he also served as legal counsel for several corporations and top government officials in controversial and precedent-setting cases.

In 2009, Secretary John served as director for Investigation, Security, and Law Enforcement Service (ISLES) of the Department of Transportation and Communication, and as assistant spokesman and deputy chairman of Gabay sa Tagapagligtas sa Karagatan. In the beginning of the current administration, he served as Undersecretary for Operations for the Department of Interior and Local Government until his recent appointment. At present, Department of Agricultural Reform Secretary Castriciones is the national president of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC), spokesperson for Marco Polo 15 (the group that convinced then Mayor Duterte to run for the presidency), and founding senior partner of the Castriciones Legal Consultancy, where his children, who are also lawyers, practice their profession.

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