MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Veteran lawyer and former Solicitor General Frank Chavez passed away Wednesday night, September 11, at the Medical City in Pasig, ABS-CBN reported Thursday, September 12. He was 66.
Quoting his daughter Ingrid, ABS-CBN said Chavez died at 10:30pm after a stroke. He had been suffering from lymphoma.
An anti-Marcos lawyer, Chavez died on the birth anniversary of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Chavez served as solicitor general under the Cory Aquino administration.
He was the founder and former chairman of the Brotherhood of Nationalistic, Involved and Free Attorneys to Combat Injustice and Oppression (BONIFACIO) under the Marcos regime, representing various human rights victims in pro bono cases.
Last year, he was nominated to the Chief Justice position vacated by dismissed Chief Justice Renato Corona.
As of early this year, he was the lawyer of Kris Aquino in the temporary protection order she filed against her ex-husband.
In 2011, he was also a candidate for Ombudsman to replace resigned Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. He withdrew from the race, saying his family “prevailed” upon him.
Chavez filed numerous cases against various public officials, the latest being a plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. – Rappler.com