Hilbay formally named SolGen

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Hilbay formally named SolGen
After serving as acting solicitor general for almost a year, Florin Hilbay is now the official chief government counsel. His term ends on June 30, 2016.

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has formally appointed Acting Solicitor General Florin Hilbay as the chief government counsel.

The appointment was made on Tuesday, June 16. Hilbay has been the acting solicitor general since August 2014, replacing former Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza who was appointed Supreme Court justice.

Hilbay, a University of the Philippines (UP) graduate, topped the bar exams in 1999. Prior to his appointment as acting government counsel, he had worked at the Office of the Solicitor General as senior state solicitor. He was also an associate solicitor, as assistant to Solicitor General Simeon Marcelo.

As senior state solicitor, Hilbay defended the reproductive health (RH) law during oral arguments before the Supreme Court. He also is the principal handling lawyer for several cases of the government, including the Disbursement Acceleration Program, Priority Development Assistance Fund, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, and the Bangsamoro cases.

According to the official OSG website, Hilbay has published articles on constitutional theory, the institution of marriage, free speech, presidential immunity, and the problem of church and state. He also authored books on political law, namely Unplugging the Constitution, Handbook on Election Law, and A Primer on Impeachment.

 Hilbay’s term will end on June 30, 2016, same as President Aquino. – Rappler.com

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Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is a former multimedia reporter for Rappler. She covered media and disinformation, the Senate, the Office of the President, and politics.