1997-2010



Received his Ll.B. degree from the University of the Philippines in 1995. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the same University in 1992. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal while in law school. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1996 and obtained the 4th highest ranking in the 1995 Philippine Bar Examinations. Formerly an associate lawyer with Quisumbing Torres (Baker & McKenzie), he also served as Senior Legislative Aide to the Secretary of Finance from January to March 2001 and to the Executive Secretary of the Office of the President from June to July 2001.

Relevant Experiences

  • Acted as local counsel regarding the unsolicited proposal submitted by SNC-Lavallin for the construction and operation of the extension of the current Light Rail Transit (Line 1) from Baclaran to Paranaque. Work involves review of project documents submitted by the private proponent, review of applicable laws for Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) projects, drafting of bidding documents, liaison with government agencies and providing assistance during negotiations.
  • Acted as local counsel for the Private Sector Participation (PSP) program of the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) for rural electrification. Under this project, the generation of electricity in isolated rural areas formerly provided by the state owned National Power Corporation will be opened to the private sector. Work involves review of bidding procedure and documents; coordination with regulatory authorities in the formulation of regulatory framework and policies; attending public hearings and consultations; conducting of information dissemination and public awareness campaigns; coordination with government agencies regarding compliance with public bidding procedures, government auditing standards and other appropriate laws and regulations; briefings and consultations with potential investors.
  • Acted as counsel of the Inter-Agency Committee (composed of the DOJ, DOF and NEDA) for the review of power purchase agreements (PPAs) of the National Power Corporation (NPC) with Independent Power Producers (IPP) and other matters in relation to the privatization of NPC's assets. Work included (i) review of compliance of the PPAs with the BOT Law and the applicable bidding procedures for both solicited and unsolicited projects; (ii) assisting PSALM Corporation in renegotiations with IPPs, drafting transaction documents and securing clearances/approvals from pertinent government agencies;
  • Acted as counsel for PSALM and NPC in contract negotiations with a German Transnational Energy Company and the local Philippine partner in the completion of the financial closing of an IPP project implemented under the BOT law.
  • Prepared draft Transition Supply Contracts (TSCs) for NPC and coordinating for presentation with and information-dissemination to PSALM, NPC, DOE, ECs and other distribution utilities; assisting in the organization of the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) and other requirements of the Philippine electricity spot market.
  • Acted as counsel for the inter-agency panel (composed of the DOF, DOE, NPC and PSALM) tasked to negotiate a deferred payment facility under the Service Contract awarded to the consortium for the Malampaya Project.
  • Acted as counsel for PSALM in the preparation of a generation asset for sale to interested bidders. Work included (i) initial preparation of terms of reference and bidding documents (ii) negotiations with original BOT proponent for the terms of the transfer of the IPP Contract to potential bidders..
  • Acted as counsel for the DOE through the LPG Industry Task Force for the drafting of proposed comprehensive legislation for the rationalization of the Philippine Liquified Petroleum Gas Industry.
  • Acted as counsel for the Philippine subsidiary of Vivendi in the preparation of a bid conducted under the BOT Law for the solid waste concession for Metro Manila. Work included preparation of the bid submissions and participation in conferences with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for bid clarifications and opening of bids.
  • Acted as counsel for a Philippine consortium for the operation of a leisure project featuring a racecourse concession. Work included liaison with the Philippine House of Representatives and the Philippine Senate regarding the drafting and passage of a congressional franchise.
  • Acted as lead counsel in the development of the Capital Place Project, a joint venture between Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation (FBDC) and the Social Security System to develop a mixed-use retail, business and residential project. The project also included negotiations for the relocation of the Philippine Stock Exchange to the Fort Bonifacio Global City. Work included review of filings with the SEC, BIR and HLURB; review of all contracts for architectural, engineering and contractors. Estimated project costs were PHP 6-8 Billion.
  • Acted as lead counsel in the development of the Capital Place Project, a joint venture between FBDC and the Social Security System to develop a mixed-use retail, business and residential project. The project also included negotiations for the relocation of the Philippine Stock Exchange to the Fort Bonifacio Global City. Work included review of filings with the SEC, BIR and HLURB; review of all contracts for architectural, engineering and contractors. Estimated project costs were PHP 6-8 Billion.
  • Acted as counsel in drafting of sales agreements.
  • Acted as counsel in the incorporation of the Bonifacio Global City Estate Association (BGCEA), composed of all lot owners within the Fort Bonifacio Global City.