CHR has a new chairperson

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) welcomes the appointment of Atty. Richard Paat Palpal-latoc, who will sit at the helm of the CHR Commission en banc VI as its new Chairperson.

Chairperson Palpal-latoc, 48, will serve a full seven-year term from 2022 to 2029. The term of the previous Commission ended on 5 May 2022.

His appointment paper was signed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on 15 September 2022.

CHR Executive Director, Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia, together with the rest of CHR directors from its Central and Regional Offices and other officers met with Chairperson Palpal-latoc on Tuesday, September 27 2022.

Prior to his appointment in CHR, Chairperson Palpal-latoc served as Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs under the Office of the President.

In 2020, he was appointed as Assistant City Prosecutor at the Office of the City Prosecutor in Quezon City.

Rising from the ranks, he similarly served the government in the past in various capacities, including as a lawyer at the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-A and several positions under the Office of the Ombudsman, particularly as Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer as his last position in the said office.

Chairperson Palpal-latoc also has a robust private practice career. He is a trial lawyer and partner at the Rodriguez Esquivel Palpal-latoc Law Firm.

He is an alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas—Philosophy (1995) and Bachelor of Laws (2001)—and was accepted to the Bar in 2002.

CHR looks forward to the direction of the institution under Chairperson Palpal-latoc’s leadership.

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