LEYTE Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez led Monday night at the Manila Golf and Country Club, Makati City the induction of new regular members of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) who committed to actively participate in the planned Charter change (Cha-cha).
Romualdez, a registered nurse and a former Binibining Pilipinas International 1996, is the wife of Philconsa president Martin Romualdez, former House independent bloc leader and ex-Leyte congressman.
“I am deeply honored to be part of Philconsa which is the largest and oldest association of legal luminaries in the country,” said Yedda Marie, who was joined in the induction by other new members: Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna, Atty. Ferdinand Richard Michael Marcos Manotoc, Dra. Catherine Padua Villanueva, Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Divina Grace Yu, Aangat Tayo party-list Rep. Harlin Niel Abayon, and Southern Leyte Rep. Roger “Oging” Mercado.
Former Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera introduced the new inductees who took their oath before Martin Romualdez and former Chief Justice Reynato Puno.
Tugna, a lawyer who is a former House Deputy Majority Leader in the recently-concluded 16th Congress, is now the chairman of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms in the 17th Congress.
Manotoc, who works as junior associate at the Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law Firm, is the grandson of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos.
He is the son of Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and former basketball coach Tommy Manotoc. He graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law and passed the 2013 Bar exams on his first try.
Devanadera described Manotoc as a “very young man and young lawyer” who was “loved by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG)” where he took his internship.
She said that Manotoc is a “very humble person in his simple ways, but a great man and very ethical” for working professionally with the OSG people who are handling the cases against his family.
In jest, Devanadera thought that Manotoc would work for the OSG after passing the bar exams.
“Next time, we have not given up [for you to work at OSG],” said Devanadera.