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Atty.
Chel
Diokno

ANG Boses ng katarungan

 
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Atty. Chel was 11 years old when he witnessed injustice for the first time.

His father, Sen. Jose W. Diokno, was arrested by the Marcos regime and imprisoned for two years without having been charged of a single crime. For Chel, his siblings, and their mother Nena, this experience changed their life.

Prior to this, the Diokno family lived a comfortable life. Jose W. Diokno, who was a Bar and CPA topnotcher, had an illustrious career as a lawyer, Secretary of Justice, and Senator. He excelled as Chair of the Senate Economic Affairs Committee, and was consistently voted outstanding Senator.

Sen. Diokno was imprisoned for two years at the Maximum Security Compound of Fort Bonifacio, and he spent one month in solitary confinement at Fort Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija. His wife Nena and their children had to endure the loss of their breadwinner, and were even subjected to invasive searches whenever they visited him.

After his release from prison, Sen. Diokno dedicated his life to fighting for freedom and democracy, and helping the oppressed.

  The Diokno family in 1962:  Clockwise, from left: Popoy, their mother Nena, Chel, Sen. Diokno, Mench, Pat, Maris, Mike, Cookie, and Maitet.

The Diokno family in 1962: Clockwise, from left: Popoy, their mother Nena, Chel, Sen. Diokno, Mench, Pat, Maris, Mike, Cookie, and Maitet.

  The Diokno family in 1974, after Sen. Diokno was released from detention.  Clockwise, from left: Pat, Cookie, Maitet, Maris, Nena, a weary Sen. Diokno, Mike, Chel, Martin, and Maia.

The Diokno family in 1974, after Sen. Diokno was released from detention. Clockwise, from left: Pat, Cookie, Maitet, Maris, Nena, a weary Sen. Diokno, Mike, Chel, Martin, and Maia.

 
We must view public office as a way to serve the people, not to profit at their expense.
— Sen. Jose W. Diokno
 
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Despite the hardship of Martial Law, Chel excelled in his studies.

 
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High school

He graduated high school with honors, was president of the La Salle Green Hills student council, and a Gerardo Roxas Leadership Awardee

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College

At U.P. Diliman, where he earned a degree in Philosophy, he was an honorary member of the Creative Writing Center.

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Juris Doctor of Laws

He graduated Juris Doctor of Laws, magna cum laude at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the U.S., was a member of the NIU Law Review, received the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the Study of Contracts.

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bAR

He passed the Bar both in the State of Illinois and in the Philippines, and chose to serve in his country.

 
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As an educator, Atty. Chel shares his knowledge of law and justice.

Atty. Chel is founding Dean of the De La Salle University (DLSU) College of Law, which highlights human rights and legal aid as an integral component of the curriculum. With the Diokno Law Center, Chel has conducted trainings for lawyers, government offices, private organizations, universities, and schools. He has also written three books on law. 

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We cannot sit still while others mount a total war against humanity. We cannot remain silent in the face of injustice. Let’s see peace reign in our land. Lahat ay dapat bigyan ng katarungan.
— Atty. Chel Diokno
 
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