Hon. Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura
April 3, 2006 – February 11, 2007
Born in Catbalogan, Samar, on 13 June 1941 to Cirilo Maga Nachura and Florencia Bermejo, Antonio Nachura started his schooling at the Catbalogan Elementary School and was valedictorian in Samar High School. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in English from Samar College, and was subsequently admitted to San Beda College of Law where he graduated First Honorable Mention in 1967. He placed seventh in the Bar exams of that year. He also earned his Doctor of Public Management from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
He was named Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Government Service Insurance System in 1983 serving until 1985. A year later, he was appointed President and General Manager of the Grains Insurance Agency Corporation. In 1993, he was appointed by President Fidel V. Ramos as Commissioner of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board. He was the Dean of the Arellano Law School from 1992 to 1994. He resigned as Dean in 1994 to accept an appointment as Undersecretary of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports.
In the 1998 and 2001 elections, the people of Samar sent him to Congress. He was elected Chairman of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education in his first term, and Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments in his second term. Together with now Senator Joker Arroyo and former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, he served in the House Prosecution Panel that prosecuted then President Joseph Estrada. After serving in Congress, he was appointed to the Cabinet by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, and later on as Solicitor General. In the OSG, he instituted numerous reforms that expanded the office from 15 to 17 legal divisions, and caused the filing and passage of a bill strengthening the OSG as the principal law office of the government and as “Tribune of the People.” During his watch, the OSG successfully recovered for the government millions of pesos in ill-gotten wealth.
Antonio Nachura took his oath of office as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on February 7, 2007. He is married to Conchita Sison.