Hon. Simeon V. Marcelo
February 16, 2001 – October 16, 2002
Simeon Marcelo attended the Maria Assumpta Seminary at Cabanatuan City for his secondary education and graduated as class valedictorian in 1970. The following year, he joined the San Jose Seminary and was First Honor of his class.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University where he graduated with honors in 1974. He enrolled in the University of the Philippines where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree and was among the top ten of the graduating class of 1979. While enrolled at the University of the Philippines, he was a recipient of the Crispin Llamado Scholarship Award. Further, he was a member of the Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society and the Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society. He later placed fifth (with a rating of 89.9%) in the 1979 bar examinations. Before he entered the government service in February 2001, he practiced law, specializing in intra-corporate disputes, bank fraud, corporate restructuring and recovery, arbitration/alternative dispute resolution, and election law.
He served as private prosecutor during the impeachment proceedings against former President Joseph Estrada. Thereafter, he was appointed Solicitor General occupying the said position from February 15, 2001 to October 15, 2002 During his term as Solicitor General, Ombudsman Marcelo successfully handled before the Supreme Court the recovery of the Marcos ill-gotten wealth worth US$680 Million. The decision in this case constitutes the first final ruling ever rendered finding the Marcoses to have acquired ill-gotten wealth and forfeiting the same in favor of the government. Then Solicitor General Marcelo also successfully handled before the Supreme Court other major cases, including those involving the constitutionality of the Plunder Law and the multi-billion peso coconut levy.
In October 2002, he was appointed as the Ombudsman, the youngest person ever appointed to said position.