Hon. Raul I. Goco
August 11, 1992 – September 22, 1996
Born in Manila, Raul Goco completed his high school, pre-law and bachelors of law degree in the Ateneo de Manila University. He became a member of the Philippine Bar in 1955, and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1987. He took post-graduate studies at Far Eastern University in Manila and Special Studies at the Academy of American and International Law in Dallas, Texas, and was at the same time a government scholar to the United States.
After a short stint in private practice, he joined the Department of Justice and was assigned to a unit that handled agrarian disputes. He worked in the Department of Justice from 1957-1961 and later served as solicitor from 1961-1971. After serving in the office of the solicitor general, he organized his own law office and was later elected governor of the then newly organized Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). As governor of the IBP, he sought the admission of the IBP into the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) in 1973. He served as IBP Charter Governor from 1973-1975. He was unanimously elected president of the LAWASIA in 1983 – the first and to date the only Filipino to have been elected to such a position. He was appointed Solicitor General on August 6, 1992 and served in the said office until 1996. He was a recipient of the Dean Robert G. Storey Award for International Leadership in 1996.
Raul Goco is married to Marietta Primicias with whom he has five children.