Hon. Sedfrey A. Ordoñez
1986 - 1987
Raised in the ruraltown of Laur, Nueva Ecija, Sedfrey Ordonez started his schooling in the public schools and worked variously as a farm and errand boy, bus conductor, tailor’s apprentice, and caddie in Cabanatuan. (Ordonez, Sedfrey: “Life Cycle: 50 Years in Law and Letters”; 1999.)
He went to the University of the Philippines to pursue his studies in Liberal Arts. He was a law student in the University of the Philippines in 1941 but the outbreak of the Second World War and the subsequent occupation of the Philippines by Japan interrupted his law studies. He then went to the Far Eastern University and the Manuel L. Quezon University to continue his law studies. He earned his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1948. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1949, and in 1954 obtained his Masters of Law degree from the Ateneo University.
His law practice after admission to the Philippine Bar dealt extensively with human rights advocacy. In February of 1986, he was appointed Solicitor General. He served as Secretary of Justice from March 9, 1987 to January 2, 1990. He was appointed Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in 1990. On December 1, 1992 he was appointed chairman of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights. He is the author of three books of poetry and plays, and has been conferred three honorary degrees.