Hon. Juan R. Liwag
1952 - 1954
Born in Gapan, Nueva Ecija on 12 June 1906 to Diego Liwag and Isabel Ramos, Juan Liwag finished his elementary schooling as valedictorian at the Gapan Intermediate School. Pursuing his studies at the University of the Philippines, he graduated from high school, again as valedictorian, and subsequently hurdled the Liberal Arts course with honors. In 1932, he completed his law course at the University of the Philippines College of Law, cum laude, and placed second in the 1932 Bar examinations. (Valenzuela, Rodrigo: “Know Them – A Book of Biographies; p. 102-103, 1966.)
He started his government service in 1945 as prosecutor in the department of justice. He was named Judge-at-Large of the Court of First Instance four years later. In 1950, he was appointed District Judge for Albay and Catanduanes. In 1952, he was appointed Solicitor- General, a position he held until 1954. In 1961, he was appointed Undersecretary of Justice. He became Secretary of Justice on May 19 of the same year. (Valenzuela, Rodrigo: “Know Them – A Book of Biographies; p. 102-103, 1966.) He was elected Senator in 1963 and served up to 1969.
Juan Liwag was married to Consuelo Joson with whom he had four children.