Hon. Manuel Lim
Born in Bautista, Pangasinan on 6 August 1899, Manuel Lim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo de Manila where he graduated as valedictorian in 1917. He obtained his law degree in the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1921. He ranked second in the 1921 bar examinations. He received his Master of Laws degree in 1936 from the University of Santo Tomas.
While serving under President Quezon, he became consultant on the reorganization of the judiciary from 1935 to 1938. Under Commonwealth Government of President Sergio Osmena Sr., he was deputy military governor of Cavite. He then became provincial military governor in 1945. Under President Manuel Roxas, he was a member of the national reorganization committee, (1946-1947), associate justice of the Court of Appeals (1946-1947), temporary associate justice of the Supreme Court (1947) undersecretary of Justice (1947-1948), Solicitor General (1947-1948), and head of special prosecutors of the People’s Court (1947-1948). Under President Carlos P. Garcia, he was appointed Secretary of Education (1957-1959), and Secretary of Commerce and Industry (1960-1962). He was also acting president of the Philippine National Bank in 1960. He continued as Secretary of Commerce and Industry under President Diosdado Macapagal. He was a reserve colonel in the Judge Advocate General Service of the Philippine Army and was a lieutenant colonel of the Fil-American Cavite Guerrilla Forces. He was also chief of the Prosecution Division (war crimes, legal section, Manila) having been appointed by US General Douglas McArthur in 1946.
Manuel Lim was married to Emilia Quintos with whom he had seven children.