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Pilo Hilbay#37

PARTY Aksyon Demokratiko (AKSYON) Lawyer, professor, bar topnotcher, and former Solicitor General from Tondo, Manila

About Florin "Pilo" Hilbay  

From his beginnings in poverty in Tondo, self-made Hilbay went on to become a bar topnotcher and Yale law school graduate. With over 18 years experience as Constitutional Law Professor at the University Philippines and as Solicitor General (the principle law officer and legal defender of the Philippines), he defended the Reproductive Health Bill and won the nation's claim against China on the West Philippine Sea, among others. The youngest solicitor general in Philippine history, a progressive public servant Hilbay is critical and experienced—with the record to prove it.

Salient Issues

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Focusing on policing and reforms for the government budget, which is a prime source of corruption if unchecked. More independent voices in the Senate, prioritizing reviews on the performance of country officials and incentivizing local government institutions Pushing for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Act, giving the poor sustainable support systems for food, education, and healthcare Defending Philippine sovereignty and maintaining our democratic institutions, including defending our rights to the West Philippine Sea

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Constitutional Law Professor, University of the Philippines Diliman With emphasis on issues relating to Church and State, post-colonial institutionalism, and relationship between the information environment and legal consciousness, youngest faculty member in 2000 Solicitor General, Republic of the Philippines From 2014-2016, defending the RH Law and nullifying historical claims of China over the West Philippines Sea winning the case in favor of the Philippines. As the principle law officer and legal defender attached to the Department of Justice, has authority and responsibility to exercise the government's legal positions in courts and argues virtually every case in which the government is a party; representing the people, the Government, and its agencies and instrumentalities. Director of the Institute of Government and Law Reform, University of the Philippines Law Center One of the five institutes created in 1989 under the University of the Philippines Law Center Consultant, Commission on Elections Sitting during en banc sessions and offering advice and supervision Vice-Chair, Bantay Katarungan (Sentinels of Justice) Civic organization to advocate and strengthen the rule of law, addressing issues of public injustice and to oversee appointments process in the judiciary Editor-in-Chief, Philippine Law and Society Review Publication of the University of the Philippines College of Law, publishing manuscripts articulating the intersection between law and history philosophy, economics, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, psychology, literature, and politics. Editor, Integrated Bar of the Philippines Law Journal IBP is the national organization of lawyers in the Philippines, and the mandatory bar associationf or Filipino lawyers. Underbar clerk, Justice Mendoza Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, known for upholding the RH Law, freeing UP students abducted by members of the military, striking down the Arroyo Truth Commission


Solicitor General (Acting 2014, 2015-2016)


Senior State Solicitor (2014-2015)

Notable Work

Returned Coconut Levy funds worth over Php60 billion to the government as Solicitor General, moving it towards public funds to support the country's coconut farmers and their industry Won West Philippine Sea claim at the Hague as Solicitor General in favor of the Philippines, ruling that China has no legal or historical basis to make their claim with China knwon to violate their obligations Defended Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV in court, two vocal critics of the government unjustly imprisoned and attacked


Graduate & Post-Graduate Masters of Law, Yale University Law School
Law, University of the Philippines College of Law (Bar topnotcher, 1st Place)
Tertiary AB Economics, University of Santo Tomas Others Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Boston College
Held fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for COmparative Public Law and International Law, Asian law Institute for Comparative Public Law, and Siliman University