Celia Escareal-Sandejas graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1975 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve later, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer and obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the Philippines in 1995. She engaged in the private practice of law with her late father, Sandiganbayan Justice Romeo M. Escareal, Sr., specializing in criminal and corporate cases. She joined the government workforce in 2000 as Executive Assistant to the Securities and Exchange Commission‘s Chairman Lilia R. Bautista, serving in a concurrent capacity in 2001 as Assistant Director of SEC’s Compliance and Enforcement Department. In 2002, she transferred to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ Office of the Governor, detailed to the Anti-Money Laundering Council as Bank Officer VI (Chief Legal Counsel) and thereafter, in 2005, as full-time Chief of Staff on Anti-Money Laundering of BSP Governors Rafael B. Buenaventura and Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. She joined OMLAW as a consultant after her retirement from BSP in 2017.
Rex Peter Raz graduated from the University of the East Manila with a degree in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1987. He obtained his Bachelors of Laws degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1988. He specializes in immigration, corporate rehabilitation receivership, labor and corporate cases.
Marc Anthony A. Cox graduated from Ateneo De Manila University with a degree in A.B. Economics. He graduated from UP College of Law in 2005 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in May 2006. He handled a portfolio of clients compromised of corporations, solo proprietorship businesses, estates, and individuals, with concerns ranging from commercial transactions (service agreements, acquisitions, security agreement), representations with government and administrative office (Civil Aeronautics Board, Department of Labor and Employment), intellectual property (license/copyright agreements, trademark registrations), and litigation (both civil and criminal cases). In 2006 he was appointed as the Assistant Corporate Secretary of the Manila Golf and Country Club, Inc., where he is presently responsible for corporate housekeeping work, including preparation and maintenance of the Club’s corporate records such as minutes of the meetings, board resolutions, secretary’s certificates, and GIS filings. He also provides legal advice/assistance in various agreement entered into by the Club and its Committees.
Amelito Antonio Velasco graduated from the De La Salle University in 1984, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce, Major in Accounting. He took and passed the CPA licensure examinations in 1985. He
obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines College of Law. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a Senior Tax Consultant at PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Manila where he handled tax and corporate practice matters. He also has extensive experience handling criminal defense, civil, labor and tax litigation as a former Senior Associate of the Law Firm of Atty. Victor Chuidian. Likewise, he was a former commissioned officer of the Philippine Coast Guard, where he worked extensively on maritime issues with the Maritime Industry Authority and on marine environmental protection with environmental lawyer, Antonio A. Oposa. Mr. Velasco presently handles corporate, civil, labor, tax, environmental and commercial advisory services, as well as special projects and criminal defense litigation on behalf of the firm’s client.
Ramon P. Nadal finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree at the University of the Philippines. He later obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of California (U.C.) Berkeley in California, U.S.A., specializing in Intellectual Property Law and Business Law while in U.P. he was a Contributor to the Business and Economy Sections of various school publications and national dailies, focusing on Capital markets, Corporate Matters, and Policy issues. After law school, he engaged in Appellate and Regulatory Practices, personally handling two landmark cases decided En Banc by the Supreme Court, the first case involved the creation and regulation by cities of gaming and casino establishments within specific zones; and the second controversy related to the government financing of a highly urbanized city’s infrastructure projects. His fields of legal practice are: Commercial, Civil, and Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, Public Officers, Local Government Corporate Law, and Family Law.
Jose Ildebrando B. Ambrosio is an alumnus of the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1987) and a Bachelor of Laws degree obtained in 1993, at which time the Philippine power industry was opening up to the private sector. His career centered on power generation and the development and promotion of renewable sources of energy, advising the founders of NorthWind Power Development Corporation in establishing the Bangui Bay Project, the first commercial wind farm in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, among others. As transaction counsel to a number of energy corporations, he performed legal services for the development, financing, implementation, acquisition, and divestment of renewable power projects.
From 2002 to 2005, he worked at the Department of Energy as Legal Adviser to the Hon. Vicente S. Perez, Jr. He headed the Legal Committee, Technical Working Group of the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) from October 2009 to June 2016, responsible for developing and implementing the positions and policies of the NREB with respect to the implementation of the Renewable Energy Law of 2008. He is the Corporate Secretary of the Developers of Renewable Energy for AdvanceMent, Inc., the umbrella organization of all renewable energy associations, and he has been the President of the Wind Energy Developers Association of the Philippines since November 2021.
Rodolfo R. Salazar graduated with Honors from PMI Colleges in 1968 with a degree in Customs Administration. He completed his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the East in 1973 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar the following year. Mr. Salazar has extensive experience in handling customs and tariff matters, having founded the Priority Customs Brokerage Co., Inc. in 1975, where he acted as the President and CEO. He was a principal customer broker to 35 years before relinquishing the position to his eldest son. Mr. Salazar was a Board member of the Chamber of Customs Brokers (CCB) and a member of the PRC’s Board of Examiners for Custom Brokers for two years. He was a legal consultant at the Department of Agrarian Reform and a founding partner of the Padio Salazar & Associates Law Office. Mr. Salazar continue to specialize in customs and tariff related issues, as well as agrarian law implementation representing the firm’s clients in various mattes before the Bureau of Customs and the Department of Agrarian Reform.
Terry Ridon is a Filipino lawyer who served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the PH Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor and Congressman in the PH House of Representatives.
He is the convenor of Infrawatch PH, a thinktank focusing on the following sectors: power, transport, telecoms, among others.
He completed Harvard Business School’s General Management Program, studied public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and law at the University of the Philippines.
Fiorello R. Jose holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in English, from the University of the Philippines where he likewise obtained his law degree in 1991. He started his practice the succeeding year as an assistant attorney with the law firm of Bito Lozada Ortega and Castillo, where he focused on maritime law, litigation, labor and corporate law. In 1995, he partnered with his father, Plaridel C. Jose (+), and later established his own law practice in 1998 under F.R. Jose Law Office. He continues in the general practice of law, concentrating on civil litigation, labor, family and property law, land titling, registration, conveyances, settlement of estate and corporate law.
Ma. Angelica C. Dychiao obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Assumption College and subsequently studied Law in the University of the Philippines. In 1996 she was admitted to the Philippine Bar and began her legal career with the one of the oldest firms in the Philippines, handling contract review and corporate matters for the firm’s clients. Her professional life centered largely on managing business concerns in such industries as manufacturing, business process outsourcing and logistics. Ms. Dychiao is the Executive Director of the law firm assigned to create, develop and implement strategic plans set by the partners of the firm.