|Jose F. Justiniano specializes in litigation (criminal, civil and administrative). |
Mr. Justiniano started as an assistant in the Jose W. Diokno Law Office where he assisted the late Sen. Jose W. Diokno in the trials of political detainees before the Military Commission created during the Martial Law years. He likewise worked with Sen. Diokno in handling some high profile criminal cases such as the ambush of a governor in the Cordillera region allegedly by his political opponent whom they successfully defended, the prosecution of a police general and other police officials accused of mauling a civilian, and the defense of one of the accused in the so called “Forbes Park” rape case.
In 1982, Mr. Justiniano joined SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan as an associate and became a partner in 1995 where he ventured into commercial litigation. He was assigned to try cases involving “white collar crimes” as well as enforcement of intellectual property rights of the clients of the firm through criminal prosecution. Mr. Justiniano was also tasked to handle cases involving contract disputes, as well as tort cases. He represented airline companies in damage suits filed by their passengers and, in most cases, was successful in fending off unreasonable claims, and in some cases, succeeded in forging a mutually acceptable settlement of the claims.
Sometime in 1987, Mr. Justiniano was tasked to act as one of the private prosecutors in the widely publicized murder of a socialite in an affluent residential subdivision in Makati City. In 2005, he defended four of the six U.S. Marines accused of raping a Filipina in Subic Base. At different stages of the case, Mr. Justiniano was successful in getting a dismissal or acquittal of all his clients. In 2011, he acted as one of the private prosecutors in the impeachment of the Ombudsman and in 2012, Mr. Justiniano was again engaged to be part of the prosecution team in the impeachment trial of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court which resulted in the latter’s removal from office.
In 2013, Mr. Justiniano was appointed as Undersecretary in the Department of Justice. Because of his expertise in handling criminal cases, Mr. Justiniano was assigned as Undersecretary in charge of the investigation and prosecution of persons involved in the pork-barrel scam. Part of his job was to oversee the investigation being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation of politicians, other public officials and private individuals who are involved in the criminal act. Mr. Justiniano was deputized by the Ombudsman to be a part of the team of special prosecutors handling these cases. Mr. Justiniano was also appointed as Head of the Internal Affairs Unit and Inter Agency Council Against Trafficking. Likewise, he was given the assignment of reviewing administrative cases against official and personnel of the attached agencies of the Department of Justice. He also sat as ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the following: Manila International Airport Authority, Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.
Mr. Justiniano obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Santo Tomas and his law degree from Ateneo de Manila University.
He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1976.