Corruption in the Asia-Pacific: The Philippine Experience

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 7:15pm

Event Location
William S. Richardson School of Law
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2350


Moot Court Room

The Philippine Chief Anti-Corruption Official and former Supreme Court Justice, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, will give a lecture entitled "Corruption in the Asia-Pacific:  The Philippine Experience," on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7:20 pm, at the William S. Richardson School of Law, Moot Court Room.

This lecture is in conjunction with LAW 520I (Criminal Law Topics:  Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement) which is taught by Mr. El Cid Butuyan.  Information about his class can be found at the following link:


The lecture will be held in the Moot Court Room and seating is limited.  To ensure that proper arrangements are made, please RSVP to Mr. Butuyan at if you would like to attend.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales' appointment as the Philippines' chief graft buster was announced by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III in 2011.

Ombudsman Carpio-Morales earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1964 and her Bachelor of Laws in 1968, both from the University of the Philippines (UP).

After graduation from law school, she worked at the Atienza Tabora and Del Rosario Law Offices in Manila.  In 1971, she joined the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the Philippines as a Special Assistant to then Justice Secretary Vincente Abad Santos.  After almost 12 years with the DOJ, Ombudsman Carpio-Morales became a judge in 1983, when then President Ferdinand Marcos appointed her as a trial court judge in Pili, Camarines Sur.  Three years later, she was appointed as a trial court judge in Pasay City.

In 1994, Ombudsman Carpio-Morales was appointed to the Court of Appeals, where she headed the 7th Division of the Court.  On September 3, 2002, upon the unanimous endorsement of the members of the Judicial and Bar Council, she was appointed to the Philippine Supreme Court by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

During the centenary of UP in 2008, the UP Alumi Association conferred on Ombudsman Carpio-Morales the Outstanding Award in Championing Justice/Judiciary "for delivering justice with courage and untrammeled integrity" - a "shining paragon to all magistrates, worthy of emulation and respect."

Event Contact Information

El Cid Butuyan

Contact Phone
(808) 956-5568