CHIEF STATE PROSECUTOR JOVENCITO ZUÑO (ret.)

Of Counsel

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Educational Attainment:

Bachelor of Arts - Lipa City Colleges 1963

Bachelor of Laws - University of the East 1972

Description:

Chief State Prosecutor Zuño retired from the Department of Justice in February 2010, capping a litigation career that spanned 35 years in public service, 13 years of which were spent as Chief State Prosecutor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lipa City Colleges in 1963 and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the East in 1972. He was admitted to the bar in 1973. In 1985, he started his career with the Department of Justice, serving as State Prosecutor I. In 1997, then President Fidel Ramos appointed him as Chief State Prosecutor, the post he held for 13 years, outlasting two presidents and nine justice secretaries.

During his career with the DOJ, he was recognized as an Outstanding Prosecutor by the Consumers Union of the Philippines in 1994. Prior to that, from 1980 to 1983, he was a First Assistant City Fiscal at the Office of the City Prosecutor in Lipa City and eventually became the acting City Fiscal in 1983. He also served as a Special Counsel to the Office of the Prosecutor in Batangas City from 1975 to 1980. He also participated in the successful prosecution of former President Estrada for plunder in connection with insider trading in the Belle Corp. stocks; the convictions of former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez for rape-slay; Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos for rape of a minor; and, Hubert Webb and others for the Vizconde massacre.