Jesus Crispin Remulla

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Jesus Crispin "Boying" Catibayan Remulla (born 31 March 1961) is a lawyer and politician. He is currently the secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ), under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. He was elected congressman of the 7th district of the Cavite in the 2022 elections, a position he held from 2019 to 2022. However, a few weeks after the elections, he accepted the invitation from Marcos Jr. to serve in his cabinet. Remulla was the governor of Cavite from 2016 to 2019.[1]

Remulla was among the members of the House of Representatives who pushed for the denial of the application for franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.[2]

Early life and education

Remulla was born on 31 March 1961 to Ditas Catibayan and Juanito Remulla Sr., a former governor of Cavite and the longest-serving in this capacity in the province. Remulla is a member of the Remulla political dynasty of Cavite; his brother Jonvic Remulla is the incumbent governor of Cavite and another brother, Gilbert Remulla, is a former, two-term congressman.[3]

Remulla obtained a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of the Philippines. He subsequently took up law in the university's College of Law, graduating in 1987.[4] He passed the bar examination in 1988.

Political career

In 2004, Remulla successfully ran for congressman of the 3rd district of Cavite. He was reelected in 2007. In 2009, during his second term as congressman of his district, he and fellow Cavite representatives Joseph Emilio Abaya and Elpidio Barzaga, Jr. authored Republic Act No. 9727, or the Cavite Congressional Reapportionment Act of 2009, which increased the number of congressional districts of the province from three to seven. In 2010, he ran for congressman of the newly created 7th district of Cavite, beating Tagaytay councilor Laureano Mendoza. In this third term as congressman, he was elected deputy speaker of the House of Representatives under House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte of Quezon City.

In 2013, Remulla ran for mayor of Tagaytay but was defeated by Agnes Tolentino. In 2016, he successfully ran for governor of Cavite, succeeding his brother Jonvic Remulla, who was the governor of the province from 2010 to 2016. In 2019, he ran for Congress once more, becoming the representative of the 7th district of Cavite a second time.[5] In 2022, he ran opposed for the same position. However, on 23 May 2022, he accepted winning presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s appointment of him as secretary of the Department of Justice. On 26 July 2022, the House of Representatives appointed Speaker Martin Romualdez custodian of the 7th district of Cavite.[6]

ABS-CBN franchise denial

Remulla was among the congresspersons who pushed for the denial of the renewal of media giant ABS-CBN's franchise.[7] Along with House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta and Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor, he accused ABS-CBN of avoiding taxes by using shell corporations, selling Philippine depositary receipts to foreigners, using Channel 43 to continue its broadcasts despite having been shutdown on 5 May 2020, and submitting an allegedly tampered torrens title. On 10 July 2020, Remulla and 69 other representatives out of 81 voted to deny the franchise application of ABS-CBN.[8] The shutting down of the network and the subsequent franchise denial have been criticized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), universities, advocacy groups, business organizations, and the local Catholic church. The move was condemned as an attack on press freedom instigated by former president Rodrigo Duterte, who had constantly threated to disallow ABS-CBN to continue broadcasting. Duterte's ire has been said to have stemmed from ABS-CBN's failure to air his political ads in the 2016 elections.[9] On 27 June 2022, a few days after stepping down from the presidency, Duterte admitted to using his presidential powers against ABS-CBN in its bid to renew its franchise.[10]

Red-tagging of Leni Robredo's supporters

On 5 March 2022, Remulla, a known ally of then presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., questioned the large turnout in presidential candidate and then vice president Leni Robredo's politically rally in General Trias, Cavite on 4 March.[11] The crowd was estimated at 47,000, the biggest turnout at that point in Robredo's campaign. Remulla alleged that the crowd swelled because people were bussed to the venue in exchange for money. Remulla also accused some of the attendees of being activists "trained" by the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

The Robredo People’s Council, an independent organization supportive of Leni Robredo and her presidential bid and which helped organize the rally in Cavite, condemned Remulla's claims, saying the statements were "malicious, damaging to their reputation, irresponsible, and baseless."[12]


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