Silvestre Bello III

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Silvestre "Bebot" Bello III (born 23 June 1944)[1] is a lawyer, businessman and government official. He is currently the secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. He is concurrently the presidential adviser on the peace process.[2] Bello has served as secretary of justice, solicitor general, and representative of the 1-BAP partylist at different points in his government service.[3]

Early life and education

Silvestre Bello was born on 23 June 1944 in Gattaran, Cagayan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Manuel L. Quezon University in 1966 and a law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1970.[4][5]


Following the People Power Revolution in 1986, President Corazon C. Aquino appointed Bello governor of Isabela as part of an extensive change of local government heads in the new administration. Bello ran for the same post in 1988 but was defeated by Faustino Dy, who was Isabela’s governor from 1970 until Bello's appointment to the position. In 1990, Bello was appointed secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ), holding the position until 1992. After his stint in the DOJ, he ran again for governor of Isabela but was defeated by Dy’s son, Benjamin Dy. Bello was the solicitor general from September 1996 until February 1998, during the term of President Fidel V. Ramos[2]

During the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Bello was the chairman of the government negotiating panel for talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF, from January 2001 to August 2004. Under the same administration, he was the presidential adviser for new government centers from July 2007 to July 2008 and was the cabinet secretary from July 2008 to February 2010.[5][6] Bello became the secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment on June 30, 2016, upon President Rodrigo Duterte's assumption of office.