Former SolGen Frank Chavez dies

Posted at 09/12/2013 6:30 AM | Updated as of 09/12/2013 11:00 AM

MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - Former Solicitor General Frank Chavez passed away Wednesday night. He was 66.

His daughter, Ingrid, said Chavez had a stroke and died at 10:20 p.m. at Medical City in Pasig.

According to Chavez’s other daughter, Stephanie, the former solicitor general who became famous for pursuing the corruption cases against the Marcos family, had been confined at the hospital since July this year for lymphoma or cancer of a part of the immune system.

“Nung July, naka-confine na siya sa Medical City for the treatment ng lymphoma niya. In the course of his treatment, he developed complications and one of them was the stroke. This was the immediate cause of his death,” she said.

Stephanie said Chavez was cremated at 2:45 a.m. Thursday as cremation was her father’s request.

Chavez's remains will be brought to Santuario de San Antonio Parish in Forbes Park in Makati.

He will be buried at the Heritage Park in Taguig on Sunday.

Chavez was Solicitor General (1987 to 1992) during the administration of Corazon Aquino and represented Martial law human rights victims. He was the lawyer of Kris Aquino in her celebrated cases.

He had an unsuccessful bid for the Senate in the May 1992 elections, and he was a prominent critic of the Arroyo administration.

Chavez was born on February 6, 1947 in Sagay, Negros Occidental. He married Ma. Juanita Rivera.

He finished his law degree from the University of the Philippines in 1971. He was once part of the Sycip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan Law Offices, and later became a founding partner of Chavez Laureta & Associates Law Office.

He was a member of the board of directors of Petron-Aramco during the Ramos administration, and a member of the board of directors of Philippine Airlines, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Central Cement Corp. during the Cory Aquino administration. – with a report from Noel Alamar, dzMM