The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Tuesday announced the appointment of lawyer Beda Angeles Epres from the Office of the Ombudsman to be its new Commissioner under the 6th Commission en banc (CEB).
Out of the five appointments of the new CEB members, Epres was the first appointed commissioner.
CEB is the highest decision and policy-making body of the CHR.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. chose Epres to work at the CHR.
CHR executive director Jacqueline Ann de Guia has initially met with Epres.
Epres, 51, is to serve a seven-year term ending in 2029.
He is alumnus of the Far Eastern University with a degree in Political Science in 1990 and Arellano University School of Law in 1995.
He was admitted to the Bar in 1995.
He is a civil servant as part of the Office of the Ombudsman since 1997.
“CHR is optimistic that Commissioner Epres will continue to contribute in making the Commission a steadfast and formidable institution that caters to all people, especially the weak, vulnerable, and marginalized, and in responding to the present and emerging human rights challenges of our time,” the CHR said in a statement.