First Posted 09:20:00 03/30/2013

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Atty. Manuel B. Montejo Jr. is the youngest of four children of Dolores Caneja Bornillo and the late Vice-Mayor Manuel Kapalac Montejo of Naval, Biliran. He is a product of the Naval Central Elementary School, where he finished his elementary education with honors. His parents sent him to Cebu City for his high school education. He graduated in 1981 from the Colegio de San Jose Recoletos (now University of San Jose Recoletos).

He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree major in Accounting at the University of San Carlos in March 1985. The following year he passed the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination. In June 1986 he was employed by the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) Head Office in Makati City. While working at RCBC, he received the opportunity to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer when he was accepted as a working student by the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in 1987. He transferred to Procter and Gamble Philippines in 1988. He was assigned as a Legal Aide of the Corporate Affairs Department. He belonged to the pioneer batch of graduates from the Ateneo de Manila University Law School who were conferred with a Juris Doctor degree in 1991. He passed the Bar examination in 1992.

In college, Atty. Montejo showed political savvy when, as an unknown student and a substitute candidate, he won a seat in parliament of the just revived Supreme Student Government of the University of San Carlos for the school year 1983–84. The following year he was reelected parliament representative, garnering the highest number of votes among representatives from the College of Commerce. He also served in various capacities of the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) USC Chapter.

In law school, Atty. Montejo was appointed as Business Manager of the prestigious Ateneo Law Journal for the school year 1990-1991. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Utopia. He is also a member of the Brotherhood of Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) Cebu City Chapter since 2001. He is now serving as a member of BCBP Naval Chapter.

Ever grateful of the blessings received from his hometown of Naval, Atty. Montejo returned to his roots to serve his province as a young CPA–Lawyer. He served in various capacities of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines–Biliran Chapter, culminating in his election as chapter president from 1997 to 1999. He handled pro bono cases of the IBP Legal Aid Program and also served in the local chapter of the

Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

His knowledge and experience in accounting and law served him well as Legal Counsel of the Biliran Electric Cooperative (BILECO) and later as member of the board of directors representing the capital town of Naval. He was elected President of the cooperative that had been losing no less than P1.0 million each month in 1998. In less than one year, Atty. Montejo turned the cooperative’s operations around and reversed its poor performance by earning profit through efficiency in the management of the transmission and distribution lines. He cut the system loss from a high of 32% to 14%-thus, saving on electricity cost. Member- consumers of BILECO recognized his significant contributions by electing him to three consecutive terms from 1998–2001. 2001–2004, and 2004–2007.

Looking for greener pastures, he transferred his law and accounting practice to Cebu City in March 1997. He is a partner of the MONTEJO LAW OFFICE, specializing in the field of real estate, corporate, commercial, civil, labor and tax laws. His wide exposure in corporate practice enables him to engage in businesses to support his growing family of five kids, all enrolled in top schools in Cebu and Manila.

His successful practice in Cebu was not unnoticed by his fellow Biliranons. For the 2010 elections he was plucked from private practice to join the opposition in Biliran as substitute candidate for Vice-Governor. Despite his limited exposure, Atty. Montejo was the highest-ranking candidate of the opposition who won against the Espina family juggernaut in the Province of Biliran. He defeated the incumbent Vice-Governor, a former Governor, a former Mayor, and a former Member of the Sangguniang Bayan. Indeed, there is no substitute to having a good name and a proven track record in public service.

Atty. Montejo is married to Maribel Mocorro Avila. They have five children: Margreth Rizzini, 19, Manuel III, 18, Manzel Vince, 16, Mel Claire Dolores, 15, and Marybel Zyres, 7.


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