The #MarcosCabinet: Boying Remulla, DOJ secretary

Published May 24, 2022, 12:45 PM

by Seth Cabanban

Cavite 7th district Rep. Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla was the person nominated by presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for the position of Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary, a portfolio that the former has officially accepted.

Cavite 7th district Rep. Boying Remulla (Facebook)

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The 61-year-old Remulla previously served as the governor of Cavite from 2016 to 2019, Deputy House Speaker from 2010 to 2013, and as Cavite’s 3rd district representative from 2004 to 2010.

He is currently part of the National Unity Party (NUP), one of the larger and more respected political parties in the country.

As a lawmaker, Remulla was one of the authors of the Republic Act (RA) 9727, which reapportioned Cavite’s legislative districts from three to seven after its enactment.

Even before the 2022 elections, Remulla had allied himself with Marcos, explaining that they had built rapport during their tenure together as part of the 14th Congress from 2007 to 2010. Marcos at the time was Ilocos Norte’s 2nd district representative.

According to Remulla, Marcos had been hinting at his appointment for the Justice seat before the votes had even been counted.

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Remulla was reelected as the Cavite 7th district congressman after running unopposed in the 2022 elections. His acceptance of the Cabinet posts means that he will have to vacate his House seat.

The veteran solon has said that he would prefer a special election be held rather than the appointment of a caretaker for the seat; the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has also said it is prepared to conduct a special election.

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Remulla has two brothers both experienced in politics: Governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla who was similarly reelected, and Gilbert Remulla who formerly served as Cavite’s 2nd district representative from 2001 to 2007.

The DOJ, which Remulla is slated to lead, falls under the executive branch of government, and is responsible for upholding and enforcing laws. It also serves the national government’s legal counsel and prosecution arm.