IAF Alumna Appointed PCGG Commissioner
Atty. Maita Chan-Gonzaga
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) takes pride in
the appointment of its Alumni Group
member Atty. Maita Chan-Gonzaga as commissioner of the Presidential
Commission on Good Government (PCGG). Atty. Gonzaga attended the
International Human Rights Academy in Utrecht, Netherlands in April
Atty. Gonzaga was with the Ateneo
Human Rights Center (AHRC) and the Working
Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanisms before she was
appointed commissioner. In spite her outstanding educational achievements
– graduating from Ateneo Law School as class valedictorian
in 2002, placing fourth in the bar examinations, Atty. Gonzaga
chose to pursue alternative lawyering.
She was part of the AHRC Internship Program in 1999 where she
discovered “a sense of obligation to serve.”
“The exigencies experienced in working with the poor and
the marginalized meant that it couldn’t be anything but
personal. The very real faces and the very real lives I came into
contact with demanded no less and allowed no quarter,” Atty.
Gonzaga wrote in the AHRC interns’ publication Remember
Still: Interns’ Reflections on Alternative Lawyering in
the Philippines .
Atty. Gonzaga also received the St. Thomas More Award given to
the most distinguished graduate when she finished law school.
She obtained her Magister Juris from Oxford University in 2008.
She teaches law at the Ateneo Law School.
Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights
Mechanism Secretariat with FNF Philippine Office Resident Representative
Jules Maaten and FNF South Asia Regional Director Siegfried Herzog.