Who’s JV?

Attorney Jose Virgilio “JV” Bautista is human rights lawyer and a former party-list congressman. During his stint in the House of Representatives, he is the first to exposed the cheating in Sultan Kudarat during the canvassing session on the 2004 national elections.

JV in Congress

Rep. JV Bautista in action, House of Representatives

  • Trial Lawyer
  • Member, House of Representatives 12th Congress,Republic of the Philippines (2001-2004)
  • Board of Trustees, Freedom from Debt Coalition (2008-Present)
  • Commissioner, Integrated Bar of the Philippines Commission on Bar Discipline (1999-2002)
  • President, Integrated Bar of the Philippines Nueva Ecija Chapter (1997-1999)
  • Professor, Araullo University College of Law Cabanatuan City (1997-2003)
  • Lecturer, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Legaladvantage, Makati City
Educational Background
  • 1988-1989 -Parvin Fellow, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University,
  • Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • 1979-1983 – Bachelor of Laws (LIB.) College of Law, University of the Philippines
  • 1975-1979 – Bachelor of Arts (A.B. Journalism) Institute of Mass Communications, University of the
  • Philippines
  • 1971 – 1975 High School, Ateneo de Manila
Related Educational Experience
  • 1988-1989 – Normative International Relations Seminar Center for International Studies, Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • June 1988- Annual Human Rights Research and Teaching Seminar Center for Study of Human Rights, Columbia
  • University, New York, U.S.A.
  • 1979 – Member, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society Alpha Chapter (U.P.)
Work and Other Affiliation
  • 2007 – Board of Directors, Banco Rural de General Tinio, General Tinio, Nueva Ecija
  • 2009 – Legal Counsel Wesleyan University-Philippines (WU-P), Cabanatuan City
  • 2009 – Legal Counsel Nueva Ecija Doctor’s Hospital, Cabanatuan City
  • 1997-2001 Chairman, People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB), Guimba, Nueva Ecija
  • 1997-2001 – Legal Consultant, Office of the Governor Provincial Government of Nueva Ecija
  • 1997-1998 – Member, Nueva Ecija Provincial Peace and Order Council, Cabanatuan City
  • 1990-1995 – Executive Assistant and Regional Liaison Officer, Office of Senator Wigberto E. Tanada, Senate,
  • Republic of the Philippines
  • 1992-1996 – Chief Legal Counsel and Board of Trustees, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, Inc. (TFDP)
  • 1995-2000 – Legal Counsel and Board of Directors, Lila Filipina (Task Force Filipino Comfort Women)
  • 1992 – Member, Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG)
  • 1995 – Legal Consultant, National Democratic Front (NDF), Peace Panel, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1985-1987 – Executive Director, BAYAN Legal Aid Center, Quezon City, Metro Manila
  • 1987-1990 – Legal Assistant and Researcher, Philippine Center for Immigrant Rights (PHILCIR), New York, New York, U.S.A.
Involvement in Socio-Civic and Cause-Oriented Groups


  • 1997 – Member, Rotary Club of Cabanatuan City
  • 1997-1998 – President, Guimba New Years Association (GNYA) Guimba, Nueva Ecija
  • 1992-1996 – President, Bagong A/yansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Nueva Ecija Chapter
  • 1992- 1995 – Vice President, Philippine Association of Friendship with Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, Inc. (PAFVCL)
  • 1990 – Trustee, Lean L. Alejandro Foundation, Inc., Navotas, Metro Manila
  • 1997-1999 – Spokesman, 13th House of Delegates, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • 1990-1998 – Member, Board of Directors Public Interest Law Center, Inc. (PILC), Makati City, Metro Manila
  • 2001-2004 – Sanlakas Party-list Representative
International Conferences Officially Attended
  • August 1995 – International Conference on Pacific War Victims Tokyo, Japan
  • November 1993 – International Forum on Japan’s Postwar Settlement Issues Pyongyang, People’s Republic of Korea
  • July 1991 – International Conference on Human Rights Law-Making and Transition to Democracy, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Mar/Apr 1989 – NGO Observer, United Nations Human Rights Committee 35th Session U.N. Headquarters, New York, New York, U.S.A.
  • May/Jun 1989 – NGO Delegate, United Nations Third Special Session on Disarmament U.N. Headquarters, New York, New York,  U.S.A.
  • July 1987 – Guest Speaker, Alliance for Philippine Concerns (APC-USA) 3id Annual National Convention Hamline University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
  • Feb/Mar 1986 – NGO Delegate, United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) Forty Second Session, Geneva, Switzerland
  • May 1985 – NGO Delegate, United Nations Commission on Namibia Special Asian Conference on the Namibia Question, Singapore
  • April 1984 – Delegate, International Conference Against Military Bases, Naha City, Okinawa, Japan
  • August 1983 – International Conference on the Philippines Stony Point, New York, U.S.A.
Student Activities
  • 1981-1982 – National President, College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP)
  • 1982-1983 – Secretary-General, League of Filipino Students (LFS)
  • 1979-1981 – Managing Editor, Philippine Collegian, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

3 Responses to Who’s JV?

  1. CESAR ORTANEZ says:

    I hope you win brod!
    MABUHAY KA!
    -Cesar

    btw, i know you’re too busy but please reply to my recent email regarding our legal strategies on the cases you’re handling for me. email me or let me know what other email address i can reach you.
    tyvm!

  2. Remedios Biglang-Awa says:

    This is to express our support to your candidacy. Thank you for helping us in our land claims. More Power!

  3. Bongbong B. Marquez says:

    Go Senator JV, suportado ka namin d2 sa Mindoro

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