Mateo A.T. Caparas is confirmed dead at the age of 96.
Mateo was best known as a Filipino lawyer and politician.
Mateo Armando Tengco Caparas (December 28, 1923 – July 15, 2020) was a Filipino statesman, lawyer, and civic leader. He served as Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) under the administration of President Corazon Aquino.
1 Early life and education
Early life and education
Caparas was born on December 28, 1923 in Cuyapo, Philippines. His father was a lawyer who settled in Moncardo, Tarlac.
He finished his secondary schooling at Bulacan High School in 1940 but was interrupted by the Second World War. He graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1949, where he joined the Upsilon Sigma Phi. He later finished his Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1950.
As a lawyer, Caparas practiced in Caloocan and specialized in labor law and tax cases. In 1960, he transferred his law practice to Manila when he was invited to join the Rotary Club.
Caparas represented the province of Bulacan during the 1971 Constitutional Convention. In 1988, he was appointed Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government tasked to retrieve the Marcos administration's ill-gotten wealth.
He is the first and only Filipino to be elected President of Rotary International and the only Filipino trustee of Rotary Foundation. During his presidency, Rotary started the campaign to raise $120 million to eradicate polio by 2005. The campaign was able to generate more than $240 million in two years.
Caparas died on July 15, 2020 at the age of 96. He has three surviving children: Jorge, Matt, and Pilar; eight grandchildren; and two great granddaughters.
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