BAGUIO CITY – Another Igorot entered the administration team following the appointment of lawyer Cheryl Daytec-Yangot as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Daytec-Yangot, who hails from Besao, Mountain Province, was issued her appointment papers by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on September 29, 2016, pursuant to the provisions of existing laws.
She finished her Master of Laws at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary with merit. Her thesis focused on responding to economic globalization, an analysis of indigenous claims to the right of self-determination as a counter-discourse.
Daytec-Yangot completed her Bachelor of Laws at the Baguio Colleges Foundation before completing her Masters of Management at the University of the Philippines College Baguio (UP). She also earned 12 out of 24 credits for a Master of Laws degree at the University of Minnesota.
She was a recipient of a Presidential Citation for Leadership given by the University of the Cordilleras and was one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in 1999.
The new Assistant Secretary served as a consultant on Indigenous Issues and International Indigenous Law, Environmental Law and Issues; legal consultant of the Commission on Human Rights, Office of Commissioner Roberto Cadiz; Lecturer on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education at the University of the Philippines Law Center on Human Rights, International Law, Women’s Rights, LGBT Rights and Environmental Justice; Deputy Secretary-General for Research and Founding Member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers and a private trial attorney and legal consultant.
She attended the 6th Conference of Lawyers in the Asia-Pacific Region sponsored by the Nepal Bar Association in Katmandu, Nepal; International People’s Mining Conference sponsored by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers; ASEAN +3 Communities on Socio-Political Challenges on Identity and Differences sponsored by the East Asia Studies Center; Global Development and Social Justice Workshop; Novel Peace Prize forum among others.
She was also a Hubert H. Humphry Fellow in the University of Minnesota Law School from 2012-2013; Fellow of the Open Society Justice Initiative in Budapest, Hungary and a Professional Affiliate of the Essex Human Rights Centre in Essex, United Kingdom.
Earlier, former Natonin Mayor Ana Marie Rafael-Banaag was also appointed by President Duterte as one of the Assistant Secretaries of the Presidential Communication Office (PCO).
Banaag was previously with the Office of the Ombudsman before being given the opportunity to serve as Assistant Secretary of the PCO.