Marwil N. LLasos: Senatorial Candidate of Ang Kapatiran Party

Below is a biography of Ang Kapatiran Party Candidate for Senator:


Atty. Bro. Marwil N. Llasos, O.P.

Atty. Bro. Marwil N. Llasos, O.P.

At 37, ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS is one of the youngest candidates for SENATOR in the May 13, 2013 elections. A true-blooded Bicolano, Atty. Llasos was born in 1975 in Daraga, Albay. His father, Wilson Llasos, a witness in the Agrava Fact Finding Board which investigated the Aquino-Galman double murder case in 1983, is from Daraga, Albay. His mother, Marichu Nacor, a former OFW, is from Barcelona, Sorsogon. Atty. Llasos grew up in Daraga, Albay but studied in Legazpi City from elementary to college. He now lives in Roxas District, Quezon City although he is a registered voter in Tagas, Daraga, Albay, his hometown. He is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Albay Chapter.

Atty. Marwil Llasos has impressive academic credentials. He had his early childhood education at Divine Word College of Legazpi where he graduated with honors in 1988. He went to Bicol University College of Education Laboratory High School for his secondary education. In high school, he distinguished himself in academic and extra-curricular activities. Among others, he was Vice President of the Student Catholic Action, President of the Monitors’ Club and President of the English-Dramatics Club. He was also the Literary Editor of the school paper The Mayon. It was in high school when he first ventured in campus politics – winning hands down as Public Information Officer of the Homeroom Coordinating Council. He was Class Peer Facilitator Awardee when he graduated in 1992.

Atty. Marwil Llasos holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, from Bicol University College of Arts and Sciences in Legazpi City. He graduated at the top of his class being the sole cum laude graduate in Political Science and the lone male honor graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1996. He was the recipient of the following awards: Most Outstanding Political Science Student, Outstanding Student of Bicol University and Outstanding in Service. He likewise received a citation as regional debate winner and national debater of Bicol University. Moreover, the Commission on Higher Education, RFM Foundation and Rotary Club International awarded him as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines-Region V in 1996. If elected to the Philippine Senate, Atty. Marwil Llasos will be the first alumnus of Bicol University to be a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.

As campus journalist, Atty. Marwil Llasos was Assistant Section Editor of The CASette and became News Editor of Bicol Universitarian after topping the editorial examination for the school paper. Atty. Llasos was also actively involved in campus politics. He was elected as Public Information Officer of the College Student Council, Majority Floorleader and Chairman of the 5th (1995) and 6th (1996) Bicol University Congress of Student Leaders, respectively.

At a very young age of 18, Atty. Marwil Llasos served as youth ambassador of goodwill to the ASEAN countries and Japan when he was chosen as one of the country’s delegates to the 21st Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) in 1994 representing the Bicol Region.
In 1998, Atty. Marwil Llasos passed the Law Aptitude Examination of the University of the Philippines College of Law. He graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (Juris Doctor) in 2003. He passed the 2004 Bar Examination (first take) with 82.30% rating. In the UP College of Law, Atty. Marwil Llasos was a Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro Scholar, Hisatoshi Ito (Japan) Scholar, Owen L. White (Australia) Scholar, and UP Law Batch 1971 Scholar. He was a recipient of Students with Outstanding Academic Performance Award and a member of the prestigious Order of the Purple Feather honor society.

Atty. Marwil N. Llasos completed the academic requirements for Master of Arts in Public Administration, with very high scholastic rating of 1.2. in Bicol University Graduate School in 1998. He also completed the academic requirements for Master of Laws at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 2010 as Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez Scholar. In 2005, Atty. Llasos studied for his Post-Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Law as Fellow of the International Committee of the Red Cross at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad, India.


Atty. Marwil Llasos is an educator by heart. While still in Legazpi City, he worked as a Social Science Instructor, Head of the Social Science Department, and Coordinator for Research, Extension and Development Services of Computer Arts and Technological College in Old Albay District, Legazpi City from 1996-1998. At present, Atty. Llasos teaches Economics, Philippine Government and Constitution, Law on Obligations and Contracts, Negotiable Instruments Law, Labor and Social Legislation and Income Taxation at Siena College Quezon City and Siena College of San Jose in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

Atty. Marwil Llasos has wide exposure in various areas of the law. He was a working student while studying law at UP. At that time, he was a University Research Associate and University Researcher in the Institute of Human Rights and Institute of International Legal Studies, respectively, of the UP Law Center.

After graduation from the UP College of Law, Atty. Llasos had experience in these areas of law:

(1) Legal Education –Atty. Marwil Llasos served as Law Education Specialist in the Institute of International Legal Studies of the UP Law Center in 2005. He also served as Lecturer in The Manila Times Institute for Paralegal Studies from 2006-2009. From 2009-2010, Atty. Llasos was a Professorial Lecturer teaching Statutory Construction at the School of Law and Jurisprudence of Centro Escolar University in Makati City.

(2) Corporate Law – Atty. Marwil Llasos worked as assistant corporate counsel of International Thunderbird Gaming Corporation (a multinational corporation) and Eastbay Resorts, Inc. in 2006.

(3) Litigation – Atty. Marwil Llasos was actively involved in litigation and appellate practice as Partner of the law firm of Dasal Laurel Llasos and Associates from 2006-2010.

(4) Development and Alternative Law – Atty. Marwil Llasos is presently engaged in development and alternative lawyering as Senior Lawyer of the Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS), Inc., a non-government organization (NGO) providing services to farmers and migrant workers, among others. IDEALS, Inc. also does work in environmental protection, international trade, and social enterprise development. As part of his advocacy, Atty. Llasos extends his services to the Philippine Deaf Resources Center.

Atty. Marwil Llasos served as Executive Assistant and Legal Consultant in the Department of Agrarian Reform from 2000-2002. He appeared as a Resource Person in the House of Representatives Committee on Agrarian Reform. Atty. Llasos also served as Secretary to the Sub-Committee on the Rules on Criminal Procedure of the Supreme Court.

Since the Senate has threefold functions – legislation, investigation, and education – Atty. Marwil Llasos is professionally and eminently qualified to be Senator of the Republic of the Philippines:

(1) Legislation – Atty. Llasos drafted bills for the Philippine Congress as Legal Education Specialist of the UP Law Center, the successor of the Philippine Code Commission. He served as a Resource Person of the House of Representatives Committee on Agrarian Reform;

(2) Investigation – Atty. Llasos was among the “formidable array of leading academics … who gave their expert opinion”1 on the anomalous, graft-ridden, and unfinished Northrail project at the Philippine Senate in 2005. In 2006, he was appointed Legal Officer of the Rapu-Rapu Fact Finding Commission that investigated the Lafayette mining incident in Rapu-Rapu Island in Albay.

(3) Education – As already stated, Atty. Llasos is an educator at heart. He was a Legal Education Specialist of UP Law Center and professor of law at CEU School of Law and Jurisprudence. Since 2004, he serves as Lecturer in the Seminar on Laws and Jurisprudence for the Philippine National Police, Popularizing the Law (POPLAW) Program, and Barangay Legal Education Seminar of the UP Law Center. As Lecturer in these seminars, Atty. Llasos has been all over the country – Ilocos Norte, La Union, Cagayan, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Laguna, Cavite, Palawan, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, South Cotabato and Saranggani.

Finally, Atty. Llasos authored and published several legal articles and studies.

Public Service

As youth leader and community worker, Atty. Marwil Llasos served as SK Councilor, SK Chairman and ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Barangay of Bgy. Tagas, Daraga, Albay. In 1996, he was elected as the first President of the Social Service Club of ABS-CBN Foundation in Legazpi City.

While in law school, Atty. Llasos continued his public service as Legal Assistance Coordinator and Paralegal Officer in the Assistance Center for Victims (ACV) of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Manila IV Chapter, Paralegal Volunteer of the Child Justice League, Inc. and a volunteer in Bantay Katarungan.

Atty. Marwil Llasos served as Resource Person and later on as Host of Batas Barangay in DZRH.


Although a lawyer by profession, Atty. Marwil Llasos is a consecrated secular Dominican by vocation. In Catholic circles, Atty. Llasos is known as “Bro. Mars” as a commissioned lay preacher, catechist and apologist. He is a Resource Person on Mariology and Catholic Biblical Apologetics in Defensores Fidei Foundation and legal adviser of Catholic Faith Defenders-Davao. Atty. Llasos serves as Formator and Council Member of the Company of St. Dominic of the Archdiocese of Manila, a Dominican secular institute of consecrated life. Atty. Llasos is actively involved in catechesis in urban poor communities as well as in the prison ministry.

A netizen, Atty. Llasos is a blogger2 and a regular Facebook3 and Twitter4 user.

Catholic Apologist Steve Ray visits Manila and Davao

From Bro. Marwil N. Llassos, O.P. of the Knight of Mary blog:

My dear friend, MR. STEPHEN K. RAY (popularly known as STEVE RAY) a Baptist convert to Catholicism and now a world-renowned Catholic apologist will be in the Philippines for a series of talks. This author and producer of the series FOOTPRINTS OF GOD will arrive on July 9, 2010.

Steve Ray will speak to the seminarians of San Carlos Seminary on July 10, 2010 (8:00 a.m.). He will then be the main lecturer during the Apologists Forum on the same day at Virra Mall from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On July 12, 2010, Steve Ray will talk about Mary from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the chapel of Megamall.

The next day, July 13, 2010, Steve Ray will talk at San Pedro Poveda College from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and to the Couples for Christ from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. On July 14, 2010, Steve Ray will preach at Rosehill at 8:00 a.m.

From July 15 to 17, 2010, Steve Ray will have a series of talks in Davao City.

He will be back in Manila on July 18, 2010 to talk before a large crowd at the Philippine International Convention Center from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Then on July 19-21, Steve Ray will give talks at St. James the Great Parish in Ayala Alabang, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. He will also give a talk at De La Salle Zobel from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 19-21, 2010.

For schedule of the series of talks of popular preacher Mr. Steve Ray, please call Totus Bookstore at (02) 7234326.

Update: Steve Ray talks about Mama Mary on DZMM this Sunday at 8:30 pm. You can listen to him on radio, or you can watch him on DZMM Teleradyo on Skycable or you can watch the video stream live at Mark your calendar.