Atty. Jose C. Sison
ATTY. JOSE C. SISON was born on April 7, 1938 in Sampaloc,Manila. He is happily married to Josefina Sampedro of Naga City and Cainta Rizal. They are blessed with six children: +Joyce, Jopet, Joel, Jay, Jolly and Jaybee who are all successful in their chosen careers. Five of his sons are married and he now has fourteen grandsons and two granddaughters.
He graduated Valedictorian both in Primary and Secondary Education at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in 1951 and 1955 respectively. He finished Associate in Arts at UST in 1957. He was a Case Editor of the Ateneo Law Journal from 1958 to 1961 and finished his Bachelor of Laws at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1961. In 1962, he was admitted to the Philippine Bar with a grade of 84.95%. He started law practice at the office of the late Senator Jose W. Diokno until 1964 then became the legal and trust officer and manager of Philippine Banking Corporation. In 1978, he resumed practicing law by putting up a law office in partnership with some of his classmates at the Ateneo. At present, he is the managing partner of Sison and Associates Law Office.
Atty. Sison pioneered in 1987, the 1st journalistic legal education in the country. He started spreading knowledge of the law beyond the confines of the courtrooms, law offices and law schools to all sectors of society up to the grassroots level. He began his career in journalism as a Columnist of A LAW EACH DAY in the Philippine Star Daily up to the present as a way of bringing the law closer to the people through mass media of communications. A Law Each Day “simplifies the sometimes difficult, even anachronistic language of the law as found in the statutes and decisions of the courts”. In 1992, he started its Tagalog version under the column Ikaw at ang Batas in Philippine Graphics and as a public service portion of the TV show Hoy Gising!. At present Ikaw at ang Batas regularly appears as a TV show from Monday to Friday at 5:00 p.m. in NBN 4. From 1989 until 2000 he was the TV host of the legal drama series “Kapag Nasa Katwiran… Ipaglaban Mo,” an awardee of the Catholic Mass Media Awards. He co-produced and hosted Ipaglaban Mo the Movie, Parts I (1995) and II (1997). He authored and published the Primer on the Family Code of the Philippines, A Law Each Day Volume I - Marriage and Family and Volume II - Labor Law. Volumes III - Criminal Law, IV - Constitutional Law, and V - Civil Law are in the process of printing.
He was a Commissioner of the UNESCO National Commission, Committee on Human and Social Sciences in 2002. He is also a member of the Philippine Delegation to the Consultative Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO in Asia and the Pacific. From 1988 until 1994, he was Associate Executive Trustee and Chief Legal Counsel of the Asset Privatization Trust, the government agency created for the privatization of government assets. He also drafted the law and paved the way for the creation of the Philippine Gamefowl Commission and ultimately served as its Secretary and Legal Counsel from 1983 to 1985.
Atty. Sison is also actively involved in some non-government organizations like the Katarungan para sa Kababaihan at Kabataan (KKK), which assists in the legal cases of women and children in DSWD. Presently, he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ipaglaban Mo Foundation, a non-profit organization giving legal aid and conducting research and information through media on laws and court decisions. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Prisoner Rehabilitation Service Organization (PRESO) Foundation that assists detained prisoners. He served as member of the Board of Trustees of Pro-Life Philippines and was actively involved in Couples for Christ, Christian Family Movement, Marriage Encounter and Family Life Apostolate Ministry. He is an active Rotarian and was President of the Rotary Club of Cubao West in 1987 and 1988. He has lectured throughout the country before conventions on the law on Abortion, Death Penalty, Divorce, Marriage and Family and other legal topics.