The Commission on Human Rights on Wednesday announced the appointment of Leah Tanodra-Armamento as its new chairperson.

Prior to her new appointment, Tanodra-Armamento was a commissioner of the body.

She will succeed and serve the unexpired term of the late Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon, who passed away last year.

Before working for the CHR, Tanodra-Armamento was associate solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor General for five years.

She also worked under the Department of Justice (DOJ) as state prosecutor and senior state prosecutor from 1991 to 2003.

In 2003, Tanodra-Armamento was appointed as the DOJ’s assistant chief state prosecutor, where she chaired the legal panel of the government during the 1996 Review of the Final Peace Agreement’s Implementation between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF).

She was then appointed as DOJ undersecretary.

Tanodra-Armamento graduated from the Ateneo De Manila University School of Law.

She was also a fellow of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2007. John Ezekiel J. Hirro