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Senior LCCian 2015 Award
This recognition is granted to an LCCianwhose professional success and civic service are of considerable significance and importance to our community; to the advancement of her profession, her life undertaking in the spirit of selfless giving, and in the interest of nation-building and public welfare.
Atty Benilda Abrasia-Tejada is a native of Bacolod City. Since elementary, she excelled in her academics graduating as Salutatorim in Elementary at UNO-R, graduated First Honorable mention in High School, and as Magna Cum Laude at La Consolcaion College Bacolod. She went to the College of Law where she topped her class as Summa Cum Laude in 1983.
After passing the bar exams, she was immediately hired as Confidential Attorney in the Office of the Presiding Justice at the Court of Appeals, Ermita, Manila and eventually became the Executive Assistant of the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals. She then transferred to the Office of the Solicitor General as Senior Solicitor for 12 years.
After getting her spurs as a Confidential Attorney, where she specialized in Litigation cases, handled 900 various cases for the government and won 98% of her cases, and was special counsel of at least 20 government agencies including PCGG, MMDA, PNP, MIAA, NAIA, ATO, BIR, DND, Bureau of Customs, Department of Finance, Department of Health, among others, she transferred to the corporate world as Head of the Litigation Department at Allied Bank and later as Chief Legal Counsel of Philippine National Bank, and Lucio Tan Group of Companies.
She was recruited by the Development Bank of the Philippines as Chief Legal Counsel and in her desire to serve the government once more, stayed for eight years until she availed the early retirement program of the bank. In 2010, the new administration under President Noynoy Aquino took over and the new board immediately dug up a 2.4 billion account of Mr. Roberto Ongpin whom they suspected as a Binay supporter and a dummy of Mike Arroyo. The administration initiated charges against more than 20 officers and employees, including some members of the board appointed under the old administration, including her and one of her lawyers, Atty. Benjamin Pinpin, who merely prepared the documentation. This led to the suicide of Atty Pinpin who cannot endure the pressure and tensions of the possible cases that will be filed against him. Atty. Tejada was very vocal in denouncing his death as a result of the pressures applied by the Board not only to the media but also before the senate. The Ombudsman immediately DISMISSED the complaint against her and the others before the Sandiganbayan for lack of basis.
Realizing and being grateful for her blessings, she saw the need to give back to society by doing community and religious works. She heads a loose group of volunteers helping the Fatima Center, a home for the abandoned, neglected, orphaned, abused children and women based in Iriga City, Bicol Region. She also helps the Rotary and the Soroptimist in their programs for legal education on women’s and children’s rights among the marginalized women and children in various communities in Metro Manila. These acts serve as a model and inspiration that blessings should be shared and having a full time job and being a single mother are no hindrance to serving our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
The same diligence and enthusiasm is manifested through the inspiration of St. Augustine that Atty. Benilda Abrasia-Tejada was awarded as Outstanding Alumni by the Alumni Association Inc., during its Alumni homecoming in 1996, Mother Evangelista San Agustin Award in 1999 during LCCB’s Diamond Celebration, and Outstanding College Alumna by the LCC College Department Alumni Association in 2006.