Salvador Medialdea

Salvador "Bingbong" Campo Medialdea (born October 14, 1951)[1] is a Filipino lawyer, business executive and government administrator who is the current Executive Secretary of the Philippines, succeeding Paquito Ochoa Jr. at the start of President Rodrigo Duterte's term on June 30, 2016.[2]

Salvador Medialdea
Salvador Medialdea 2018.jpg
Medialdea in March 2018
Executive Secretary of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byPaquito Ochoa Jr.
Chairman of the National Quincentennial Committee
Assumed office
May 8, 2018
Appointed byRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byPosition established
Presidential Assistant for Political Affairs
In office
July 2000 – November 2000
PresidentJoseph Estrada
President of National Livelihood Development Corporation
In office
October 1998 – June 15, 2000
PresidentJoseph Estrada
Personal details
Salvador Campo Medialdea

(1951-10-14) October 14, 1951 (age 69)
Manila, Philippines
Spouse(s)Maria Bertola Dizon Medialdea
ChildrenPaolo Angelo Dizon Medialdea
ResidenceMakati, Metro Manila
Alma materColegio de San Juan de Letran
San Beda College

Early life and educationEdit

Medialdea is the son of former Supreme Court Associate Justice Leo D. Medialdea who served from 1988 to 1992 under President Corazon Aquino. Born in Manila, Medialdea spent his early years in Davao City, where he was a childhood friend of President Rodrigo Duterte. He attended the Light Bringer School in the city before moving back to Manila to finish high school at Paco Catholic School. He received his BS Commerce Major in Management from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in 1972 and his law degree from San Beda College of Law in 1976. He passed the bar exams the following year.[3][4]


Left to right: Salvador Medialdea, Bong Go, Karlo Nograles, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta at the Vnukovo Base Airport in Moscow on October 5, 2019

Medialdea began his legal career as a senior associate at ACCRA Law Offices. He then worked as a partner at Pecabar Law Offices, the law firm of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Rene Cayetano, before becoming a managing partner at Medialdea Ata Bello Guevarra Suarez Law Firm (MABGS).[3]

From 1998 to 2000, he served as chairman of the Northern Foods Corporation based in Sarrat. He began work in government in 1998 at the Livelihood Corporation (now National Livelihood Development Corporation) upon the invitation of President Joseph Estrada. He became a member of the board of trustees and administrator of the government-owned corporation while also serving as chairman of the Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises. In 2000, he was appointed by Estrada as presidential assistant for political affairs.[3]

Medialdea still serves as partner at the MABGS law firm, whose clients include President Duterte. He is also director for Manchester International Holdings and Accette Insurance. He also served briefly as bar examiner for the Supreme Court in 2006.[3]

On May 8, 2018, President Duterte created the National Quincentennial Committee for the 500th anniversary commemoration of the arrival of the Magellan-Elcano expedition in the Philippine islands, appointing Medialdea as chairman of the committee. They held their inaugural meeting on June 29, 2018 in Baler, Aurora.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Medialdea is married to Maria Bertola "Betty" Dizon, a lawyer and head of an insurance company, with whom he has one son.[4] His family has roots in Davao City, Aklan and Ilocos. Outside of work, he enjoys playing piano and classical music. He was one of the producers of Miss Saigon in Manila in 2000 and formally closed the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.[4]


  1. ^ "Certification of Independent Director" (PDF). Melco Crown Philippines. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  2. ^ Ranada, P. (16 May 2016). "Medialdea is executive secretary, Panela is spokesman". Rappler. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Duterte Cabinet". Interaksyon. 1 June 2016. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Herrera, C. (23 May 2016). "Executive secretary is a mean piano player". The Standard. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  5. ^ "National Quincentennial Committee to launch commemorative activities". Philippine Information Agency. Quezon City. PIA-NCR. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Paquito Ochoa Jr.
Executive Secretary of the Philippines
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Ambassadors to the Philippines
(in order of tenure)
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Executive Secretary of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Karlo Nograles
as Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines
Preceded by
Charles John Brown
as Dean of the Diplomatic Corps