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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

Who is Atty. Comafayt?


Attorney Errol Comafay Jr. in past years has been unwavering in his undertakings as an environmentalist and, recently, in the limelight for taking steps to fight for transparency in governance in the city of Tabuk.


Comafay is one of the anti-corruption crusaders in the city and was sued for cyber libel, along with other critics of the administration.


Such pursuits eventually prompted him to engage in yet another journey as he vied for a seat at the Sangguniang Panlungsod this May 2022 elections. Comafay saw that there is a great need for someone to represent the voice of the people on such controversial issues where others keep mum. One of his plans is to legislate pertinent ordinances that safeguard the interests of the people.

If elected as a legislator, he intends to promote more transparency in the local government and protection of the environment, and sustainable development. He is also keen on the preservation and promotion of Indigenous Customs.


Comafay who is fondly called ‘Atty. Pasiking’ is a supporter of youth and Senior citizens' sector empowerment and the promotion of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.

He also seeks to provide more support to uplift farmers and local entrepreneurs being the backbone of the local economy, as well as the improvement of public transport

Education


Comafay took his primary education at Bulanao South Elementary School, Bulanao Central Elementary School, and at Trinity College of Quezon City where he graduated in 1995.


He continued and finished high school at the Trinity College of Quezon City in 1999 and went to the University of Santo Tomas for his college studies. He finished his degree in Psychology in 2003.


Comafay pursued Bachelor of Laws at the same university where he graduated in 2008.


As of this writing, Comafay is taking his Masters of Law at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

Work


While he was still taking his college degree, Comafay was the scoutmaster of the High School department at the Trinity College of Quezon City from 2001 to 2003.


After passing the Bar, Comafay started practicing law in 2009. Apart from being a lawyer, he is a local entrepreneur being the owner of the Taraki Print Studio from 2009 to 2018.


Additionally, he taught at law schools from 2011 to 2021 and became the dean of the College of Law at Kalinga State University from 2015 to 2019.

Significant Cases Handled


As a practicing lawyer, he appeared before the Supreme Court for a Petition for Prohibition that led to the declaration of the Philippine Law School Admission Test as unconstitutional. This case was Pimentel, Comafay, et al., vs. Legal Education Board, G.R. No. 230642.


He worked on the petition to cause the return of the White Carabao landmark in Bulanao, Tabuk City to the center island of the road.

Comafay is behind the Petition for Writ of Kalikasan that led to the closure of the open dumpsite at the Chico Riverbank in Caluttit, Bontoc, Mountain Province.


Moreover, Comafay played a significant role in the environmental cases for the protection of the trees along the road in Tabuk City, Kalinga.


Organizations

Comafay is active in various organizations, such as the Kalinga Anti-Pollution Action Group and the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew-Holy Trinity Cathedral Chapter.


He is also the Public Relations Officer of the Trinity Scout Alumni Association and the Founding President of the Batas Tomasino.

He became one of the past Presidents of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Kalinga-Apayao Chapter and the Rotary Club of Metro Lucena.


Personal Background

Comafay, who remains single at present, was born on May 3, 1983, in Tabuk City, Kalinga to parents - the late Errol Oakes Comafay, who worked as an Engineer at the National Irrigation Administration, and mother Emily Songgay Bangloy-Comafay, a pharmacist.


His mother was also the one who established Tabuk Pharmacy, the first drug store in Bulanao, Tabuk City.


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