In a sea of veteran politicians and legal luminaries, it is easy to dismiss Niel Tupas Jr. as the saling pusa of the proceedings. With his skinny ties, lithe frame, and boyish haircut that remind us of that one boy we know who always gets their hair done by the old neighborhood barbero, Tupas comes off as someone you can easily pushover.
With the prosecution’s lackluster performance, Tupas constantly takes one for the team as he is their captain. An attorney for only 12 years with half of that span of time spent as a politician, he is always barraged by criticism that he isn’t ready to do the kind of lawyering required to convict a Chief Justice, much less lead the prosecution team.
Despite this, his academic records reveal that he was one of the brightest in his batch, graduating Magna Cum Laude in his undergraduate years and landing a spot in the top 20 of his law school batch in the University of the Philippines.