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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Ricardo Ma. Palma Gil Ongkiko

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Litigation and Arbitration.


Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko is a partner in SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. He heads the firm's Litigation Department and is a member of its Executive Committee. His practice areas include international and domestic arbitration, construction arbitration, mediation, civil and commercial litigation, corporation law, and contract law.

He has handled and tried a broad range of cases involving contract disputes, corporate restructuring and arbitration, debt recovery, infrastructure and engineering disputes, intra-corporate controversies, insurance cases, and tort. He also has extensive experience in international and domestic arbitration dealing with commercial and construction disputes. Mr. Ongkiko has also provided corporate compliance services, having served as director and corporate secretary of several corporations.


Mr. Ongkiko entered SyCipLaw as a legal assistant in November 1988 after taking the Philippine Bar. He became junior associate in 1989 after he passed the Philippine Bar.

He worked briefly with Kinsella Boesch Fujikawa & Towle Law Offices (Los Angeles) as a foreign attorney in 1992 after his graduate studies, before returning to SyCipLaw. He was promoted to senior associate in 1994 and was admitted into the partnership in 1997.

Mr. Ongkiko is a contributor to several publications, including the Philippine Chapters of Herbert Smith’s Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia, Norton Rose’s Arbitration in Asia, and Kluwer Law International’s International Civil Procedure. He was co-author of the Philippine Chapters of Getting the Deal Through: Restructuring & Insolvency 2012, Aspatore, Inc.’s Winning Legal Strategies: International Litigation: A Country-By-Country Look at Negotiations, Trials, and Successful Dispute Resolution in Major Markets Around the Globe, Global White Page Section’s The Asia-Pacific Restructuring and Insolvency Guide 2006, and Multilaw and Oceana Publication’s Digest of Commercial Laws of the World.


English, Filipino, and Basic Mandarin.


Mr. Ongkiko is a member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch) and the Makati Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, where he was director from 1997 to 1999 and secretary from 1999 to 2001. He is a trustee, vice president for development, and accredited arbitrator of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, and a trustee, assistant corporate secretary, and accredited arbitrator of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. He is a member of the Philippine Institute of Construction Arbitrators and Mediators, and an accredited arbitrator of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission. He is also a Philippine Supreme Court-accredited mediator for the Philippine Court of Appeals.


Mr. Ongkiko earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1984, magna cum laude) and Bachelor of Laws (1988, cum laude, class salutatorian) degrees from the University of the Philippines. He earned his Master of Laws (1992) from the University of Michigan.


Mr. Ongkiko loves to play golf in his free time.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Ricardo Ongkiko heads the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô dispute resolution practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, with strong support from Emmanuel Lombos and Carlos Lopez. The team provides ‚Äėimpressive legal analysis and strategic thinking‚Äô, with particular expertise in civil, criminal and administrative litigation. Most recently, it successfully defended PLDT in a high-value landmark Supreme Court case on ownership of public utilities.

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