Harriet Demetriou

Harriet Demetriou
Chairman of the Commission on Elections
In office
January 11, 1999  February 15, 2001
Appointed by Joseph Estrada
Preceded by Luzviminda Tancangco
Succeeded by Alfredo Benipayo
Personal details
Nationality Filipino

Harriet Obias Demetriou is a Filipino lawyer and was the first Chairwoman of the Philippine election commission, the COMELEC, appointed by President Joseph Estrada. She is one of the only four woman appointed to the Philippine Election Commission.

Comelec Post

On January 11, 1999 President Estrada appointed Sandiganbayan Justice Harriet Demetriou as Chairman of the Commission. After the events of January 2001 that led to the ouster of President Estrada from power, Demetriou tendered her courtesy resignation which was accepted by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.


Former Commission of Elections chair Harriet Demetriou is the lead counsel for the core officers of the Magdalo group who led the siege on the Oakwood hotel last July 27.[1]

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Preceded by
Luzviminda Tancangco
COMELEC Chairman
January 11, 1999 February 15, 2001
Succeeded by
Alfredo Benipayo


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