New SC Justice Rosario: From Security Guard to Magistrate

October 9, 2020

Justice Ricardo R. Rosario is sworn in by Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta as the 189th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines at the En Banc Session Hall today.

Prior to his appointment to the High Court, Justice Rosario served as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals (CA) for 15 years and was Chair of the 9th Division.

Justice Rosario started from humble beginnings. As the fourth of thirteen siblings, he worked his way through College taking up Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Far Eastern University.

He once worked as a messenger for the Employees’ Compensation Commission in 1976 and then as Security Guard for the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel for a few months in 1977, until his promotion to a Clerk position. Inspired by his lawyer father, Eduardo Rosario, he then took up law at the Ateneo University School of Law from 1979-1983.

His entire professional career has been with government service. He secured his first job as a lawyer in the Legal Department of the National Bureau of Investigation as Legal Officer. This paved the path for his long and illustrious career as a government lawyer when he became Corporate Attorney for the Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System from 1986 to 1994. In March 1994, he was appointed as Assistant City Prosecutor in Quezon City, and in 1997, as Presiding Judge of the Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila, Branch 19, and then as Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Makati City, Branch 66, where he served until his promotion to the CA as an Associate Justice in September 2005.

He is married to Maridur Virtucio (in red) and they have three children, (from left) Miguel Antonio, Anna Margarita, and Allyssa Martha (not in photo).

Born on October 15, 1958, he will mandatorily retire on his 70th birthday in 2028.

Witnessing his oath taking are Supreme Court Associate Justices, Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Remedios A. Salazar-Fernando, and CA Associate Justice Fernanda Lampas Peralta. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)