Justice Perez has the distinction of being the Supreme Court’s first “homegrown” Justice, having spent all the years of his professional life in the Court’s storied halls before assuming office as SC Associate Justice on December 26, 2009, replacing Senior Justice Leonardo A. Quisumbing.
Born on December 14, 1946, Justice Perez graduated in the top ten of his class in both his political science and law studies at the University of the Philippines. His academic achievements gained him entry to the Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Gamma MuHonor Societies as well as the Order of the Purple Feather, the UP Law Honor Society.
Fresh out of law school in 1971, the young Justice Perez first worked in the Court as a legal assistant in the Office of the Reporter. In 1977 he became a confidential attorney in the Office of Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro; in 1980 supervising attorney in the Office of the Chief Attorney where he rose to the position of Assistant Chief. In 1987, he was promoted to Deputy Clerk of Court and Chief of the Office of the Reporter.
In 1996, he was named Assistant Court Administrator, and in 2000, was appointed Deputy Court Administrator. In 2008, he was promoted to Court Administrator.’s College (elementary) in 1959. He is married to Expedita Perez (neé Sabile), a retired human resource management officer in the Department of Assessment of the City of Manila. They are blessed with three children – Jerico, Zernan, and Donnabelle.