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JUSTICE Bienvenido L. Reyes

Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido L. Reyes was born in Obando, Bulacan on July 6, 1947 to Fidel Reyes and Timotea Lorenzo Reyes. He got married on March 18, 1973 to Teresita Jacinta Bautista-Reyes, a University of the Philippines Graduate with a Degree in Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and a Masters Degree in Library Science.  They are blessed with two sons, Dennis Michael (with whom he has a beautiful granddaughter named Mary Dominique), and Benson Michael.

Justice Reyes obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 1967.  Immediately after college, he went to pursue his Bachelor of Laws Degree at San Beda College and finished the same in 1971.  He passed the Bar Examinations in the same year with a rating of 81.6 percent.

During his younger years, he engaged in private practice and became a partner at Albano Reyes and Sansano Law Offices from 1972 to 1974.  A year after, he became a Media Specialist at the Department of Public Information in Malacanang, Manila. Thereafter, he held various positions in private corporations such as   Vice President for Corporate and Legal Affairs of the R.C. Silverio Group of Companies (1976-1981) consisting of the following: Sterling Life Assurance Corporation, Filriters Guaranty Assurance Corporation, Philippine Underwriters' Finance Corporation, Philfinance Securities Corporation, Silver Lines, Inc., Silvertrade Inc., and Celebrity Sports Plaza.  In 1977 to 1990, he engaged in the formulation of policies, objectives and guidelines relative to the operations of various firms either as Director, Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel in the following firms: Core Finance & Leasing Corporation, Triple One Management and Development Corporation, Intra Strata Assurance Corporation, Best Security Agency, Sterling Properties, Inc., Intent Pacific Management Corporation, Dupels, Inc.,  Aurorama, Inc., and Railwayana, Inc. 

Justice Reyes also became Managing Partner atthe Reyes Daway Lim Bernardo Lindo and Rosales Law Offices in 1981 to 1990; He was Board Secretary and Vice President of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation from 1988 to 1990, and Chairman of the Board of the Celebrity Sports Plaza (1990-1996). 

In 1990, he took on the challenge of public service and began his career in the judiciary as Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court, Malabon City.  On August 8, 2000, he was appointed Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals.

While treading his way towards his remarkable career as a lawyer, Justice Reyes was a recipient of various awards and recognitions from different organizations and institutions which stood witness to his enduring commitment to the profession.  In 1998, he was awarded the Most Outstanding Alumnus by his high school alma mater, Colegio de San Pascual Baylon.  Two years after, he was given the Plaque of Distinction for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Law and Jurisprudence by the Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc. and a Certificate of Recognition by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Calmanava Chapter for his exemplary achievement as an RTC Judge of Malabon. He was also given a Certificate of Recognition in the field of Law and Jurisprudence by   the San Beda College of Law in July 2002.  In 2003, he was recipient of Gawad Dangal ng Obando, Natatanging Obandeňo Award for being the Most Outstanding Citizen of Obando, Bulacan in the field of law.     

In 2011, he received the following:  Gawad bilang Kasaping Pandangal (IBP Gat Marcelo H. del Pilar Bulacan Chapter); Fraternal Scroll of Distinction (Lex Talionis Fraternitas, Inc. ); Pagkilala - Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Bulacan; the Outstanding Bedan Law Alumni Award, 2012 Distinguished Bedan Award, and the Huwarang Anak ng Bulacan 2012 in the field of JudiciaryThe most recent award he received is the Ulirang Ama Award given by the National Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Foundation Inc. on June 16, 2013.

During his stint as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, he received recognition for having achieved Zero Backlog in his docket as of November 2010. Ninety five percent of his decisions which were elevated to the Supreme Court were affirmed.    He left the Court of Appeals on August 23, 2011 when he was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by His Excellency President Benigno Aquino III, with a very clean docket.