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Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta

Born in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, to former Digos City, Davao del Sur and Manila Court of First Instance Judge Elviro Lazo Peralta and public school teacher Catalina Madarang Peralta, Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta started his career in government service in 1987 when he was appointed Third Assistant City Fiscal of Laoag City. In 1988, he was assigned to the Prosecutor's Office in the City of Manila.  He later became the Assistant Chief of the Investigation Division of the Office of the City Prosecutor in the early part of 1994. In September 1994, Chief Justice Peralta was appointed as Presiding Judge of Branch 95 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Quezon City, which was designated as a Special Criminal Court on...

Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe

On September 16, 2011, the appointment of then Court of Appeals Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court completed the 15-member High Tribunal before the year ended. Justice Perlas-Bernabe replaced Justice Conchita Carpio Morales who, after retiring in June 2011, has since been named Ombudsman. Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, a native of Plaridel, Bulacan completed her pre-law studies, Bachelor of Science in Commerce, at St. Paul College Manila graduatingmagna cum laude in 1972. After earning her law degree from the Ateneo College of Law, graduating salutatorian, and passing the Bar in 1976, she immediately joined the Judiciary as Technical Assistant in the office of then Justice Lorenzo Relova....

Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen

EducationLL.M, Columbia University, New York (2004)LL.B, University of the Philippines (1987)(Signed Roll of Attorneys, May 28, 1988)LL.B, University of the PhilippinesB.A., University of the Philippines Marvic M.V.F. Leonen is currently an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He is the Former Dean and Professor of Law at the University of the Philippines College of Law since 1989. He graduated with an AB Economics degree, magna cum laude, from the School of Economics in 1983. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the College of Law in 1987 ranking fourth. Later that year, he cofounded the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, Inc, a legal and policy research and advocacy insitution which...

Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa

Justice Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa is the 174th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment on January 22, 2016, Justice Caguioa began his government service in the Executive Department, serving as Secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel (CPLC) to former President Benigno C. Aquino III. As DOJ Secretary and Attorney-General of the government, Justice Caguioa rendered legal advice and opinions to government agencies and to government-owned and -controlled corporations. At the DOJ, he introduced reforms to streamline the agency’s operations and improve the quality of DOJ services to its stakeholders. He exercised supervision and control over the offices of the DOJ and exercised administrative supervision over DOJ-attached agencies such...

Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo

Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo was appointed to the Supreme Court as Associate Justice on August 14, 2017.  Previously, he was Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan, appointed on October 15, 2005, where he served as Chairperson of its 7th Division and as co-Chairperson of the Sandiganbayan Committee on Rules. Justice Gesmundo obtained his law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1984 and passed the Bar in April 1985. He entered government service in August 1985 as Trial Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General. He was awarded Most Outstanding Solicitor in 1998.  In August 2002, he was promoted to Assistant Solicitor General. He was on Seconded Appointment as Commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government from July 17, 1998...

Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando

Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando was born in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on August 27, 1966. His primary years of schooling, from 1972 to 1978, were spent at the Tuguegarao East Central School. He later went to St. Louis High School of Tuguegarao for his secondary education, graduating with the Class of 1982. In 1986, he earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the Pontifical University of Sto. Tomas, paving the way for his eventual enrollment in law school, a boyhood wish. San Beda College of Law bestowed on him the Bachelor of Laws degree in 1990. Prior to his admission to the Bar in 1992, Justice Hernando already...

Justice Rosmari D. Carandang

Justice Rosmari D. Carandang was born in Ilog, Taal, Batangas, and a daughter of two public school teachers, Sixto and Loreto Carandang. She is a consistent valedictorian from her grade school days at San Luis Elementary School to fourth year high school at Batangas West High School. A college scholar for four semesters, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science at the University of the Philippines. Also from the same university, she obtained her Bachelor of Laws graduating Salutatorian of the class and Cum Laude in 1975. She garnered 9th place in the 1975 Bar examinations. Before she joined the Judiciary, Justice Carandang was connected with private financial and government institutions....

Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (From March 7, 2019 to date)Held the post of Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals (From September 13, 2007 to March 6, 2019)Vice Chairperson of Committee on Gender Responsiveness in the Judiciary (CGRJ) - (July 25, 2019) and Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Oversight Sub-Committee (June 26, 2019) Held a zero backlog case docket as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals.2011 BAR EXAMINER in Political Law.2012-2013 – Member, Supreme Court Sub-Committee on Revision of Rules of CivilProcedure.Law Professor from 1983 to March 2019 at the UST Faculty of Civil Law, teaching Constitutional Law, Commercial Law, Civil Law, Remedial Law and Legal Ethics.Bar Reviewer in Constitutional Law, Remedial Law...

Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting

Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Ateneo de Davao University in 1982 where he graduated cum laude. Prior thereto, he earned a degree in Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology from the University of San Carlos Cebu. He completed his elementary and secondary education from Ateneo de Davao. For more than thirty years, he has devoted his entire career to public service. In 1978, as a working law student, he started as Clerk in the Bureau of Lands and, a year later, as Legal Researcher in the City Court of Davao City. After passing the 1982 Bar Examinations, he began his legal career as Senior Corporate Attorney in the National Housing Authority in 1983,...

Justice Rodil V. Zalameda

Justice Rodil V. Zalameda was sworn in as a member of the Supreme Court of the Philippines by Chief Justice Lucas P. Beramin on August 6, 2019. Justice Zalameda’s appointment completed the 15-member roster of the High Tribunal. Born in Caloocan City on August 2, 1963, Justice Zalameda obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1987 under an academic scholarship grant. A member of the Fraternal Order of Utopia, he was a dean's lister and served as Associate Editor of the Ateneo Law Journal and a senior staff member of the Ateneo Law Bulletin. After passing the Bar examinations in 1988, he joined the Judiciary...

Justice Mario V. Lopez

Justice Mario Villamor Lopez became Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on December 5, 2019. His illustrious career began when he pursued Bachelor of Laws in San Beda College where he graduated with Cum Laude Honors. Throughout his study, Justice Lopez was noted for his remarkable proficiency and was one of the celebrated Top Thirty in the 1980 Bar Examinations. His involvement in the judiciary started after law school as technical assistant in the Supreme Court (1981-1983) before working as Hearing Officer in the Supervision and Examination Sector, Central Bank of the Philippines (1983-1985). He served in the Government as Special Prosecution Officer with the Office of the Ombudsman until his appointment as RTC Judge of Batangas City in...

Justice Edgardo L. Delos Santos

Associate Justice Edgardo Lao Delos Santos was born on June 12, 1952 to fisherman Francisco Diongzon Delos Santos and housewife Basilisa Pajaron Lao in the town of Palompon, Leyte.  During his elementary and high school years, Justice Delos Santos was a consistent honor student and class president despite having to overcome financial dire straits by assisting in his father’s fishing expeditions and peddling food items.  After finishing his basic education, he initially took up Pre-Med in the University of San Carlos before shifting to AB Political Science.  He eventually took up Bachelor of Laws in the same university, graduated in 1977, and passed the Bar Examinations in 1978. Having risen from the ranks, Justice Delos Santos started his career as Legal Researcher –...

Justice Samuel H. Gaerlan

Justice Samuel H. Gaerlan was born on December 19, 1958 in San Juan, La Union.  He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda College in 1983 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar the year after. He started his professional career as a private practitioner, serving as lead counsel, Executive Director and/or Corporate Secretary of various companies and associations.  Among others, he worked for the Philippine Association of Securities, Brokers and Dealers, Inc. and Securities Investors Protection Fund, Inc. Heeding the call and finding fulfillment in the greater goal of administering justice, he became Public Attorney II of the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) under the Department of Justice (DOJ) from 1990 to 1993.  Then, he joined the bench and climbed...

Justice Priscilla J. Baltazar-Padilla

Justice Priscilla J. Baltazar-Padilla was born on July 2, 1958 in Manila, the youngest of eight children born to spouses Adolfo Baltazar and Lourdes Joson. She is married to Atty. Venancio B. Padilla, a private practitioner and former Law Dean. Their union is blessed with a sole daughter Queenie Venessi, now married to Kenneth Malibiran. She has three grandchildren, namely Kaylee Nessi, Klyde Nathan, and Kyla Natasha. She finished both her elementary and secondary education at the National Teachers College in Manila. Mainly due to diligence and hardwork, she was a consistent honor student. She graduated valedictorian in elementary as well as in high school, with various awards/recognitions in academic and non-academic pursuits.

Justice Ricardo R. Rosario

Justice Ricardo de Rivera Rosario was born on October 15, 1958 to Atty. Eduardo Gutierrez Rosario of Pangasinan and Mrs. Anita Alvarez De Rivera of Aparri, Cagayan. He is the fourth of thirteen siblings: Ma. Elena, Eduardo Jr., Benjamin, (Ricardo), Ma. Elizabeth, Renato, Ma. Theresa, Ma. Anita, Enrico, Edgardo, Rossano, Ma. Cristina and Bernard. Justice Rosario obtained his pre-law degree in Political Science from the Far Eastern University in 1979, and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1983. He is a proud member of the Aquila Legis Fraternity. After passing the Bar in 1984, Justice Rosario began his legal career as a Legal Officer at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), followed...