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Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin

Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on April 2, 2009 by President Arroyo. He was then sitting as a Member of the Court of Appeals, to which he had been appointed on March 10, 2003 also by President Arroyo. Prior to his stint in the Court of Appeals, he had served as the Presiding Judge of Branch 96 of the Regional Trial Court Judge in Quezon City continuously since November 5, 1986. Chief Justice Bersamin hails from Bangued, Abra, where he was born on October 18, 1949 to the late Dr. Luis F. Bersamin, Sr., a World War II veteran and survivor of the infamous...

Justice Antonio T. Carpio

Born in Davao City, Philippines, Justice Antonio T. Carpio was sworn in as member of the Supreme Court on October 26, 2001. Justice Carpio obtained his law degree from the College of Law of the University of the Philippines where he graduated valedictorian and cum laude in 1975. He placed sixth in the 1975 Bar Examinations. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Ateneo de Manila University in 1970. In his student days, Justice Carpio was Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal of the U.P. College of Law. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Guidon, the school paper of Ateneo de Manila University. He also served as Managing Editor of the Philippine Collegian, the school paper of the...

Justice Diosdado M. Peralta

On January 13, 2009, then Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Diosdado M. Peralta was named as Supreme Court Associate Justice. He is the third Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice to be appointed to the High Tribunal. Justice Peralta finished his Bachelor of Science degree at the San Juan de Letran in 1974 before pursuing law at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, where he graduated in 1979. On April 9, 2010, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa by the Northwestern University, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. His government service started in 1987, when he was appointed Third Assistant City Fiscal in Laoag City and, later, assigned to the Prosecutor's Office in...

Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo

Justice del Castillo obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree major in Political Science from the San Beda College in 1971 (where he garnered second honors and was awarded a silver medal in his junior year) and graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University College of Law with a degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1976. He passed the Bar Examination in the same year. After practicing law, a brief stint in banking and working with the Araneta Group of Companies, he joined the Judiciary in 1989 as Municipal Trial Court Judge of San Mateo, Rizal. He was promoted to Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge of Angeles City in 1992, and in 1995, was named RTC Judge...

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 Francis H. Jardeleza

Justice Francis H. Jardeleza served as Solicitor General of the Republic of the Philippines from February 2012 until his appointment as the 173rd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on August 20, 2014. He also served as Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon. As Solicitor General, Justice Jardeleza argued many cases before the Supreme Court, notably the constitutional challenges to the Cybercrime Law and the Reproductive Health Law. He also served as Agent for the Republic of the Philippines and Head of the Philippine legal team handling the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Annex VII arbitration with China, in relation to the West Philippine Sea maritime disputes. As Agent of the Republic, he...

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....