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Ret. SC Justice Hugo E. Gutierrez, Jr. Passes Away

June 12, 2013

Justice Gutierrez's remains will lie in state at the Tulip Room, 2nd Floor of the Sanctuarium, located along Araneta Avenue in Quezon City and may be viewed starting in the morning of June 13, Thursday, until the evening of June 15, Saturday. His body will be cremated on Sunday, June 16, and his ashes subsequently brought to Lubao, Pampanga of which he was a native. Visitors are requested to omit flowers.

He is survived by his spouse Esperanza and son Daniel and grandchildren. His daughter Mae Carolyn has passed away earlier.

He had been in and out of the hospital for the last two years, and for the last three weeks had been in the Critical Care Unit of the the St. Luke's Medical Center Quezon City.

Before joining the Court, Justice Gutierrez worked with the Office of the Solicitor General. While sitting on the SC as Justice, he became well known for his adherence to civil liberties.

He was part of the Committee which worked on the Fundamentals of Decision Writing for Judges, a quick-guide on decision writing for trial judges. His last known project with the Court, Fundamentals was published and released in 2009 by the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA).

Appointed to the SC by both the late Presidents Ferdinand E. Marcos and Corazon C. Aquino, Justice Gutierrez served as member of the High Tribunal from May 14, 1982 until March 13, 1993.

Justice Gutierrez earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippine (UP) College of Law in 1952. He passed the Philippine Bar that same year with a grade of 89.05%. He has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, honoris causa, from St. Anthony University.

Prior to his SC appointment, he served as, among others, Legal Supervisor of the US Veterans Administration and has held various positions in the Social Security System. He was also a Professor of Law and Bar Reviewer at UP. He also served as Assistant Solicitor General and Court of Appeals Justice. He was appointed to the SC by President Marcos on May 14, 1982 and was re-appointed by President Aquino in April 1986.

Justice Gutierrez was a Professorial Lecturer of PHILJA in 2004 and was Chairman Emeritus of its Constitutional Law Department from 2006-2010.

Among his awards and grants were Jurist of the Decade from the UP Law Alumni Association, De Witt Fellowships from the University of Michigan, Fulbright-Hayes Grant, and Leader Grant from the US International Visitor Program. ###