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Supreme Court Justice Fidel P. Purisima (Ret.) succumbed to lingering illness around noontime yesterday, September 19, 2013. He was 82.
Born on October 28, 1930 in San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur, Justice Purisima obtained his degree in law from the Far Eastern University cum laude in 1953. He passed the Bar exams the same year with a grade of 90.25%.
He was appointed Auxiliary Justice of the Peace (Municipal Judge) in General Santos City in 1956. He was elected Councilor in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat, and later as Provincial Board Member and Acting Governor of South Cotabato.
He was a delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention, representing South Cotabato and General Santos City.
Justice Purisima rejoined the Judiciary in 1976, serving as Executive Judge at the Court of First Instance in Bulacan. He was Associate Justice at the Sandiganbayan from 1982 to 1984. He was named Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals in 1997, until his appointment as Supreme Court Justice in January 1998. He retired in October 2000.
Justice Purisima’s remains are now at Sanctuario de San Antonio Parish in Makati City, his wife Josefina (nee Lim) told the SC Office of the Clerk of Court En Banc. Necrological services will held at the same parish on Monday, Sept. 23. Cremation will be on the next day, Sept. 24, after the 9 a.m.mass at a venue yet to be announced.
Justice Purisima is survived by Josefina; children Cesar, Dalla, and Grace; and grandchildren.###