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Retired Supreme Court Justice Cancio C. Garcia died of a heart attack on October 15, 2013. He was 75. Justice Garcia was named to the SC on October 7, 2004, by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, as the Court's 156 Justice.
Born on October 30, 1937 in Aligtagtag, Batangas to Juan Garcia and Benedicta Castillo, Justice Garcia began his 46-year government career in 1962 with the Legal Office of the Office of the President. He worked as a solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor General in 1972 before he joined the Judiciary as City Judge of Branch 1, Caloocan City in 1974. He was appointed Regional Trial Court Judge in Angeles City and then in Caloocan City.
In 1988, Justice Garcia returned to the Executive Branch as Assistant Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs but later rejoined the Judiciary in December 1990 as an Associate Justice of the CA. He served at that post until March 13, 2001. He was later appointed Acting Presiding Justice, a position he held twice – from March 14 to July 29, 2001 and April 11, 2002 to April 8, 2003 – before he was finally named CA Presiding Justice on April 9, 2003.
Justice Garcia completed his elementary education at the P. Gomez Elementary School and his secondary education at the Arellano (Public) High School, both in Manila. He is an alumnus of the University of the Philippines, where he also finished law in 1961. He obtained a post-graduate degree in Public Administration as a government scholar from the University of Santo Tomas in 1967. He took a special course at the Harvard Law School in June 2000 and co-authored the book A Study of the Philippine Constitution with Justice Jose A.R. Melo, Prof. Perfecto V. Fernandez, and Judge Aloysius Alday.
An Ulirang Ama Sectoral Awardee 2002 for Law and Judiciary, Justice Garcia was also a recipient of the Parangal ng Bayan Award in Law and Judiciary.
Interment will be on October 24, at the Eternal Gardens in Caloocan City. Necrological services will be held at 1 p.m. at the SC in Padre Faura, Manila after a 10 a.m. mass at the Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Marilao, Bulacan.
Justice Garcia is survived by wife the former Emeteria L. Reyes and their four children.###