Retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez has been appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III to the Judicial and Bar Council, the constitutional body charged with selecting the nominees for appointment to the judiciary and the positions of Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsman. She replaces retired SC Justice Regino Hermosisima, Jr. and will serve for four years.
Prior to her appointment to the JBC, Justice Gutierrez served as the Dean of the Graduate School of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. She holds the distinction of being the first and so far the only woman graduate of the University of Santo Tomas College of Civil Law appointed to the Supreme Court. She was the lone Supreme Court appointee of President Joseph Estrada.
Justice Gutierrez served in the High Court from December 7, 2000 to February 28, 2008. She was a career jurist, starting in 1983 as Manila Metropolitan Trial Court judge before being appointed in 1986 as Manila Regional Trial Court judge. In 1991, she was appointed Justice of the Court of Appeals. She has continued to be active in work related to the judiciary and occasional assignments given by the Supreme Court; her most recent assignment was to investigate allegations of wrongdoing levelled against SB Associate Justice Gregory Ong.