This Month in History



– The Revised Rules of Court are promulgated in 1964

– The Amended Rules of Criminal Procedure take effect in 1985

– The Judicial Affidavit Rule takes effect in 2013

– In 1853, the Court’s 15th Associate Justice and its 3rd Chief Justice, Hon. Manuel G. Araullo, was born.

2 – Japanese forces occupy the City of Manila in 1942

3 – The Japanese Military Administration in the Philippines is established in 1942

5 – Hon. Fred Ruiz Castro is appointed as 12th Chief Justice in 1976

12 – Hon. Abdulwahid A. Bidin is the first Muslim appointed Justice of the Supreme Court in 1987

13 – U.S. House of Representatives passes the Hare-Hawes Cutting Independence Act in 1933; four days later, the U.S. Senate passes the Act

– The Supreme Court is honored as “Filipino of the Year” by the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 2002

17 – President Ferdinand E. Marcos lifts Martial Law in 1981

– People Power II commences at EDSA with the withdrawal of popular support from President Joseph E. Estrada in 2001

20 – The First Philippine Commission (Schurman Commission) is created in 1899

– The Japanese Congress grants “independence” to the Philippines in 1942

– President Joseph E. Estrada steps down from Malacañang in 2001

– Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. swears in Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as President in 2001

21 – The Malolos Constitution is proclaimed and the First Philippine Republic is established in 1899

22 – Proc. No. 229 is issued, declaring February 19, 2000 and every year thereafter as Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos Day

23 – The First Philippine Republic at Malolos, Bulacan, with General Emilio F. Aguinaldo as President, is inaugurated in 1899

24 – A royal order confirms the royal decree of May 29, 1885 separating judicial and executive powers in 1887

26 – Hon. Jose Y. Yulo is appointed as 6th Chief Justice in 1942

30 – The Audiencia Territorial de Manila with Cayetano L. Arellano as President replaces the Real Audiencia in 1899

– The first national elections since the proclamation of Martial Law are held in 1980