Justice Japar Babay Dimaampao takes his oath as the 191st Associate Justice of the Supreme Court before Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo at the Session Hall of the Supreme Court earlier today. With him is his wife, Maria Gina Perez Villapañe.
Justice Dimaampao fills up the post vacated by now Chief Justice Gesmundo.
Prior to his appointment to the SC, Justice Dimaampao served as an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals (CA) for more than 17 years and was the Chairperson of the its 3rd Division. He previously served as a prosecutor and then as Executive Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Mandaluyong City.
A graduate of the University of East College of Law, Justice Dimaampao has taught at his alma mater, San Beda College of Law University of Santos Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, and De La Salle University College of Law, among others. He was a Pedro Concepcion Professorial Chairholder for Commercial Law and the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chairholder in Taxation Law. Justice Dimaampao is also a member of the Committee on Bar Examinations in Commercial Law and Taxation. He was the 2013 and 2016 Bar Examiner in Civil Law, and the 2019 Bar Examiner in Taxation. He was also the 2006 Shari’ah Bar Examiner on Succession, Wills, Adjudication and Settlement of Estate, and was the Chairperson of the 16th Special Shari’ah Bar, held in 2020. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Chief Justice)