Palace mourns ex-Corona defender Cuevas

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 10 2014 03:32 PM | Updated as of Feb 10 2014 11:32 PM

MANILA - Malacañang expressed sadness over the death of former Supreme Court Justice Serafin Cuevas even if he represented former Chief Justice Renato Corona in the impeachment proceedings.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda described Cuevas as an "eminent jurist" and a "well-respected member of the legal community."

"He has been an eminent jurist and a well-respected member of the legal community, as well as the academic community… While he has represented interests adverse to the government, we have always shown our respect with each other, and we truly mourn the passing of Justice Serafin Cuevas," Lacierda said.

The Supreme Court earlier said veteran lawyer and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas passed away on Sunday. He was 85.

Cuevas, a graduate of University of the Philippines College of Law, served as the lead defense counsel in the impeachment trial of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

He also worked as justice secretary under the administration of former President Joseph Estrada. He was an associate justice during the Marcos administration.

Cuevas was the Supreme Court's 106th Associate Justice, serving from June 1, 1984 to April 16, 1986.

He was a known lawyer of the influential Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) and a former chairman of New Era University, which was established by the INC.