MANILA, Philippines - Constitutionalist and retired Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Regalado "Dodong" Maambong passed away at the age of 72 due to lingering illness.
The Cebuano jurist died last Friday and his remains now lie in state at the St. Peter's Memorial Chapel.
Chief Justice Renato Corona, who attended the wake Sunday night along with wife Cristina, described Maambong as a "great and brilliant man and a big loss in the legal circle."
"He was a great man. A constitutionalist, an election expert and a great jurist. Justice Maambong was a big loss to the legal circle and to the academe. His contributions in the field of law will never be forgotten," Corona said.
Maambong was one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution and also served in the executive and legislative branches.
He was a known expert in election laws and served as a Commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). He pushed for the full automation of the polls, a dream realized in the May 2010 elections.
His remains will be cremated on Wednesday at the Quezon City Columbarium and his ashes will be brought to his home province, Cebu.