Duterte appoints CA Chief as new SC justice

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 13 2017 04:11 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2017 11:44 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte has made his third appointment to the Supreme Court (SC), in the person of Court of Appeals (CA) Presiding Justice Andres Reyes, Jr.

Reyes fills up the post vacated by Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, who retired on July 6 upon reaching the age of 70, the mandatory age of retirement in the judiciary.

The incoming 177th magistrate of the high court is a third-generation justice: his grandfather, Alex Reyes, served as SC associate justice, and his father, Andres, Sr., was also CA presiding justice.

Reyes finished his elementary and secondary education at La Salle, Greenhills. He studied economics at De La Salle University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Saint Mary's College, California.

He obtained his Bachelor of Laws and Master of Public Administration degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University and Philippine Women's University, respectively.

While studying law, Reyes worked as his father's private secretary at the appellate court.

He passed the Bar Examinations in 1978, and thereafter served as a prosecutor and later as chief legal officer of the Office of the Tanodbayan.

He first joined the judiciary in 1987 as judge of the Metropolitan Trial Court, Branch 61, Makati, and became judge of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 75, San Mateo, Rizal in 1990.

He was appointed associate justice of the CA in 1999, bringing to 18 years his stint at the appellate court.

Duterte's first appointees to the high court are Associate Justices Samuel Martires and Noel Tijam.