MANILA - (UPDATE) Retired judge Ricardo Puno, Sr. has passed away, his family confirmed Wednesday.
"Today, my dad, Justice Ricardo C. Puno Sr., joined his Creator," his son, former House Deputy Speaker Roberto Puno, said in a Facebook post.
There were no other immediate details about the elder Puno's passing.
Puno finished law at the Manuel L. Quezon University and got admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1949.
He spent 22 years in public service, according to his profile at Puno & Puno Law Offices, the law firm he founded with his son Ricardo, Jr.
The elder Puno first served as a judge at the Court of First Instance in 1965, later serving as Justice of the Court of Appeals, assemblyman of the Batasang Pambansa and Minister of Justice.
He had wanted to be a priest but abandoned his plan to enter the Jesuit order when he met his wife, their son Roberto said.
The Department of Justice on Wednesday said it would hold a necrological service for Puno at the request of his family.
"The entire DOJ family grieves the passing of one of their most illustrious department secretaries, who served as head of the agency for several years," Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told reporters in a text message.
-with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News