MANILA- (UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando as the newest magistrate of the Supreme Court, his aide said Wednesday.
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said Hernando will be filling up the vacancy left by former SC associate justice and now Ombudsman Samuel Martires.
Hernando is Duterte's seventh appointee to the 15-member Supreme Court after assuming the presidency in mid-2016.
He bested out Court of Appeals Justices Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia, Manuel Barrios, Apolinario Bruselas, Jr., Rosmari Carandang, Edgardo De Los Santos, and Amy Lazaro-Javier as well as Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez for the plum Supreme Court post.
Prior to his appointment at the top court, Hernando was an associate justice of the appellate court.
He earned his Bachelor of Laws from the San Beda College of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1991.
He later pursued post-graduate studies at the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business and San Beda Graduate School of Law.
Before serving at the appellate court, Hernando was a regional trial court judge in San Pablo City, Laguna and Quezon City. He also worked as a state prosecutor.
Hernando is also active in the academe, teaching commercial law and civil law at the University of Santo Tomas-Faculty of Civil Law, Far Eastern University Institute of Law, University of San Carlos School of Law and Governance, and Angeles University Foundation School of Law.
-report from Dexter Ganibe and Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News