Senate honors SC retirees Jose Perez, Arturo Brion
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate has adopted two resolutions honoring newly retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Perez and outgoing Associate Justice Arturo Brion, who is set to vacate his post by the end of the year.
The Senate approved Senate Resolution Numbers 254 and 255 – for Perez and Brion, respectively – the same day they were filed on Tuesday, December 15.
Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the committee on justice and human rights, filed the two measures a day before the 17th Congress adjourned session for the Christmas break.
Both resolutions “recognize the achievements and contributions to the judiciary and to the Filipino people” of Perez and Brion.
Perez retired on Wednesday, December 14, as he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 while Brion is set to retire on December 29.
The Senate cited Perez for being the first “homegrown” justice, starting out as Technical Assistant in 1972 after passing the bar exams. He then rose from the ranks after then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed him as Court Administrator on July 10, 2008, and subsequently as the 167th Associate Justice of the SC.
Among the notable ponencias of Perez are the law creating a new district of Camarines Sur – a move seen to accommodate Arroyo’s son Dato, the disqualification of former Marinduque Representative Regina Reyes from the 2013 midterm polls because of citizenship and residency issues, and the landmark ruling that declared Senator Grace Poe a natural born Filipino citizen, allowing her to run for president. (READ: LOOK BACK: High-profile ponencias of retiring SC Justice Jose Perez)
Brion, for his part, was cited for having served in the 3 branches of government – as an assemblyman from Laguna from 1984 to 1986, labor secretary from 2006 to 2008, and SC justice from 2008 to 2016. Like Perez, Brion was also an Arroyo appointee.
The 5 names that the Judicial and Bar Council submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte as possible replacement of Perez are:
- Jose C. Reyes Jr
- Apolinario D. Bruselas Jr
- Japar B. Dimaampao
- Samuel R. Martires
- Andres B. Reyes Jr
Meanwhile, those who are on the shortlist to replace Brion include 3nominees – Bruselas Jr, Dimaampao, Reyes Jr – who are also recommended to replace Perez. Aside from them, the others on the list are:
- Rosmari D. Carandang
- Amy C. Lazaro-Javier
- Noel G. Tijam
- Rita Linda S. Ventura-Jimeno
Article VIII, Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution mandates that a vacancy in the office of SC associate justice be filled 90 days from its occurrence. – Rappler.com