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Meet The Newly Appointed Justices


Justice Elihu A. Ybañez obtained his law degree from San Beda College of Law in 1978 where he finished at the top ten of his class. Naturally brilliant, he ranked sixth when he took up his Masters in National Security Administration at the National Defense College. In his continuous quest for learning, Justice Ybañez attended various trainings and workshops, the most prominent of which were the 15th Annual Workshop of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, Class 42, Academy of America, Dallas, Texas and the Study on American International and Comparative Law.

This honorable justice worked his way up the ladder leading to this Court: he first served the Office of the Solicitor General for 15 years as Solicitor and then spent the next 13 years as RTC judge of Batangas.

Aside from his work in the judiciary, Justice Ybañez is also a commissioned officer of the Reserved Force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the rank of Colonel and was the former Deputy Wing Commander of the 4th Air Ready Reserve Wing.

He is a deserving recipient of numerous judicial awards and commendations and has also been conferred with a number of military merit medals.

While Justice Ybañez devotes most of his time serving the judiciary, he still manages to find quality time for his family and most especially for the Lord Almighty, who is the center of his life.


Justice Franchito N. Diamante obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of the East. After passing the bar in 1977, he started his career in the judiciary as Court Legal Researcher in the CFI of Rizal. He then became Deputy Clerk of Court and later the Branch Clerk of Court of RTC-Pasig, Branch 168. In 1984, Justice Diamante was appointed Assistant Provincial Fiscal of Rizal and after a series of promotion, he rose to be a 2nd Assistant Prosecutor. He became a member of the bench when he was appointed Presiding Judge of the RTC- Balayan, Batangas in 1993 and then Presiding Judge of RTC-Pasig City, Branch 151 in 2000.

His career background, coupled with his integrity and dedication to the government service, is a manifestation of Justice Diamante’s great contribution in promoting the government’s mission in the speedy and effective dispensation of justice. Likewise, his various apostolates for the Church and the community show that Justice Diamante is not only a dedicated public servant but a dedicated disciple of God as well.

Justice Diamante and wife Edna Francisco are blessed with two (2) wonderful children, Jasmin Grace and Francis Christian, who serve as their inspiration in life.


Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Philippine Normal University (PNU) where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Despite working as a teacher in several public high schools in Manila while at the same time pursuing her law studies at the University of Sto. Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, Justice Lazaro-Javier still managed to emerge as the Class Valedictorian when she graduated in 1982 and passed the bar that same year.

In 1983, Justice Lazaro-Javier joined the Office of the Solicitor General as Trial Attorney. Owing to her brilliance, competence and dedication, she rose from the ranks until she became an Assistant Solicitor General in 1994. Teaching being close to her heart, this lady justice has also been teaching political law, commercial law and civil law subjects at the UST Faculty of Civil Law since 1983 and is a Bar Reviewer in Political Law at Jurist Rex Review Center in Las Piñas City. To keep her abreast on the law, Justice Lazaro-Javier participates in various seminars and conferences. Among those which she has attended were the Harvard University Law School Short Course in Evidence, Civil Law, Constitutional Law and Arbitration (2005), the World Law Conference in Hungary and Austria (1999), and the Second Law Asia Conference in Hongkong (1996).

Justice Lazaro-Javier is married to Atty. Rolando K. Javier and blessed with three (3) children, namely, Robert Voltaire, Paula Sigma and Bertha Kamille.

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