JUSTICE ELIHU A. YBAÑEZ
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.
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.
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.
is a deserving recipient of numerous judicial awards and
commendations and has also been conferred with a number of military
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
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.
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.
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
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
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).
Lazaro-Javier is married to Atty. Rolando K. Javier and blessed with
three (3) children, namely, Robert Voltaire, Paula Sigma and Bertha