Today is Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Six Justices Bow Out

Six justices bid farewell this year. They are J. Aurora S. Lagman (January 16, 2008), J. Marina L. Buzon (March 18, 2008), J. Enrico A. Lanzanas (April 19, 2008), J. Lucenito N. Tagle  (June 26, 2008), J. Agustin S. Dizon (June 27, 2008), and J. Rodrigo V. Cosico (July 4, 2008).

For lack of space, we shall feature in this issue the first three retiring justices while the last three retirables shall be featured in our next issue.

Associate Justice Marina L. Buzon

Justice MARINA L. BUZON’s government service has come full circle with her appointment as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals. She first started as a Court Attorney in the CA in 1968 to 1979. Thereafter, she transferred to the Office of the Tanodbayan, where she served as Chief Legal Officer and, subsequently, as Special Prosecutor. On November 4, 1986, she was appointed Judge of RTC, Branch 170, Malabon-Navotas and was transferred in 1991 to RTC, Branch 91, Quezon City until her appointment to this Court on August 20, 1997. Presently, she is the Chairman of the Third Division of this Court.

In 1992, Justice Buzon served as Bar Examiner in Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises. In 1995, the Quezon City Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines named her as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Judges of Quezon City. In the same year, she received an award for Judicial Excellence from the Rotary Club of Metro Sta. Mesa. In 1999, she attended the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at the Harvard Law School. On April 25 to 29, 2005, she participated in the Anti-Money Laundering Project/Regional Judicial Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She also attended the World Jurist Association Conference on Global Warming and the Rule of Law held at Lisbon, Portugal from November 25 to 29, 2007.

Justice Buzon is a graduate of the University of the Philippines, where she obtained the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Major in Political Science) and Bachelor of Laws in 1963 and 1967, respectively. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu International Societies, the Order of the Purple Feather (UP College of Law Honor Society), the UP Women Lawyer’s Circle (WILOCI) and the Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA).

Associate Justice Aurora Santiago Lagman

Justice Aurora Santiago-Lagman started her career as a lawyer in the government in August 1978 at the Citizens Legal Assistance Office, Department of Justice. Rising from the ranks, she was promoted to State Prosecutor II and later, Senior State Prosecutor. She was appointed as Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Bulacan, Branch 77, on March 14, 1994 where she stayed until her promotion as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals on February 4, 2004.

She obtained her law degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines and attended on official business special courses at the University of Southern California, National Judicial College, University of Nevada, and the Harvard Law School.

She is a zealous advocate and defender of children’s rights. She is one of the authors of the Benchbook entitled “The Child in the Criminal Justice System and Other Child Related Laws,” a joint project of FAIRCHILD and the U.P. Law Center.

She was awarded as an Outstanding Alumna by the Lyceum of the Philippines, Most Outstanding Prosecutor by the Foundation for Judicial Excellence, Outstanding RTC Judge of Bulacan by the IBP Bulacan, Dangal ng KMB by the Kababaihang Manananggol ng Bulacan, Natatanging Obandeño sa Larangan ng Hudikatura and Huwarang Pilipino for Law and Judiciary by the Radyo ng Bayan.

She hails from Obando, Bulacan, and is married to retired Sandiganbayan Justice Roberto M. Lagman.

Associate Justice Enrico A. Lanzanas

Born on 19 April 1938 at the historic town of Calamba, Laguna, JUSTICE ENRICO ALCARAZ LANZANAS is the sixth child of a family of eight children.

He finished his elementary education at the Laguna Institute, Calamba, Laguna, as Valedictorian. He graduated from his secondary education as Salutatorian in a class of around 400 students despite being a “working” student.

His college and post graduate studies were spent in Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU), as scholar thereat. A consistent scholar, during his six-year stay at the university, he graduated as “Most Exalted Knight” of the Knights of the Golden Fleece, MLQU’s exclusive scholars’ fraternity. He was also awarded as the “Illustrious brother” of the Beta Sigma Lambda Fraternity, MLQU’s exclusive Law Fraternity.

Enrico A. Lanzanas joined the Commission on Elections, sometime in the early part of 1960’s, as Election Registrar until his resignation thereat in early 1970’s.

After practicing for sometime, he entered the judiciary first as an Auxiliary Municipal Judge of Los Baños, Laguna in 1971; then as regular judge of said municipality. He was later transferred to Calamba, Laguna, then to Pasay City and eventually as RTC Judge of Calauag, Quezon. He was also moved to Lipa City, still as judge thereof, and finally to the City of Manila, where he served for two terms as Executive Judge thereat prior to his appointment as Court of Appeals justice.

It was after about thirty-five (35) years of continuous service in the judiciary when he was promoted as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals on 14 January 2005.

Justice Enrico A. Lanzanas is happily married to Carmelita Rivero with whom he is blessed with four (4) children namely: Dennis, Carmela, Enrico, Jr. and Chandra.

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