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).
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
hails from Obando, Bulacan, and is married to retired Sandiganbayan
Justice Roberto M. Lagman.
Associate Justice Enrico A. Lanzanas
on 19 April 1938 at the historic town of Calamba, Laguna, JUSTICE
ENRICO ALCARAZ LANZANAS is the sixth child of a family of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.