Two New Faces in the Court of Appeals

Justice Ruben C. Ayson

A consistent honor student from elementary to college, Justice Ruben C. Ayson finished his Bachelor of Laws at the San Beda College as Class Valedictorian. Since then, he did not anymore stop in weaving his colorful career as a practicing lawyer, public servant, fiscal, and finally, as a member of the bench. He first embarked in private practice in 1964; had a taste of politics in 1967 as City Councilor of Baguio City at age 26, and, after his term, served as an Assistant City Fiscal of Manila until his appointment as RTC Judge of Pangasinan in 1983. A few years after, he was transferred to RTC-Baguio where he later became the Executive Judge and was designated as Judge of the Special Court on Heinous Crimes. On May 5, 2008, he became one of the newest members of the Court of Appeals.

Justice Ayson has also been a deserving recipient of a number of awards and recognition, among which are the Judicial Excellence Award as Outstanding Regional Trial Court Judge (1998) by the Judicial Excellence Foundation, Outstanding Citizen of Baguio for 1998 in Judicial Administration by the City Government of Baguio, and Judge of the Year (1995) by Baguio Midland Courier.

The good Justice offers the sweet fruits of his success to his wife Teresita and children Grace, Ramon and Ruben Jr.


Justice Edgardo L. Delos Santos

Justice Edgardo L. delos Santos, more popularly known as “Eddie”, “Edgar” or “EDSA” to his friends, was born in Palompon, Leyte on June 12, 1952 to fisherman Francisco delos Santos and housewife Basilia delos Santos. A consistent honor student, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Political Science at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City and pursued his law studies in the same university. He passed the bar in 1978 with a rating of 83.87%.

Justice delos Santos’ judicial career started when he worked as Court Legal Researcher for Judge Abelardo M. Dayrit in the Court of First Instance of Manila in 1978. He became the Regional Administrative Officer of the National Grains Authority the following year but shortly thereafter re-joined the judiciary to serve as Technical Assistant and later Court Confidential Attorney of the then Supreme Court Justice Felix V. Makasiar. At the age of 30, Justice delos Santos was already an MTC Judge. But, it was during his stint as RTC Judge of Bacolod City that he became known as a no-nonsense judge when he tried a number of celebrated cases. On May 5, 2008, Justice delos Santos was appointed to become one of the esteemed magistrates of the Court of Appeals.

Aside from being a member of the bench, Justice delos Santos is a devoted family man being married to Maribel Makasiar delos Santos with whom he has five children, namely, Fritz Bryn Anthony, Ivan Jason, Gretel Kelly, Jessica France and Tiara Mionette.