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RAMON M. BATO, JR.At age 45, Justice Ramon M. Bato, Jr. was appointed to the Court of Appeals on March 10, 2004. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree major in Political Science in 1978 and Bachelor of Laws in 1982 from Siliman University. He was a self-supporting student who taught part-time in the College of Arts and Sciences while studying law. He fulfilled the dream of his father when he passed the 1982 Bar exam with a general average of 81.57%. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar on May 3, 1983.

After engaging in private practice, he worked as a court attorney in the Supreme Court. In 1986, he was detailed to the Office of then Senior Associate Justice Pedro L. Yap. He was eventually promoted to Court Attorney IV. He co-founded and organized the Supreme Court Assembly of Lawyer-Employees (SCALE) and was elected its First Vice-President and later President in 1991.

In June 1991, at age 32, he was appointed Municipal Trial Court Judge of Imus, Cavite. From 1993 to 1995, he was the National Treasurer of the Philippine Trial Judges' League Inc. (PTJLI) and its National President in 1996.

At age 38, in January 1997, he was appointed Regional Trial Court Judge, Branch 30, Dumaguete City. He was also designated a special court on heinous crimes and later the only special drugs court in Dumaguete City. He has been a law professor, lecturer and bar reviewer.

He was born in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on August 27, 1958. He is married to Atty. Zandra Tubat-Bato with whom he has two sons, Rexie Cezar and Randee Ceasar.

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