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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE APOLINARIO D. BRUSELAS, JR.
APOLINARIO D. BRUSELAS, JR.Awarded and recognized for Judicial Excellence by the Supreme Court in 2003, Mr. Justice Apolinario D. Bruselas, Jr. was a Special Commercial Court Judge, an Executive Judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court and Executive Vice-President of the Philippine Judges´ Association when he was appointed to the Court of Appeals in July of 2005.

Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1997, Justice Bruselas served with distinction for eight years as a trial prosecutor in the Makati special criminal courts, a review prosecutor, and member of several special task forces and committees of the Department of Justice. While a trial court judge, he taught criminal law at UP Law School and lectured at the Philippine Judicial Academy. He served as a member of the technical working group of the Judiciary´s Action Program for Judicial Reform. His eight years of exemplary serviceas a trial judge was recognized by the Supreme Court and earned him an award for Judicial Excellence and eventual appointment to the Court of Appeals. He has represented the country in several international conferences and workshops throughout his long career in the bench and the prosecution service.

His earlier years saw him in the private sector as a management trainee in Security Bank´s SBIC bonds and insurance; as a financial analyst in Apex Mining on corporate planning, financial controls and audits while studying law in the evening. He also served as a technical assistant to the Vice-Governor of Metropolitan Manila, serving at one time as Acting District Manager. He practiced law upon Bar admission and was commissioned as a Captain in the Armed Forces of the Philippines pursuant to a scholarship contract. He saw active military duty and served as a regular officer assigned to the Judge Advocate General´s Service with various postings, the last one being with the Office of the President (OPAMA) during the incumbency of PCCA, until his transfer to civilian duty with the Justice Department as a public prosecutor.

Mr. Justice Apolinario D. Bruselas, Jr. obtained his economics and law degrees from the University of the Philippines (UP), whereat he resumed law teaching in 2011. His primary and secondary education were obtained from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) as an honor student. He had trainings, locally and abroad, the most recent one being from Harvard Law School´s Negotiation Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Justice Bruselas has a wealth of experience honed by 32 years of law practice. He is Chair of the 14th division, a member of the Internal Rules Committee, and Chair of the Computerization Committee. He is also with the Philippine Judicial Academy´s (PHILJA) Corps of Professors, Department of Ethics and Judicial Conduct. He sits as a member of the Supreme Court´s Sub-Committee on Commercial Courts as well as of the Computerization and Library Committee whereat he chairs the sub-com on Technology Governance that overseas the Judiciary´s e-Courts Project. He is also a Trustee of the Society for Judicial Excellence. Justice Bruselas served as a Bar Examiner twice; in 2010 on Criminal Law and in 2013 on Remedial Law. He hails from Tabaco, Albay. He is married to Marie Angela P.M. Bruselas with whom he has three children




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