CAs Maria Filomena Singh is new Supreme Court justice

Thursday, May 19, 2022
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CAs Maria Filomena Singh is New Supreme Court Justice

CAs Maria Filomena Singh is the latest Justice of the Supreme Court to be appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte. She is the first woman to be elevated to the high court. A member of the Philippine Judicial Academy and Hubert Humphrey Fellow in court management‚ she will take her oath on May 18.

She was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow on Court Management

Maria Filomena Singh‚ a Philippine-born attorney‚ has been a Hubert Humphrey Fellow on Court Management and judicial education. She is also a distinguished jurist. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines‚ and is a recipient of the Judicial Excellence Award. The Society of Judicial Excellence named her the Top First-Level Court Judge of the Philippines in 2007. The appointment of Maria Filomena Singh was announced by the Malacanang on Wednesday‚ May 7. The newly appointed associate justice hails from the Lao PDR‚ where she served on the Court of Appeals. A former Humphrey Fellow on Court Management‚ she hopes to gain valuable professional experience and academic coursework in the US. She plans to apply her newfound knowledge to the civil chamber of the People's Supreme Court in Lao PDR.

She is a member of the Philippine Judicial Academy

Judge Maria Filomena M. Singh has been with the California Attorney General's office for almost four years. Previously‚ she served as a judge in the QC Metropolitan Trial Court and the RTC. Before joining the Judiciary‚ she practiced law for over 10 years. She holds degrees from different universities. A member of the Philippine Judicial Academy‚ Singh teaches civil law‚ evidence‚ and special proceedings at UP Law. She has also served on various Supreme Court committees and projects. CAs Maria Filomena-Singh‚ Apolinario Bruselas‚ Ramon Cruz‚ and Ronald Martin are the members of the Philippine Judicial Academy. They were appointed to serve in the Supreme Court after retiring from their respective law practices. Currently‚ the court has five CA justices‚ one from each of the three branches of government. CAs Maria Filomena Singh is the Presiding Judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court and Professor of Law at Ateneo de Manila University. Her work in the Philippine Judicial Academy and other legal fields centers on efficient court management and programs that unclog local courts. Earlier‚ she served as a member of the Philippine Judicial Academy's Committee on Continuing Judicial Education. Until her appointment to the Supreme Court‚ Ma. Filomena D. Singh has served in the Supreme Court as an Associate Justice. She replaces Estela Perlas-Bernabe‚ who stepped down on May 14. She has been a member of the Philippine Judicial Academy since 2000 and has served on numerous Supreme Court committees. She is also a faculty member of the law schools of the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines. She practiced law for 10 years before being appointed to the bench in 2002.

She will take her oath on May 18

The new Supreme Court justice‚ Maria Filomena Singh‚ will take her oath on May 18. She replaces Estela Perlas-Bernabe‚ who retired last May 14. She will be the 194th justice of the high court. She is a native of Quezon City and graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. She will be appointed presiding judge of the Metropolitan Trial Court in Quezon City in October 2022. She is a senior member of the CA's Second Division‚ and she was a dissident on the case releasing former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes‚ who is accused of murdering broadcaster Gerry Ortega. The murder charge against Reyes was reinstated in February 2019‚ after Singh dissented. She has also served as a member of the Committee on the Revision of Rules on Summary Procedure and Small Claims Cases. Before being appointed to the court‚ Singh was a regional trial court judge. She was promoted to the CA in 2014‚ and she has been practicing law for over 10 years. The appointment was confirmed by the Supreme Court last week. Singh was the most outstanding first-level court judge in 2007‚ receiving the Don Antonio Madrigal Award from the Supreme Court. She was also a senior member of the Court of Appeals second division and served on various Supreme Court committees. She is the Chairperson of the Civil Law Department of the PhilJA and a member of the University of the Philippines College of Law. Before taking her oath on May 18‚ she will be joined by two other female justices: Justice Sonia Singh and Justice Maria Rosario Vergeire. These two women are both backed by the readers of their respective publications. Together‚ they are committed to ensuring that justice is accessible to everyone. Both of these women are sisters. Both were appointed to the CA by former President Benigno Aquino III. Justice Amy Lazaro Javier is another female on the court.

She will be Duterte's last appointee to the high court

Duterte has selected four young justices to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court. Two of them‚ Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo and Associate Justice Henri Jean Paul Inting‚ will serve for the remainder of Duterte's term‚ which will end in June. He also appointed Associate Justices Rimerlan‚ Japar Dimaampo‚ and Jose Midas Marquez. President Rodrigo Duterte has nominated Maria Filomena Sing as his last Supreme Court appointee. Singh will succeed Estela Perlas-Bernabe‚ who will retire on May 14. She earned her law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in English from the University of the Philippines. She has a diverse background and has been a resource person for judicial reform. She also updated trial court judges' rules and guidelines. Singh has been with the CA for over 10 years and has served as a regional and metropolitan trial court judge in Quezon City. She previously practiced law for ten years before joining the judiciary. She also earned a BA in English and a JD with honor from the American University Washington College of Law. She served on several committees‚ and taught law at the UP Diliman Law School. She was also named 17th Metrobank Professorial Chair Lecturer. Justice Sonia Singh will take oath on May 18. She will be the longest-serving Supreme Court justice and is set to retire in 2036. And she will be the first woman to hold this honor. While Duterte's nomination of Sonia Singh makes sense‚ it is also a testament to the President's leadership. As for the other three associate justices‚ three will retire within the next six years. The next two associate justices will retire in June 2025‚ and Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo will leave the court in November 2026. With these four appointees‚ Duterte is paving the way for another generation of Supreme Court justices.