SC creates award in honor of Judge Bernabe – Manila Bulletin

Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas Bernabe addressing her colleagues during the May 13 retirement ceremony at the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court (SC) honored retired Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas Bernabe with the establishment of an award – the “Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas Bernabe Award for Exemplary Legal Career” .

Judge Bernabe retired on May 14 after serving the judiciary for 26 years.

In 1996, she was appointed as a judge of the Makati City Metropolitan Court. In 2000, she was promoted to judge of the Regional Court of First Instance. In 2004, she was appointed associate judge at the Court of Appeal until her promotion to SC in 2011.

The creation of the award was announced by Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo during Justice Bernabe’s retirement ceremony at SC on May 13.

Gesmundo said the award “is the first of its kind in the history of Philippine justice.”

“This distinction will henceforth be conferred only on the distinct body of Supreme Court justices who have served the judiciary at all levels of jurisdiction, particularly from a magistrate’s court, a lower collegiate court, and finally, up to ‘to the Supreme Court, and achieved zero backlog or zero cases with each promotion to the next level, until their retirement from the Supreme Court, such as Justice Estela M. Perlas Bernabe exceptionally accomplished during her 26 years of judicial career,” said the Chief Justice. mentioned.

He said that in conferring the award, “the Court hopes that future career jurists will aspire to receive this honor in their own retirement and follow the same path of unwavering dedication to judicial service that Judge Estela M. Perlas Bernabe blazed. for them”.

“If the fullness of one’s life is measured by how much one has emptied oneself for others, then there is no question that at this time Senior Associate Judge Estela M. Perlas Bernabe has already lived a full life,” said he also said. .

Besides Gesmundo, the other 13 SC judges paid tribute to Judge Bernabe who also received the traditional tokens.

Tokens include the Philippine Flag, Flag of the Supreme Court, Commemorative Pin, Seal, Brass Shingle, Judicial Robe, Gavel, Judicial Excellence Statuette, and Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos Award.

Bernabe also received the Judicial Medal of Distinction from his colleagues. The Medal “is specifically awarded to outgoing Justices of the Supreme Court who have excelled in the quintessential duty of adjudicating cases efficiently, particularly in leaving no case in his docket, or no case awaiting resolution upon his retirement from the Yard”.

Judge Bernabe completed her pre-law degree at St. Paul College in Manila, magna cum laude, in 1972. She was called to the bar in 1976 after earning her law degree as a salutatorian at the Ateneo College of Law .

Immediately after passing the bar exams, she joined the judiciary as a technical assistant in the cabinet of Judge Lorenzo Relova. She then engaged in private legal practice from 1978 to 1993. She then became a senior partner of the law firms Bernabe Perlas Morte & Associates from 1993 to 1996.

The SC website indicates that Judge Bernabe has taught Court and Evidence Practice at the Ateneo College of Law since 2009. Among her many awards are the CA Award for Exemplary Performance, the CA Award of Recognition for Outstanding Performance in Case Disposition;

Best Written Decision – Municipal/Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court of the Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA); Natatanging Babaeng Hukom-Plaridel Municipality, Bulacan; and Gawad Parangal 2008 as an outstanding alumnus for her dedicated service to the country and the people-St. Paul University of Manila; and the Huwaran Anak ng Bulakan and Gat Marcelo H. del Pilar awards in 2011.

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