SC creates award to honor retired associate judge


To recognize the exemplary service of Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas Bernabe, who is compulsorily retiring from public service on Saturday, the Supreme Court has created a special award in her name.

This will be granted to an outgoing SC judge who has served as a magistrate at all levels of court without leaving any cases pending for resolution upon promotion to a higher court.

During the special En Banc session held Friday at the SC Session Hall celebrating Bernabe’s retirement, Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo revealed that the Supreme Court had approved the creation of an award in his honor dubbed Senior Associate Judge Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe Exemplary Career Legal Officer Award.

“This is the first of its kind in the history of the Philippine justice system,” the chief justice said.

“This distinction will henceforth be conferred only on the distinct set of Supreme Court justices who have served the judiciary at all levels of jurisdiction, in particular from a trial court, a lower collegiate court and finally, up to the Supreme Court, and have achieved a zero backlog or zero case with each promotion to the next level court, until their retirement from the Supreme Court, like what Justice Estela M. Perlas- Bernabe has exceptionally accomplished in his 26-year judicial career,” Gesmundo pointed out.

The top judge said that in conferring this award, “the Court hopes that future career lawyers will aspire to receive this honor in their own retirement and follow the same path of unwavering dedication to judicial service as Justice Estela M. Perlas “Bernabe opened. them.”

Chief Justice Gesmundo led the SC magistrates to honor Bernabe by presenting him with traditional Supreme Court tokens and paying their own personal tributes.

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.

“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 Gesmundo. .

Bernabe also received from his colleagues the Judicial Medal of Distinction, which “is specially awarded to outgoing judges of the Supreme Court who have excelled in the quintessential duty of disposing of cases efficiently, in particular by leaving no case in his docket, or no cases pending resolution. on his retirement from the Court.

A native of Plaridel, Bulacan, Senior Associate Judge Perlas-Bernabe received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce, magna cum laude, from St. Paul College, Manila in 1972.

After graduating as a salutatorian from the Ateneo de Manila College of Law and passing the bar in 1976, she joined the bench as a technical assistant in the office of judge (then court administrator) Lorenzo Relova.

She then engaged in private practice from 1978 to 1996, before returning to court service in 1996 as the presiding judge of Branch 66 of the Makati Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court, Branch 66.

She was promoted to the Regional Trial Court, Makati City Branch 142 in 2000, and to the Court of Appeals as Associate Judge on March 15, 2004. Senior Associate Judge Perlas-Bernabe was appointed as the 171st Judge Associate of the Supreme Court on Sept. 16, 2011.

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