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List of notable or famous judges from Philippines, with bios and photos, including the top judges born in Philippines and even some popular judges who immigrated to Philippines. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Filipino judges then this list is the perfect resource for you. These judges are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known judge from Philippines is included when available.

List is made up of many different people, including Miriam Defensor Santiago and Claudio Teehankee, Sr..

This historic judges from Philippines list can help answer the questions "Who are some Filipino judges of note?" and "Who are the most famous judges from Philippines?" These prominent judges of Philippines may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Filipino judges.

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Abdulwahid Bidin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 74 (1925-1999) Abdulwahid A. Bidin was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Appointed by President Corazon Aquino in 1987, he was the first Filipino Muslim named to the country's High

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Adolfo Azcuna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 79 Adolfo S. Azcuna is a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2002 to 2009. He was appointed to the Court by President Gloria ...more

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Alfredo Benipayo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 79 Alfredo Logronio Benipayo is the former Dean of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, the oldest law school in the Philippines. He is a former magistrate and a respected law ...more

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Alicia Austria-Martinez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 77 Ma. Alicia Austria-Martinez is a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2002 to 2009. She was appointed to the Court by President Gloria ...more

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Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 95 Ameurfina Aguinaldo Melencio-Herrera served as an Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court from 1979 until 1992. She was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, filling the ...more

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Anacleto Díaz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 67 (1878-1945) Anacleto Díaz was a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

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Andres Narvasa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 85 (1928-2013) Andres dela Rosa Narvasa was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from December 1, 1991 to November 30, 1998. He served as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for ...more

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Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 80 Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez is a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2000 to 2008. She was the last appointment to the Court made by ...more

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Antonio Carpio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 68 Antonio Tirol Carpio is an incumbent Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed to the Court by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and assumed office on ...more

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Antonio Eduardo Nachura is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 76 Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines until his mandatory retirement in June 13, 2011. He had been Solicitor-General of the Philippines at ...more

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Antonio Villa-Real is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 65 (1880-1945) Antonio Villa-Real was a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

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Artemio Panganiban is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 81 Artemio V. Panganiban, "The Renaissance Jurist of the 21st Century" was the 21st Supreme Court Chief Justice of the Philippines.

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Arturo Brion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 71 Arturo D. Brion is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He took his oath as a member of the Supreme Court on March 17, 2008. From 2006 until his appointment to the ...more

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Cancio Garcia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 76 (1937-2013) Cancio C. Garcia was a Filipino lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed to the Court on October 6, 2004 by President Gloria ...more

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Carmelino Alvendia, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 76 (1906-1982) Justice Carmelino Gomez Alvendia, Sr. was a justice of Court of Appeals of the Philippines, a founder of Quezon City Academy and a co-founder of the Manuel L. Quezon University, formerly Manuel ...more

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Cecilia Muñoz-Palma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 93 (1913-2006) Cecilia Muñoz-Palma was a Filipino jurist and the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the Philippines. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ferdinand Marcos on ...more

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César Bengzon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 96 (1896-1992) César Bengzon was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from April 28, 1961 until May 29, 1966. In November 1966, a few months after his retirement, he became the ...more

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Claudio Teehankee, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 71 (1918-1989) Claudio Teehankee, PLH was the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1986 to 1988. He was also the most senior associate justice and chairman of the First Division of ...more

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Conchita Carpio-Morales is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 76 Conchita Carpio-Morales is the current Ombudsman of the Philippines. She was previously an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Carpio-Morales is married to Eugenio T. ...more

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Conrado M. Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 93 (1913-2006) Conrado M. Vasquez was the first Ombudsman of the Philippines and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

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Consuelo Ynares-Santiago is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 78 Consuelo Ynares-Santiago is a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. She was appointed to the Court by President Joseph Estrada.

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Dante Tiñga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 78 Dante O. Tiñga is a Filipino politician and jurist. He served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2003 to 2009.

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Enrique Fernando is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 89 (1915-2004) Enrique M. Fernando was the 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. A noted constitutionalist and law professor, he served in the Supreme Court for 18 years, including 6 ...more

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Felix Makasiar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 77 (1915-1992) Félix Valencia Makasiar was the 14th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, serving in that capacity for four months in 1985. His 85-day stint as Chief Justice, ...more

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Florentino Floro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 64 Florentino V. Floro, Jr. is a former Filipino judge who achieved notoriety after being suspended from the Philippine judiciary in 2006 due to mental illness. Floro made several statements that ...more

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Fred Ruiz Castro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 65 (1914-1979) Fred Ruiz Castro was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from January 5, 1976 until his death on April 19, 1979 while on an official trip to India.

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Gregory S. Ong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 64 Gregory Santos Ong is a Filipino jurist and a former Justice of the Sandiganbayan. He was initially appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines by President Gloria ...more

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Irene Cortes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 75 (1921-1996) Irene R. Cortes was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and a respected law academician. She was also the first female dean of the University of the Philippines College ...more

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J. B. L. Reyes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 92 (1902-1994) Jose Benedicto Luna Reyes was a noted Filipino jurist who served as Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court from 1954 until 1972. Widely known by the initials "JBL", his ...more

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Leonardo Quisumbing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 78 Leonardo A. Quisumbing was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed by President Fidel Ramos in 1998 and retired as the most senior Associate Justice of the ...more

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Maria Lourdes Sereno is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 57 María Lourdes Aranal-Sereno is the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. At age 52, she is the second youngest and the first female to head the judiciary. In August ...more

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Miriam Defensor Santiago is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 72 Miriam Defensor Santiago is a Filipino politician, notable for having served in all three branches of the Philippine government – judicial, executive, and legislative. She was named one of The ...more

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Monina Arevalo Zenarosa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Monina Arevalo Zenarosa age 79 Monina Arevalo Zenarosa is a retired Associate Justice of the Philippine Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals is the second highest judicial court in the Philippines, next only to the ...more

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Pedro Yap is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 85 (1918-2003) Pedro Yap was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 1988. He briefly served for two and a half months from April 19, 1988 to June 30, 1988. Yap, a bar topnocher, served as ...more

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Presbitero Velasco, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 69 Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr. is an incumbent Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed to the Court by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on March 31, 2006.

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Querube Makalintal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 92 (1910-2002) Querube C. Makalintal was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from Oct. 31, 1973 until December 22, 1975 and Speaker of the Interim Batasang Pambansa from June 12, 1978 to ...more

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Ramon Aquino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 76 (1917-1993) Ramon C. Aquino was the 15th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed on November 20, 1985, the last Chief Justice appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos.

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Regino C. Hermosisima, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 90 Regino Campos Hermosisima, Jr. of Banilad and Sibonga, Cebu, Philippines is the incumbent 3-termer regular member of the Judicial and Bar Council. Appointed on December 17, 1997 by Fidel Ramos, ...more

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Renato Corona is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 69 Renato Tirso Antonio Coronado Corona was the 23rd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He served as an Associate Justice after being appointed by President Gloria ...more

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Reynato Puno is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 77 Reynato Puno y Serrano was the 22nd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Appointed on December 8, 2006 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, he was the 22nd person to serve as ...more

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Ricardo Paras is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 93 (1891-1984) Ricardo Paras was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from April 2, 1951 until February 17, 1961.

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Romeo Callejo, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 80 Romeo J. Callejo, Sr. is a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed to the Court on September 3, 2002 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and served ...more

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Rosalinda Asuncion Vicente is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 74 Rosalinda Asuncion Vicente is an Associate Justice of the Philippine Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals is the second highest judicial court in the Philippines, next only to the Philippine ...more

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Ruben Reyes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 79 Ruben T. Reyes is a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2007 to 2009.

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Teresita de Castro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
age 69 Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro is an Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court. Prior to her appointment to the High Court by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she had been the ...more

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Vicente Abad Santos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Judges from Philippines
Died at 77 (1916-1993) Vicente Abad Santos was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.