Artemio V. Panganiban

??????????????????????During his eleven years in the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Panganiban wrote around 1,200 full-length decisions and separate opinions, many of which bear jurisprudential value and far-reaching effects for the nation. He also wrote about 100 separate opinions, in which he eloquently conveyed his convictions and ideals, and countless minute and extended (unsigned) resolutions disposing of cases.

Among his notable ponencias (full-length decisions and separate opinions) are those with social and political impact on our nation and people, like La Bugal v. Ramos, Infotech v. Comelec, Republic v. Cocofed, Tañada v. Angara;with jurisprudential or instructive value, like People v. Genosa, Velarde v. Social Justice Society, Arcelona v. Court of Appeals, Madrigal Transport v. Lapanday Holdings Corporation; relevant to national personalities, like Obosa v. CA;expressive of his convictions, like Marcos v. Sandiganbayan, People v. Esparas, People v. Echegaray, Firestone Ceramics v. CA, Serrano v. NLRC; and with interesting stories, like Macasaet v. Macasaet.

The 11 books that had been written by the former Chief Justice—one for each year of his magistracy—may be found in his personal website. His valedictory tome, Liberty and Prosperity (two volumes), expounds on his core judicial philosophy, which articulates his vision for the judiciary: to safeguard the liberty and nurture the prosperity of our people under the rule of law. His recent speeches on the subject may also be accessed in his website.


Curriculum Vitae

Chief Justice ARTEMIO V. PANGANIBAN (Ret.)
Supreme Court of the Philippines
As of July 1, 2014


COLUMN WRITER, Philippine Daily Inquirer
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR of the following listed companies: Meralco; Petron Corporation; Bank of PI; First Philippine Holdings Corp.; Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT); Metro Pacific Investment Corp.; Robinsons Land Corp.; GMA Network; GMA Holdings; and Asian Terminals
SENIOR ADVISER, Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company
ADVISER, DoubleDragon Properties Corp.
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. and Tollways Management Corporation
CHAIRMAN, Board of Advisers, Metrobank Foundation
CHAIRMAN, Board of Directors, Pan Philippine Resources Corp. and Peecee Realty, Inc.
CHAIRMAN, Board of Trustees, Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity
CHAIRMAN EMERITUS, Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc.
PRESIDENT, Manila Cathedral-Basilica Foundation
TRUSTEE, Claudio Teehankee Foundation
TRUSTEE, Tan Yan Kee Foundation
ADVISER, Mapa Blue Falcon Honor Society; Dela Salle University College of Law; Asian Institute of Management Corporate Governance Center; World Bank (Philipppines); Johann Strauss Society; and University of Asia and the Pacific College of Law


CHIEF JUSTICE of the Philippines
CHAIRPERSON, Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET)
CHAIRPERSON, Judicial and Bar Council
CHAIRPERSON, Philippine Judicial Academy.

3. PAST MAJOR POSITIONS IN THE JUDICIARY (prior to becoming Chief Justice)
JUSTICE, Supreme Court of the Philippines, 1995-2005
CHAIRPERSON, Third Division, Supreme Court, 2004-2005
CHAIRPERSON, House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, 2004-2005
CONFERENCE CHAIRPERSON, International Conference and Showcase on Judicial Reforms, November 28-30, 2005
CONSULTANT, Judicial and Bar Council, 2004-2005
CHAIRPERSON of eight Supreme Court Committees, 1998-2005

4. AUTHOR of the following books:

Love God, Serve Man (1994)
Justice and Faith (1997)
Battles in the Supreme Court (1998)
Leadership by Example (1999)
Transparency, Unanimity and Diversity (2000)
A Centenary of Justice (2001)
Reforming the Judiciary (2002)
The Bio-Age Dawns on the Judiciary (2003)
Leveling the Playing Field (2004)
Judicial Renaissance (2005)
Liberty and Prosperity (2006, two volumes)
With Due Respect (2012)


Primus Inter Pares (2006, two volumes)
Summa (2006)
In Defense of Liberty (2006)
In Defense of the Rule of Law (2006)
A Test of Courage (2007)


  • Elementary, Honorable Mention, Juan Luna Elementary School, 1950
  • Secondary, Honorable Mention, Mapa High School, 1954
  • Associate in Arts, “With Highest Honors,” Far Eastern University, 1956
  • “Most Oustanding Student,” Far Eastern University, 1959
  • Bachelor of Laws, Cum Laude, Far Eastern University, 1960
  • Bar Examinations, 1960, 6th place with a grade of 89.55 percent
  • Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), University of Iloilo, 1997
  • Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), Far Eastern University, 2002
  • Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), University of Cebu, 2006
  • Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), Angeles University, 2006
  • Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), Bulacan State University, 2006


Date of Birth: December 7, 1936
Place of Birth: Manila, Philippines

AB-Math, St. Scholastica’s College
BSE, St. Scholastica’s College
MA-Statistics, University of the Philippines
MBM, Asian Institute of Management
Retired professor and former Associate Dean, Asian Institute of Management

BSM-Honors Course, Ateneo de Manila University
MBA, University of California
Currently President and Chief Executive, The Baron Travel Corporation and related companies

BSME, Honorable Mention, Ateneo de Manila University
Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude, University of the Philippines
Advance Course in Piano, Fortbildungsklasse, Hochschule Fuer Musik, Munich, Germany, 1991
M.S. in Operations Research, “With Distinction,” Stanford University, 1993
M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1994
Ph.D in Engineering Economic Systems and Operations Research, Stanford University, 1999 (Stanford Centennial Awardee)
Currently Director/Vice-President, Citigroup, NYC, USA

BSME, Cum Laude, Ateneo de Manila University
MBA, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Currently Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer, Plainfield Direct, Inc., Connecticut, USA

BSME, Ateneo de Manila University
MBA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Currently President, Arpan Investment and Management Inc. and Professor, Asian Institute of Management

John Kennedy High School, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA (top graduate)
BS-Biology, University of the Philippines
Courses in International Economics, University of Connecticut, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
MA (Economics) ‘94, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Master in Public Policy ‘96, Harvard University
Currently Director, New York Life Investment Management, New York City, USA

7. CHAIRPERSON, Final Board of Judges of the following:

  • 1998 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Philippine National Round)
  • 1998 Metrobank Search for Outstanding Teachers
  • 1998 TOYM sponsored by the Philippine Jaycees, Gerry Roxas Foundation, TOYM Foundation and Equitable Bank
  • 1998 Youth for Democracy Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) and Rotary International
  • 2000 Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards
  • 2001 Anvil Awards, sponsored by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines
  • 2001 Search for Outstanding Journalists, sponsored by the Asian Institute of Journalism and the Metrobank Foundation
  • 2004 and 2005 Search for Outstanding Judges, Clerks of Court and other judicial officers, sponsored by the Supreme Court
  • 2008 Search for The Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL) sponsored by the Jaycees Philippines Senate and the Insular Life Assurance Corp.
  • 2009 Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant.
  • 2009 TOYM Sponsored by the Philippine Jaycees, Gerry Roxas Foundation and the TOYM Foundation
  • 2010 and 2011 Ramon V. Del Rosario Awards for Nation-Building
  • 2011 Philip Jessup International Moot Court (Phil. Championship Round)


  • 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awards
  • 2007 The Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL) Awards

Golf and tennis


  • Manila Golf Club, Manila Polo Club, Tagaytay Highlands Golf Club, Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Sta. Elena Golf Club, Villamor Golf Club
  • Retired Special Minister of Holy Communion, Santuario de San Antonio Parish, Makati City
  • Honorary Member, Consular Corps of the Philippines
  • Honorary Member, Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society, UP Chapter
  • Honorary Member, San Beda Law Alumni Association
  • “Adopted Son of Cebu” by the Cebu Provincial Government
  • “Adopted Son of San Fernando” by the City Government of San Fernando (Pampanga)

11. PAST ACTIVITIES (prior to government service)

As a Practising Lawyer

SENIOR PARTNER, Panganiban Benitez Parlade Africa & Barinaga Law Office (PABLAW), 1963-1995
VICE PRESIDENT for Legal Affairs and GENERAL COUNSEL, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), 1991-1995
CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) 1991-1995
LEGAL COUNSEL, Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association – MAPSA May 7, 1993 – October 9, 1995
CHAIRPERSON, Workshop on Administration of Justice, Multi-Sectoral Conference convened to discuss the first 100-day and first 1,000-day programs of President Fidel V. Ramos, held on June 13, 1992 and on October 17, 1992 respectively
SPEAKER, 16th Conference on the Law of the World sponsored by the World Jurist Association, October 24 to 29, 1993
PROFESSOR of law and political science, Far Eastern University, Assumption Convent and San Sebastian College (1961-1970)
PRESIDENT, FEU Law Faculty Club (1966-1967)
PRESIDENT, FEU Law Alumni Association (1986-1987)
CHAIRMAN, National Legal Committee, Boy Scouts of the Phils.(BSP) (1991-1992)
VICE-PRESIDENT, Legal Management Council of the Philippines (1976-1977)
CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL, Liberal Party (1987-1991)
LEGAL COUNSEL AND CONSULTANT to the Secretary of Education and to the National Board of Education of the Republic of the Philippines (1962-1965)
ASSOCIATE, Salonga Ordonez and Associates Law Office (1961-1963)

As a Catholic Lay Leader:

MEMBER, PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE LAITY, appointed by Pope John Paul II for a five-year term. During the 1996-2001 term, he was the only Filipino in this Council which was composed of 30 Catholic leaders, chosen by the Pope from various countries to advise him on “all matters involving the Christian life of the faithful.”
NATIONAL VICE CHAIRMAN (and CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), 1993-1995
SECRETARY, Council of the Laity of the Philippines (CLP), 1991-93
SERVANT LEADER, Bukas Loob Sa Diyos (BLD) Covenant Community and Chairman, BLD Foundation Inc., 1994-1995
LAY DELEGATE, Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II), January-February 1991
TRUSTEE, Alumni of Student Catholic Action (1989-90)

As a Civic Leader:

PRESIDENT, Rotary Club of Manila (First and largest Rotary Club in Asia) 1990-1991
PRESIDENT, Philippine-Finland Association (1991-1995)
PRESIDENT, RCM Eyebank Foundation, Inc. (1990-1995)
CHAIRMAN, National Union of Students Alumni Association (1991-1995)
CHAIRMAN, District Conference of Rotary District 3810 (Feb.28 – Mar. 1991)
TREASURER, 5th Philippine Rotary Presidents’ Meet, December 14-15, 1990

As a Business Leader:

PRESIDENT, Baron Travel Corporation (1967-1993), Arpan Tourism Industries Corporation (1974-1993), Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc. (1991-1992)
PRESIDENT, Tourism Organization of the Philippines (1977-1986)
INTERNATIONAL CHAIRMAN, American Society of Travel Agents (first Asian to head ASTA International, the largest travel association in the world), 1985-1986
PRESIDENT, Philippine Society of Travel Agents (1974-1976) and Philippine Association of Tourist Transport Operators (1979-1987)
GOVERNOR, Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), 1990-1994 and Chairman, MAP Management Man of the Year 1994 Award
VICE-PRESIDENT, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 1993-1995
MEMBER of the following organizations: Bishop-Businessmen’s Conference (BBC), Young Presidents’ Organizations (YPO) and SKAL Club of Manila
DIRECTOR, International Corporate Bank (then known as Continental Bank) which later merged with the Union Bank, 1972-1974
HONORARY CONSUL, Republic of Honduras (1981-1983).
CONSULTANT, World Tourism Organization (WTO), (1978-1981)
DIRECTOR and SECRETARY, Manila Polo Club (1990-1991)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, World University Service (1962-1965)

As a Youth Leader:

PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER, National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), (1958-1959)
PRESIDENT, FEU Central Student Organization (1957-1958)
PRESIDENT, FEU Student Catholic Action, 1960
MOST ILLUSTRIOUS KNIGHT, Kappa Gamma Phi Fraternity of University Scholars (1956-1957)
STAFF MEMBER, FEU Advocate (1955-1956) and FEU Green & Gold (1959-1960)

12. Major Awards

THE RENAISSANCE JURIST OF THE 21st CENTURY given by the Supreme Court of the Philippines during his retirement ceremonies on December 6, 2006
SILVER JUBILEE AWARDEE, Legal Management Council of the Philippines, 1990
OUTSTANDING MANILAN FOR 1991 given by the City of Manila

MOST OUTSTANDING LAW ALUMNUS FOR 1988 (sole awardee) given by the Far Eastern University Law Alumni Association on December 16, 1988
MOST OUTSTANDING PRACTISING LAWYER given by the Consumers’ Union of the Philippines on March 16, 1994
MOST DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS in the field of LAW given by the FEU ADVOCATE, official student newspaper of Far Eastern University, 1990
BLUE FALCON Awardee, Mapa High School Alumni Association, 1993
GOLDEN HELM AWARD from the Senate of West Berlin and the Int’l. Association of Helmsmen, Berlin (1984)
MOST OUTSTANDING TOURISM PERSONALITY AWARD given by the Skal Club of Makati (1986)
FOUNDER’S AWARD, Philippine Travel Agencies Association (1990)
PRESIDENTIAL GAWAD AWARD given by the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (City University of Manila), 1995
DR. NICANOR REYES, SR. MEDAL OF MERIT given by Far Eastern University, May 1, 1998
MEDAL OF HONOR, Angeles University Foundation, 1999
EMINENT AND DISTINGUISHED JURIST AWARD given by the Consumers’ Union of the Philippines, 2002
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS, Far Eastern University, 1998
DIAMOND JUBILEE AWARD, Far Eastern University, 2003
ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR, Far Eastern University, 2006
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, FEU Law Alumni Association, 2006
NOBLESSE OBLIGE AWARD, Pasig Catholic College, 2007
AWARD OF HONOR, Philippine Bar Association, 2007
MOST OUTSTANDING KAPAMPANGAN given by the Province of Pampanga, 2010