Ex-SC justice Cuevas passes away

Posted at 02/10/2014 8:48 AM | Updated as of 02/10/2014 11:14 AM
Veteran lawyer and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas

MANILA – Veteran lawyer and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas has passed away, the high court announced Monday. He was 85.

The SC, in its official Twitter account, said Cuevas passed away on Sunday evening.

Cuevas, a graduate of University of the Philippines College of Law, served as the lead defense counsel in the impeachment trial of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

He also worked as justice secretary under the administration of former President Joseph Estrada. He was an associate justice during the Marcos administration.

Cuevas was the Supreme Court's 106th Associate Justice, serving from June 1, 1984 to April 16, 1986.

He was a known lawyer of the influential Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) and a former chairman of New Era University, which was established by the INC.

Meanwhile, the Aquino administration extended condolences to the family of the late Supreme Court magistrate.

"We extend our condolences to the family of the late Justice Serafin Cuevas who dedicated a good portion of his life and career to public service," Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.

Former president Joseph Estrada also praised Cuevas as a "man of competence and unquestionable integrity."

"Justice Serafin Cuevas was undoubtedly one of the most brilliant legal minds in the country. I appointed him Justice Secretary when I was president because he was a man of competence and unquestionable integrity. It was an honor to have him as a member of my Cabinet," he said.