CJSearch PROFILE: Raul Cano Pangalangan

Posted at 07/19/12 3:51 PM

Pangalangan, 53, is a columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, where he wrote informative and analytical articles on the Corona impeachment trial.

This will be the fifth time that he will be scrutinized by the Judicial and Bar Council for a position in the Supreme Court.

He was an amicus curiae (friend of the court) of the Supreme Court in the impeachment case of then-Chief Justice Hilario Davide. He then believed that the case against Davide was not ripe for adjudication.

Pangalangan went to Law school at UP. He took the Bar in 1984, where he got a grade of 83.8%.

He also became the dean of the UP College of Law for two terms, from 1999 to 2005.

He took his master’s and doctorate at the Harvard University, where he became a visiting professor in 1998 and 2007.

Pangalangan is chairman of a non-government organization, Bantay Katarungan, which won a case against Comelec on the release of the names of party-list representatives.

He also once represented Inquirer columnist Randy David, challenging successfully a case involving Arroyo’s proclamation of a state of emergency in February 2006.

At The Hague Academy of International Law, he lectured on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea and Southeast Asia during its 2008 session, and served as Director of Studies in 2000.