The Palace announced on Friday, Aug. 10, that a Court of Appeals (CA) justice has been appointed as a new justice for the Supreme Court (SC).
In a Malacanang document dated August 9, it said that CA Associate Justice Jose Reyes Jr. has been “appointed associate justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines.”
Mr. Reyes will take the seat of Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr, who retired last August 7 after reaching the age of 70. Magistrates of the judiciary are expected to retire once they reach 70 years old.
Mr. Reyes was born on September 18, 1950 and will turn 68 years old this year. He will hold his post as the High Court’s Associate Justice until 2020.
Prior to working in the CA, he worked for the Pasig City Metropolitan Trial Court and Rizal Regional Trial Court. He also took his law degree at San Beda College, which was also the alma matter of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Mr. Reyes is the fifth appointee of the president to the High Court since Mr. Duterte got into presidency in 2016.
Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” T. Go said in a text message to reporters on Friday that Mr. Reyes will have his oath taking on Monday, August 13. — Gillian M. Cortez