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Adolf Sevilla Azcuna

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The Manila Times Internet Edition | TOP STORIES > Azcuna appointed as Supreme Court associate justice, 18 Oct 2002 [cached]
Azcuna appointed as Supreme Court associate justice
Brushing aside strong objections from some non-government organizations, President Macapagal-Arroyo has appointed former presidential legal counsel Adolf Azcuna as associate justice of the Supreme Court.
Azcuna replaces Justice Santiago Kapunan who retired.
The President picked Azcuna from the shortlist of five nominees submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) as possible replacement for Kapunan.
Azcuna said he was elated over his appointment by the President to the Supreme Court.
He added he does not harbor any ill-feelings against former Senate president Jovito Salonga and former Justice secretary Sedfrey Ordoñez who opposed his appointment to the Supreme Court.
Salonga and Ordoñez, who belong to Bantay Katarungan, warned the President against appointing Azcuna, citing his alleged connections with the Marcos administration, particularly with Benjamin "Kokoy" Romualdez, brother-in-law of the deposed strongman.
On the other hand, Azcuna's reported backers for the Supreme Court were former President Corazon Aquino and retired former Supreme Court associate justice Cecilia Muñoz-Palma.
Azcuna served in various capacities under the Aquino administration, including presidential legal counsel and Press secretary.
A graduate of the Ateneo de Manila College of Law, Azcuna placed fourth in the 1962 Bar exams.He also taught law at the Ateneo and is partner of the Azcuna Arroyo Chua and Caedo Law Offices.
Azcuna was appointed to the Sup­reme Court on his second try.
In his first bid, Azcuna aspired for either one of the two vacancies left by SC Associate Justices Sabino de Leon and Jose Melo.
The Chair Wrecker by William M. Esposo [cached]
This occurred to me last Friday when I attended the retirement ceremony of Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolf Azcuna. Hearing the highly-esteemed Chief Justice Reynato Puno extol the legacy of the retiring Adolf Azcuna, as if in awe, narrating Adolf's landmark decisions and initiatives - I could not help feel that here we have a great Filipino bowing out of public service and only the cognoscenti will know what we all owe him.
Among the many landmark ponencias that Adolf Azcuna contributed which improved tremendously the administration of justice in our country are the Writ of Amparo, the recent decision that Cpl.
To highlight his patriotism, Adolf Azcuna dissented from that decision on executive privilege.
In a country where utang na loob (debt of gratitude) weighs a lot, Adolf Azcuna proved that he could resist favoring the Malacanang Palace resident who appointed him to the Supreme Court if doing the right thing called for it.
Unless you are naïve, you'd do well to regard as friends of convenience those who you meet whilst walking the corridors of power. Although I maintained that sober attitude during the Cory Aquino administration, I must admit to being fortunate to have made lifelong friends. Adolf Azcuna was one of them.
I met Adolf through Elfren S. Cruz, former PMS (Presidential Management Staff) Secretary and Metro Manila Governor.
Adolf and Elfren are sterling examples of the kind of leadership that Cory Aquino wielded - recognizing the effective, technically equipped, strong, silent workers and trusting them with some of the most sensitive positions in the Office of the President.
What immediately struck me about Adolf Azcuna was his unaffected manner of occupying the powerful and sensitive positions that Cory Aquino entrusted to him.
From those Malacanang Palace days up to now, Adolf and Mariazun Azcuna (Azun is Adolf's bitter half, oops I mean better half) still reside in their BF Homes Alamanza house.
I can never forget one unusual situation that took Adolf to resolve during the Cory years.
Desperate to resolve the issue, Elfren ran to Adolf for help on how to decide which government agency had jurisdiction.
Adolf finally resolved it and the clearing operation got underway. The aircraft being on the expressway, the Metro Manila Commission was tasked with its removal.
I was surprised and felt privileged when Adolf deviated from his prepared speech during his retirement ceremony and talked about me and the memories we shared during the Cory years. What to me was help which I'll gladly extend to a friend, Adolf never ceased appreciating the help I gave him when he was Press Secretary, Presidential Spokesman and PCGG Chairman. Adolf needed my advice on how to avoid the landmines that naughty media men can plant along the route of public officials.
Many of us were touched when Adolf acknowledged that he followed the advice of his former law professor to pray first for the Lord's guidance before he pens a decision. To us who know Adolf Azcuna, there was no doubt that he did just that.
Former Supreme Court Associate Justice ... [cached]
Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolf Azcuna and present head of the Philippine Judicial Academy, said, "If you want to restore the drug offenders, you should be improving the places where you help drug addicts recover from their addiction."
Azcuna named to high court - Oct. 19, 2002, 18 Oct 2002 [cached]
Azcuna named to high courtPosted: 11:52 PM (Manila Time) | Oct. 18, 2002
PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced Friday the appointment of Adolf Sevilla Azcuna as associate justice of the Supreme Court.
Azcuna was chief legal counsel and press secretary of President Corazon Aquino.
Azcuna in an interview Friday vowed to "bring the court closer to the poor", quoting a maxim that those who have less in life should have more in law.He said the court should cut fees drastically or totally exempt the poor from paying docket fees.
"The court itself should be more aware of the needs of the poor," he said."I'm sure the (justices) are aware of this already.But I'll consult them."
Azcuna will have seven years in the Supreme Court before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.
He has never had any direct judicial experience.
"But I worked for the court as a lawyer helping a justice," said Azcuna who was an aide of Jose P. Bengzon, the former Court of Appeals presiding justice and later Supreme Court associate justice from 1963 to 1968.
Bantay Katarungan has accused Azcuna of fronting for the Trans-middle East Philippines Equities Inc., an alleged dummy firm of Romualdez, who is facing multiple graft cases.It says Azcuna, while serving as president and board chairperson of the company, made it possible for Romualdez to take control of the former Philippine Capital International Bank (PCI Bank).
Azcuna maintains his innocence, saying Romualdez's acquisition of PCI Bank shares "was done very much behind my back."
The President signed Azcuna's appointment papers on Oct. 17, a day after the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) submitted to her a shortlist of nominees to replace Justice Santiago Kapunan, who retired on Aug. 12.
A vacancy in the court must be filled within 90 days.
Ms Macapagal had publicly expressed her preference for Azcuna when she was filling up two previous vacancies in the high court but Azcuna failed to make it to the JBC shortlist at the time.He applied again after Kapunan retired.
The President has admitted that Mrs. Aquino had talked to her about Azcuna when the two of them met during the death anniversary of the martyred opposition leader, Benigno Aquino Jr., last Aug. 21.
Azcuna finished law, cum laude, at the Ateneo de Manila University where he has been a professor of law since 1990.He placed fourth in the 1962 bar examinations.
He was a partner in the Bengzon law offices before serving in the Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution.
He put up his own law firm in 1987 and became Mrs. Aquino's chief presidential legal counsel from October 1987 to June 1989.
Azcuna also served as press secretary and spokesperson to Mrs. Aquino.
Azcuna named to high court
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Supreme Court Associate Justice ..., 20 May 2011 [cached]
Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolf Azcuna, a former associate of Yorac at the Azcuna Yorac Sarmiento Arroyo and Chua Law Office, said their former partners had confirmed the report.
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