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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
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
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.
was one of them.
I met Adolf
through Elfren S. Cruz, former PMS (Presidential Management Staff) Secretary and Metro Manila Governor.
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.
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.
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.
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Supreme Court Associate Justice ...
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.