COTABATO CITY: Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman has endorsed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao to a seat in the Supreme Court with the expected vacancy in the High Tribunal upon the retirement of Justice Jose Perez on December 14.In the nomination letter Hataman sent to the Judicial Bar Council (JBC), he said, “Justice Dimaampao is publicly known as a highly respected justice especially in the Muslim community. As a Bangsamoro himself, Justice Dimaampao carries with him the aspiration to uplift the lives and pursue the rights of his fellow Muslims.”
Sworn in at the age of 40 in 2004, Dimaampao is the youngest magistrate to be appointed to the Appellate Court.
A proud and distinguished Bangsamoro, Dimaampao is the first and only Muslim senior state prosecutor.
He is also a known luminary in Shari’ah Law in the country and is a professional lecturer of the Department of Shari’a Law and Jurisprudence of the Philippine Judicial Academy at the Supreme Court.
He also teaches taxation, commercial law, and civil law in at least three law schools in Metro Manila. He also conducts bar review classes all over the country.
This is not the first time Dimaampao is being nominated for a vacancy in the Supreme Court; with nominations dating back to 2010. The nomination is in line with the Organic Law for the ARMM, also known as Republic Act No. 9054, which states that “it shall be the policy of the central government or national government that, whenever feasible, at least one justice in the Supreme Court and two justices in the Court of Appeals shall come from qualified jurists of the autonomous region.”
The said law also gives the ARMM regional governor recommendatory powers, after consultations with the ARMM Regional Assembly and other concerned sectors, through which he may submit names to the JBC for consideration prior to the nomination a new Supreme Court justice.