Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, the investigating magistrate who pushed for the ouster of Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong, has been confirmed by the Commission on Appointments (CA).
Gutierrez will be the newest member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), replacing another retired SC justice, Regino Hermosisima. Gutierrez will sit in the JBC for a term of four years.
She was appointed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd and her credentials were forwarded later to the CA for her confirmation.
Gutierrez was tapped by the High Court to investigate Ong after the latter was linked with alleged pork barrel scam architect Janet Lim-Napoles.
She was known to be the “Lady Dragon” during her stint in the judiciary for her fearless decisions and opinions. She is a close friend of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and is expected to be the only one who can confront Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in the JBC.
Gutierrez is currently the Dean of the Graduate School of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, current Board Chairperson of Aliw Broadcasting Corp. of dwIZ radio station and a member of the Board of Directors of San Miguel Corp.
She was the last appointee of then-President Joseph Estrada to the High Court in December 2000. Before reaching the SC, she was a former justice of the Court of Appeals to where she was appointed in 1991. She became a Manila trial judge in 1983.
The newest JBC member graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in 1960 and after graduation she worked at the National Bureau of Investigation where she married the then-NBI Assistant Director Diego Gutierrez.
She was the first recipient of the prestigious Cayetano Arellano Award as Outstanding Regional Trial Court Judge of the Philippines in 1990.
The retired magistrate has three children: MuntinlupaCity (Metro Manila) Chief Prosecutor Aileen Marie Gutierrez; Francis Joseph Gutierrez, an Esquire (attorney at law) and a graduate of American University Washington College of Law; and James Gerard, also an Esquire and a graduate of Boston University School of Law and now practices law in New York.