• Palace condoles with family of Ex-Justice Cuevas

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    Malacañang on Monday expressed its condolences to the family of former Supreme Court associate justice Serafin Cuevas, who died Sunday. He was 85.

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    In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. recalled Cuevas’ tireless devotion to public welfare.

    “We extend our condolences to the family of the late Justice Serafin Cuevas who dedicated a good portion of his life and career to public service,” Coloma told reporters.

    Cuevas, a graduate of University of the Philippines College of Law, is known for handling three impeachment cases in the country, the last being the case against former Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona where he stood as the lead defense counsel.

    He was also the lead defense counsel of then Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, whose impeachment trial was aborted in early 2011 after she resigned, and one of the lawyers of deposed President Joseph Estrada during his impeachment trial in 2001.

    Cuevas also worked as justice secretary under the Estrada administration and an associate justice during the Marcos administration.

    He became a High Court’s 106th Associate Justice, serving from June 1, 1984 to April 16, 1986.

    He was a known lawyer of the influential Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) and a former chairman of New Era University, which was established by the INC.

    CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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