PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. as associate justice of the Supreme Court.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea sent Reyes’ appointment in a transmittal letter to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday.
Reyes’ grandfather, Alex Reyes, was also a former SC justice. His father, Andres Reyes Sr., was a presiding justice of the appellate court.
Reyes will replace Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes who retired on July 6.
“I would like to thank the Lord Almighty for this blessing and to President Rodrigo Duterte for the trust and confidence,” Reyes said.
Reyes served as CA presiding justice for seven years.
He is Duterte’s third appointee to the high court, the first two being Associate Justices Samuel Martires and Noel Tijam.
Reyes finished his elementary and secondary education at La Salle, Greenhills. As an undergraduate, he studied economics at De La Salle University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Saint Mary’s College, California.
He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and his Master of Public Administration degree from the Philippine Women’s University. He also participated in the Top Management Program of the Asian Institute of Management.
While still a law student, he worked as the private secretary of his father at the CA.
After graduating from law school and passing the bar examinations in 1978, he worked as prosecutor and later as chief legal officer of the Office of the Tanodbayan. He was appointed judge of the Metropolitan Trial Court, Branch 61, Makati, Metro Manila in 1987 and judge of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 75, San Mateo, Rizal in 1990. He was promoted to CA Justice in 1999.
In addition to his judicial duties, Reyes is also involved in many activities regarding the improvement of the legal system. He is a former president of the Metropolitan Trial Court Judges Association. He is also engaged in work relating to education, being a former law professor at the Arellano University and at present teaching law at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of La Salle, Greenhills.