MANILA-- Court of Appeals Associate Justice Noel Tijam has been named as the 176th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) and the second SC justice appointee by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Tijam takes the position of Associate Justice Arturo Brion who retired at the compulsory age of 70 last Dec. 29, 2016.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Beda in 1967 with a degree in Bachelor of Arts, Major in Philosophy and Political Science. At the age of 20, while studying Law, he worked as lecturer at the Philippine School of Business Administration.
In 1971, he graduated cum laude and class salutatorian from the San Beda College of Law and passed the Bar examination at the age of 22.
On Monday, Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Samuel Martires was appointed the 175th SC Associate Justice and the first appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte to the high court.
Martires took the position of Associate Justice Jose Perez, who retire last Dec. 14, 2016.
President Duterte is expected to appoint at least 10 justices in the SC during his six-year term.
There will be two more vacancies during the election period after his term.
Source: Philippines News Agency