MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday appointed Sandiganbayan Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo to the Supreme Court (SC).
Gesmundo will take the place of retired SC Justice Jose Mendoza who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 on August 13.
He became the fourth appointee of the President to the high tribunal following Associate Justices Samuel Martires, Noel Tijam and Andres Reyes Jr.
Prior to his appointment, Gesmundo used to be the chair of the Sandiganbayan's Seventh Division.
He was admitted to the bar on April 27, 1985, and started government service with the Office of the Solicitor General as a trial attorney in August of the same year.
Gesmundo became assistant solicitor general in 2002.
In 2004, Gesmundo became a member of the Court of Tax Appeals' Committee on Revision of the Rules.
Source: Philippine News Agency