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Associate Justice Abraham F. Sarmiento


Tenure: January 26, 1986 - October 08, 1991
Appointed by: Aquino

Birthdate: October 08, 1921
 

Place of Birth: Sevilla, Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur

Children: Abraham Jr. (deceased); Mariano II; Regina and Eleuterio.

Name of Spouse :
Irene Pascual-Sarmiento

Education:
  1. Primary : Sevilla Primary School (salutatorian), 1932
  2. Intermediate : Laoag Central School (salutatorian), 1935
  3. Secondary : Ilocos Norte Provincial High School (valedictorian), 1939
  4. Associate in Arts, University of the Philippines, 1941
  5. Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines, 1949
  6. Admitted to the Philippine Bar on May 16, 1950


Professional Career:
  1. Law Clerk, Paredes & Poblador Law Offices, October 11, 1949 – May 15, 1950
  2. Assistant Attorney, Paredes, Balcoff & Poblador Law Offices, 1950-1951
  3. Managing Partner, Montano, Roxas & Sarmiento Law Offices, 1951-1963
  4. Managing Partner, Roxas & Sarmiento Law Office, 1963-1972
  5. Owner, Abraham F. Sarmiento Law Office, 1972-1987
  6. Professor and Bar Reviewer in Civil Law, College of Law, Francisco College, 1951-1961
  7. USAFFE Veteran (Sergeant) & Recognized Guerilla [Third Lieutenant, Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB)]
  8. Delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention
  9. Ex-Officio Member, Board of Regents, University of the Philippines System, July, 1973 – July, 1979
  10. Associate Justice, Supreme Court, (appointed Jan. 26, 1987, Retired on Oct. 7, 1991)
  11. Chairman, 1988-1989 Bar Examinations
  12. Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  13. Member, Philippine Bar Association
  14. Member, Philippine Society of International Law
  15. President & Co-Founder, Interim National Assembly Association (INAA)
  16. Director & CO-Founder, Philippine Organization for Human Rights (POHR), 1978
  17. Co-Founder & Member, Steering Council and Executive Committee, National Union for Democracy and Freedom (NUDF), 1978
  18. Secretary-General, Co-Founder & Chief Legal Counsel, National Union for Liberation (NUL), Dec. 1979-1982
  19. Co-Founder & Secretary-General, United Nationalist Democratic Organization (UNIDO), 1981 – Dec. 1, 1983
  20. Deputy Secretary-General & Chief Legal Counsel, Liberal Party (LP), Jan. 1982 – Feb. 14, 1984; Secretary-General & Chief Legal Counsel, Liberal Party (LP), Feb. 14, 1984 – Jan. 26, 1987; Member, National Directorate, Executive Committee, Presidential Advisory Committee, and Steering Committee of the Liberal Party (LP) up to Jan. 26, 1987
  21. Chief Legal Counsel and Member of the Governing Council, LABAN (Laban Ng Bayan) Coalition, 1985-1986
  22. Secretary-General and Member of the Executive Committee and the National Council, Nationalist Alliance for Justice, Freedom, and Democracy (NAJFD), 1983-1984; Executive Officer, (President), Nationalist Alliance for Justice, Freedom, and Democracy (NAJFD), 1984-1986; President and Chief Legal Counsel, Nationalist Alliance for Justice, Freedom, and Democracy (NAJFD), re-elected March 16, 1986 up to Jan. 26, 1987
  23. Member, Executive Committee and the National Council for Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) up to Jan. 26, 1987
  24. Member, Bayan Legal Aid Center, (BLAC) up to Jan, 26. 1987
  25. Member, COMPACT up to Jan. 26, 1987
  26. Vice-President & Director, University of the Philippines Endowment Foundation, Inc., 1973-1979
  27. Trustee, University of the Philippines Foundation, Inc., 1978-1986
  28. Executive Vice-President, University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA), 1967-1973; President, U.P. Alumni Association (UPAA), 1973-1979
  29. Chairman, Kilusang Bayan ng Timog Katagalugan (KBTK), Oct. 29, 1981 – Feb. 18, 1984
  30. Director, Board of Directors of the National Council of the National Coalition for the Protection of Workers’ Rights, Jul. 1983
  31. Director, Board of Directors of the Labor Education and Assistance for Development (LEAD), 1983 – Jan. 26, 1987
  32. Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Charter Fellow, BALAI Fellowship, Inc. 1983-1986
  33. Member, Protestant Lawyers’ League
  34. Member, United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Human Rights Committee
  35. Member, International Relations Committee, National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP)
  36. Member, 32 A & A Scottish Rite of Masonry, Luzon Bodies
  37. Member, Hiram ’88 – F & AM
  38. Vice-Chairman, Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, Inc. 1986-1987
  39. Member, Philippine Orchid Society (POS), 1967-1976
  40. Member, Wack Wack Golf & Country Club, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
  41. Member, Capitol Hills Golf & Country Club
  42. Member, Quezon City (Sports) Club, Inc.
  43. Member, Board of Trustees, Philippine Christian Center for Learning (Philippine Christian University), 1988-1990
  44. Trustee, Board of Trustees, Diosdado P. Macapagal Foundation, Inc., 1990
  45. Chairman, Irene Pascial-Sarmiento Foundation, Inc.
  46. Chairman, Board of Trustees, Bishop Sobrepena Memorial Foundation, Inc., July 1992
  47. Member, Board of Trustees, Gerry Roxas Foundation, 1987
  48. Member, Board of Trustees, Jose W. Diokno Foundation, Inc., 1992
  49. President, Pamana ng Kasaysayan Foundation, Inc., April 1992
  50. Co-Chairman, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), 1992
  51. Member, Board of Deacons, Ellinwood Malate Church, Malate, Manila, Jan. 1, 1984 – Dec. 31, 1984; Chairman, Board of Deacons, Ellinwood Malate Church, Malate, Manila, Jan. 1, 1985 – Dec. 31, 1986; Member, Board of Deacons, Ellinwood Malate Church, Malate, Manila, Jan. 1, 1990 – Oct. 1990
  52. President, White Eagle Overseas Oil Co., Inc., 1984-1986
  53. Director, Board of Directors, San Miguel Corporation (SMC), 1986-1987
  54. Director, Board of Directors, San Miguel Brewery Ltd., Hong Kong, 1986-1987
  55. Director, Board of Directors, Ramie Textile, Inc. (Ramitex) 1986-1987
  56. Vice-Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, Inc., Oct. 8, 1991


Awards:
  1. Member, Phi Kappa Phi (International Honor Society)
  2. Most Outstanding Alphan Legal Practitioner Award, Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity, University of the Philippines, March 20, 1965
  3. 10 Outstanding Master Masons for 1988-1989 (Judiciary), Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, April 29, 1989, Baguio City
  4. Alpha Phi Beta Golden Jubilee Award, July 21, 1989
  5. Lord Chancellor Emeritus, Alpha Phi Beta Alumni Association, Inc.
  6. “13 Illustrious Ilocanos of 1989” Award (Judiciary), by Ilocano National Association, Inc., together with Affiliated INA Chapters nationwide, Sept. 15, 1989 (AFP Officers’ Club, Camp Aguinaldo
  7. 1st Lex Pro Humanitas Awadee, Student Council of the College of Law, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) Nov. 16, 1991
  8. “Conscience of the Supreme Court, Defender of People’s Rights”, Kapatid, TFD, Selda, and Gabriela National Coordinating Committee, on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 1991, UP College of Law, Diliman, Q.C.
  9. “For Having Demonstrated And Enriched, By The Shining Example Of His Works, The Finest Tradition Of Love Of Justice and Liberty, And For Having Distinguished Himself In The Arduous Advocacy Of Human Rights And Civil Liberties, As A Public Servant And A Private Citizen, That We May Move Closer Towards The Realization Of Our Cherished Dream Of A Just And Humane Society For All”, given by University of the Philippines Student Council, U.P. Law Student Government, Paralegal Volunteers Organization, Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Amnestiya, Kapisanan Para sa Pagpapalaya at Amnestiya ng mga Detenido sa Pilipinas, and Society of Law Students, on December 12, 1991, in commemoration of the International Human Rights Day
  10. “Distinguished Service Award”, given by the Protestant Lawyers’ League of the Philippines on Aug. 12, 1992, Chapel of the United Church of Christ n the Philippines, Edsa, Quezon City


Professional and Civil Organizations:


Books:
  1. Justice Sarmiento in Dissent. Manila: Supreme Court, 1991. 201p.
  2. Philippine Experience in Enforcing a Bill of Rights: Political Realities and Judicial Perspectives, June 20-22, 1991 . Faculty of Law, University of Hongkong.
  3. Problems in Fair Trial: Philippine Experience in Decline of Fair Trial in Asia.
  4. The Sarmiento Opinions: a Legacy to Liberty. Manila: Supreme Court, 1991. 837p.
  5. Speeches of Justice Abraham F. Sarmiento (from 1987-1991). Manila: Supreme Court: 1991. 431p.
  6. Speeches of Atty. Abraham F. Sarmiento. vol. 1 - U.P. Speeches for the year 1971-79
  7. vol. 2 - Speeches for the year 1971-1979
  8. vol. 3 - Speeches during Marital rule
  9. vol. 4 - Speeches for the year 1981
  10. vol. 5 - Speeches for the year 1982
  11. vol. 6 - Speeches for the year 1983
  12. vol. 7 - Speeches for the year 1984
  13. vol. 8 - Speeches for the year 1985
  14. vol. 9 - Speeches for the year 1986
  15. Suffer Our Children; Paper Read at the Conference Sponsored by the Asian Human Rights Commission and the Albert Schweitzer Association Philippines
  16. The Trial of Andres Bonifacio: The Appeal; A Paper Presented by Supreme Court Justice Abraham F. Sarmiento at an Assembly Convoked in Commemoration of the 129 th Birth Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio and the Centennial of the Katipunan, sponsored by the Pamana ng Kasaysayan Foundation, Inc and the College of Law of the University of the Philippines held at the Malcolm Theater, UP Diliman, QC on November 27, 1992. 93p.
  17. Valedictory Speech , October 7, 1991. 8p.


Periodicals:
  1. Cacdac, Hans Leo J. Justice Sarmiento and State Protection to Labor : the Rule of Compassionate Law. 37 ALJ No. 2, 116 (June 1993)
  2. Sarmiento, Hon. Abraham F. An Enduring Pillar. 1 Barrister Bul No. 3, 2 (June 1989)
  3. Fundamental Changes Effected by the New Judiciary Law (recent legislation) 24 PLJ No. 1, 891 (Feb. 1949)
  4. Jose Abad Santos: An Apotheosis. 14 Lawyers J 268 ( May 31, 1949); 6 Kilosbayan No. 10, 58 (May 1999)
  5. A Resolution for the Retention in the New Constitution of the Presidential System of Government. 37 Lawyers J 326 ( Sept. 30, 1972)
  6. The Supreme Court Through the Years. 1 Barrister Bul. No. 3, 1 (June 1989)

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