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Chief Justice Cesar Bengzon


Tenure: April 28, 1961 - May 29, 1966
Appointed by: Osmeγ‘a

Birthdate: May 29, 1896
Died: September 03, 1992
Place of Birth: Camiling, Tarlac

Education:
  1. Elementary: Camiling Elementary School
  2. High School: Ateneo de Manila
  3. College: Bachelor of Arts, Ateneo de Manila (magna cum laude, with 42 scholarship medals), 1915
  4. Bachelor of Laws, College of Law, University of the Philippines, 1919
  5. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of Manila, 1957
  6. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Ateneo de Manila University, 1964
  7. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of the Philippines, 1964
  8. Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, University of Santo Tomas, 1967
  9. Passed the Bar exam in 2nd place, 1919
Professional Career:
  1. Law Clerk, Special Attorney then Assistant Attorney, Bureau of Justice, 1919 – 1931
  2. Special Attorney, Secretary of Justice, 1920
  3. Solicitor General, 1932
  4. Dean and Professor of Law, University of Manila, 1928 – 1932
  5. Professor of Law, University of Sto. Tomas and Philippine Law School, 1948 – 1954
  6. Undersecretary of Justice and Chairman of the Board of Pardons, 1933
  7. Associate Justice, Court of Appeals, 1936 – 1945
  8. Associate Justice, Supreme Court, 1945 – 1961
  9. Chief Justice, Supreme Court, 1961 – 1966
  10. Awards and Commendations:
  11. Attended, International Commission of Jurists Conference in Rio de Janeiro, 1962
  12. Organized the First Asian Judicial Conference composed of the Chief Justices of Southeast Asian countries in order to discuss the progress of Oriental jurisprudence, 1963
  13. Headed the Philippine delegation to the coronation of Pope Paul VI, 1963
  14. Represented, Bandung Conference in Indonesia, 1964
  15. Attended, Second Asian Judicial Conference in Japan, 1965
  16. Awardee, Code of Kalantiao, 1966
  17. Elected to membership, International Court of Justice, 1966
  18. Professional and Civic Organizations:
  19. President, Philippine Section, International Commission of Jurists, 1962 and 1966
  20. Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Civil Rights Foundation, 1964
  21. Member, Board of Regents, University of the Philippines
  22. President, Philippine Commission of Jurists
Awards:
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