New Supreme Court Associate Justice is from Lavezares

The new Supreme Court Associate Justice hails from Lavezares, Northern Samar.

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Samuel Martires has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He is the first appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Supreme Court.

He earned 5 votes from the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) during the panel interviews held last November. The JBC is a constitutionally-created body that recommends appointees for vacancies that may arise in the composition of the Supreme Court, other lower courts, the Legal Education Board, and in the offices of the Ombudsman, Deputy Ombudsman and the Special Prosecutor.

The JBC is composed of a representative of the Integrated Bar, a professor of law, a retired member of the Supreme Court, a representative of the private sector, the Secretary of Justice and a representative of Congress. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is ex officio chairman, while the Clerk of the Supreme Court is the ex officio secretary.

Martires is 68 years old and is two years away from the mandatory retirement age of 70.


Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda College
Master of Laws from the University of Santo Tomas, with 27 units earned
Admitted to the Bar in 1976

Professional background:

Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan for more than 10 years
Presiding Judge of the Agoo, La Union Regional Trial Court Branch 32 from July 2000 to May 2006 Private practice as a litigator for 13 years, from 1987 to 2000; handled mostly civil cases
Assistant Department Manager at the Ministry of Human Settlements from 1979 to 1984
Legal Officer 2 at the Department of Public Works, Transportation, and Communication from 1976 to 1979

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