Bersamin is new SC justice

At 11 am, Thursday (April 2), Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Lucas Bersamin received the news from the High Court that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo picked him to replace Supreme Court Justice Adolfo Azcuna, who hung his robe on February 16, 2009.

Bersamin was expected to get the coveted post after topping the shortlist submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to MalacaƱang with eight votes. He edged out CA justices far more senior than him, such as Justice Portia Hormachuelos, who ranked second in seniority, and Justice Martin Villarama, the third most senior. Bersamin ranked 15th in seniority.

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