Supreme Court of the Philippines

Ex-SC Justice Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera dies

Lian Buan
Ex-SC Justice Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera dies

AMEURFINA MELENCIO HERRERA. Retired Associate Justice Herrera (circa 2006), by Anyo_Niminus from Wikimedia Commons.

Justice Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera was only the second woman to serve as Supreme Court justice

Former Supreme Court Justice Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera has died.

“RIP Justice Ameurfina Melencio Herrera (retired), Chairperson Emeritus, Philippine Judicial Academy,” said Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen in a tweet on Monday, October 12.

Leonen said the flags in the Supreme Court were lowered at half mast.

Herrera was only the second woman justice of the Supreme Court after Justice Cecilia Muñoz-Palma.

Justice Herrera was also the Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJa).

Justice Herrera was a trial court judge and a Court of Appeals justice before being appointed to the Court.

“Thank you for your contribution to the rule of law and justice in big word Philippines. You should have been the first female Chief Justice of the Philippines,” said Law Professor Tony La Viña.

La Viña added: “Your leadership as the founding Chancellor of the Philippines Judicial Academy has been exemplary.”

Former SC spokesperson Ted Te said: “I also remember her courageous handling of the aftermath of the ’81 bar exam scandal.”

In a statement, Malacañang said “Justice Herrera was the embodiment of judicial excellence.”

“She topped the Philippine Bar Examinations, appointed the second woman Supreme Court Justice, and became the Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA),” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. –

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Lian Buan covers justice and corruption for Rappler. She is interested in decisions, pleadings, audits, contracts, and other documents that establish a trail. If you have leads, email or tweet @lianbuan.