President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday appointed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando to the Supreme Court.
Hernando, a graduate of the San Beda law school, will take the seat left vacant by Justice Samuel Martires who was appointed Ombudsman recently.
The new High Court magistrate is known in the CA for his zero backlog -- with 417 cases disposed in 2013 and 370 in 2012.
In his first four years, Hernando was able to dispose 86.49 percent of cases he handled.
Hernando, 52, will serve in the High Court for about 18 years before he reaches mandatory retirement age of 70.
Hernando was a state prosecutor with the Department of Justice for five years, before being appointed judge of Quezon City (QC) RTC Branch 93. He stayed at the QC RTC for over three years, until becoming a judge at the RTC in San Pablo, Laguna.
Hernando also teaches law in San Beda College law school, Ateneo Law School and University of Sto. Tomas Law and was three-time Bar examiner in commercial law.
Hernando is the sixth associate justice appointed by Duterte so far in the SC. The first five were Martires, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo and Jose Reyes Jr.