César Bengzon

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César Bengzon
9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
In office
April 28, 1961 – May 29, 1966
Appointed byCarlos P. Garcia
Preceded byRicardo Paras
Succeeded byRoberto Concepcion
Personal details
Born
César Fernando Bengzon y Cabrera

(1896-05-29)May 29, 1896
Camiling, Tarlac, Captaincy General of the Philippines
DiedSeptember 3, 1992(1992-09-03) (aged 96)
Philippines
ParentsVicent e Bengzon
Paz Cabrera

César Fernando Cabrera Bengzon (May 29, 1896 – September 3, 1992) was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from April 28, 1961 until May 29, 1966. In November 1966, a few months after his retirement, he became the first Filipino to be appointed to the International Court of Justice.

Judicial career[edit]

Bengzon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ateneo de Manila in 1915. He graduated his Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines in 1919, and placed second in the Bar Examinations that same year.

Starting out as a law clerk, he was promoted to Solicitor General in 1932 and Undersecretary of Justice under Governor-General (later U.S. Supreme Court Justice) Frank Murphy in 1933. He was later appointed in 1936 to the Court of Appeals, and became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1945. He left the Supreme Court in 1948 to become Secretary of Justice under President Elpidio Quirino, but was reinstated a few months later.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Antonio Horrilleno
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
1945–1961
Succeeded by
Dionisio de Leon
Preceded by
Felicisimo R. Deria
Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
1953–1961
Succeeded by
Sabino B. Padilla
Preceded by
Ricardo M Paras, Jr.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
1961–1966
Succeeded by
Roberto R. Concepcion, Jr.