Conrado M. Vasquez

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Conrado M. Vasquez
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102nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
In office
May 14, 1982 – September 3, 1983
Appointed by Ferdinand Marcos
Preceded by Ramon C. Fernandez
Succeeded by Buenaventura S. De la Fuente
Ombudsman of the Philippines
In office
May 1988 – 1995
President Corazon Aquino
Fidel V. Ramos
Preceded by Newly created
Succeeded by Aniano A. Desierto
Personal details
Born (1913-09-03)September 3, 1913
Biñan, Laguna, Philippine Islands
Died September 19, 2006(2006-09-19) (aged 93)

Conrado M. Vasquez (September 3, 1913 — September 19, 2006) was the first Ombudsman of the Philippines and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

Early career[edit]

Vasquez earned his law degree from the University of the Philippines, graduating valedictorian of his class in 1937. After a brief stint in private practice, he first joined the government service as a lawyer with the Department of Justice. Beginning in 1954, he would serve as a trial court judge in Batangas and Manila until his elevation to the Court of Appeals in 1973. During that time, Vasquez would also teach law in several Manila law schools.

Associate Justice, then Ombudsman[edit]

At the age of 68, Vasquez was appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines on May 14, 1982. He served on the Court for less than two years and was obliged to retire upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 on September 3, 1983.

Vasquez was plucked out of retirement from government service during the term of President Corazon Aquino. The 1987 Constitution had created the Office of the Ombudsman with jurisdiction in the investigation and discipline of public officials and government employees. In May 1988, President Aquino appointed the 74-year-old Vasquez because of the Zaldivar doctrine of the Supreme Court. He would serve out the full 7-year term, finally retiring from public life in 1995. His daughter Leonora, served in the executive branch under various capacities during the administrations of Presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada.

Vasquez died on September 19, 2006, sixteen days after his 93rd birthday. At the time of his death, he was the oldest surviving former Justice of the Supreme Court.

References[edit]

  • Sevilla, Victor J. (1985). Justices of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Vol. III. Quezon City, Philippines: New Day Publishers. pp. 173–174. ISBN 971-10-0139-X. 
Preceded by
Ramon C. Fernandez
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
1982–1983
Succeeded by
Buenaventura S. De la Fuente
Preceded by
Post Created
Ombudsman of the Republic of the Philippines
1988–1995
Succeeded by
Aniano A. Desierto