|171st Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines|
|Assumed office |
September 16, 2011
|Appointed by||Benigno Aquino III|
|Preceded by||Conchita Carpio-Morales|
|Associate Justice of the Philippine Court of Appeals|
March 15, 2004 – September 16, 2011
|Appointed by||Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo|
|Regional Trial Court Judge for Branch 142 of Makati City|
|Appointed by||Joseph Ejercito-Estrada|
|Metropolitan Trial Court Judge for Branch 66 of Makati City|
|Appointed by||Fidel V. Ramos|
|Born||May 14, 1952|
Plaridel, Bulacan, Philippines
|Spouse(s)||Atty. Ricardo C. Bernabe, Jr|
|Alma mater||Ateneo de Manila University|
St. Paul College, Manila
Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe was born in Plaridel, Bulacan. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Banking and Finance magna cum laude at St. Paul College of Manila and earned her law degree from the Ateneo de Manila Law School graduating as Class Salutatorian in 1976. She passed the bar examination in 1977 with a bar rating of 85.156%.
Early Judicial Posts
Justice Perlas-Bernabe has served the Judiciary as Regional Trial Court Judge of Makati City from January 2000 to March 2004, Metropolitan Trial Court Judge of the same City from March 1996 to January 2000, and as Technical Assistant in the Office of the Court Administrator, Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1977 to 1979. She also worked in various private and government offices, namely, as Legal Assistant, Legal Department of China Banking Corporation (1979–1980); Senior Manager, Legal Department of Paramount Finance Corp. (1980–1987); Legal Manager and Corporate Secretary/ Legal Consultant of the National Home Mortgage and Finance Corp. (1990–1993); and Senior Partner of Bernabe Perlas Morte and Associates (1993–1996).
Associate Justice (2011–present)
Bernabe was the third appointee of President Benigno Aquino III to the Supreme Court of the Philippines as an associate justice on September 16, 2011. She replaced Conchita Carpio Morales, who retired from the Court on June 19, 2011 and later assumed the position of Ombudsman of the Philippines. She voted in favor of the burial of former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
| Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines