Estela Perlas-Bernabe

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Estela Perlas-Bernabe
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171st Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Assumed office
September 16, 2011
Appointed byBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byConchita Carpio-Morales
Associate Justice of the Philippine Court of Appeals
In office
March 15, 2004 – September 16, 2011
Appointed byGloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Regional Trial Court Judge for Branch 142 of Makati City
In office
Appointed byJoseph Ejercito-Estrada
Metropolitan Trial Court Judge for Branch 66 of Makati City
In office
Appointed byFidel V. Ramos
Personal details
Born (1952-05-14) May 14, 1952 (age 66)
Plaridel, Bulacan, Philippines
Spouse(s)Atty. Ricardo C. Bernabe, Jr
Alma materAteneo de Manila University
St. Paul College, Manila

Estela Perlas-Bernabe (born May 14, 1952) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the third appointee to the High Court of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.[1]


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[edit]

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).[2]

Associate Justice (2011–present)[edit]

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.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Conchita Carpio-Morales
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines