Francis Garchitorena

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Francis Garchitorena
Born Francis Xavier Garchitorena
(1938-01-08)January 8, 1938
Kobe, Japan[1]
Died February 25, 2005(2005-02-25) (aged 67)
Makati, Philippines
Known for Presiding judge of Sandiganbayan
Parent(s) Buenaventura de Erquiaga Palacios
Flor Chereau Garchitorena

Francis Xavier Garchitorena[1] (January 8, 1938 - February 25, 2005) was a Filipino Sandiganbayan Presiding Judge from 1986 to 2002.[2]

Francis studied in Ateneo de Naga University and graduated from the Law School of Ateneo de Manila University in 1962.[3] He was one of the leading lawyers during his time. He was appointed Sandigan Bayan Justice. Minita V. Chico Nazario was appointed to fill his place.[4]

In 2001, he quarreled with Associate Justice Anacleto Badoy, but engaged in dialogue.[5]


Garchitorena's biological father, Buenaventura de Erquiaga Palacios (1895-1959), was a Spanish honorary vice consul, from Ea, Biscay. Garchitorena's mother, Flor Chereau Garchitorena (1902-1981), came from Tigaon, Camarines Sur, and was of Spanish and French descent. Flor's brother was Don Mariano Garchitorena, governor of Camarines Sur, secretary of Agriculture and commerce, and Minister to Spain.

Garchitorena was the grandson by paternal line of Felipe Santiago de Erquiaga de Odiaga (1859-?) and María Jesús Palacios Goitia (1858-?), and by maternal line of Don Andrés Garchitorena who also had Indian blood, a revolutionary mason and member of Aguinaldo's Hong Kong Junta, and of Marguerite Chereau, who was French.

Illness and death[edit]

On January 17, 2005, Garchitorena was diagnosed with brain tumor. He died at Makati Medical Center in Makati at 8:45 PM on February 25, 2005.[6]


  1. ^ a b U.S., Consular Reports of Births, 1910-1949
  2. ^ "Farewell to a man of conviction and integrity, Former Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Francis E. Garchitorena.". Manila Bulletin | 2005-03-01. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  3. ^ "Ateneo de Manila University". Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Associate Justice Minita V. Chico Nazario retires from the Supreme Court". The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Supreme Court moves to patch up Sandigan quarrel". Manila Bulletin Newspaper; BNET. 2001-11-07. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  6. ^ "Francis Garchitorena, 67". Philippine Daily Inquirer. February 26, 2005. p. A2. Retrieved March 30, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)