Mariano del Castillo

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Mariano C. del Castillo
Delcastillo in robes.jpg
164th Associate Justice
of the Philippine Supreme Court
Assumed office
July 29, 2009
Appointed by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Alicia Austria-Martinez
Personal details
Born (1949-07-29) July 29, 1949 (age 68)
Affiliation Fraternitas Aquila Legis

Mariano C. del Castillo (born July 29, 1949) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.[1]

Chambers of Mariano C. del Castillo (new Supreme Court of the Philippines building).

After graduating from San Beda College, Mariano del Castillo pursued law studies at the Ateneo de Manila University. He joined the Judiciary in 1989 as Municipal Trial Court Judge of San Mateo, Rizal before he was promoted to Regional Trial Court Judge of Angeles City in 1992, and later as Regional Trial Court Judge of Quezon City in 1995, where he was appointed First Vice-Executive Judge. He was appointed CA Justice in 2001. He was active in the Philippine Judges Association where he has served as its Director, Vice-President for Administration, Senior Vice-President, and Executive Vice-President.

Likewise, he has held various positions in religious, civic, community, and non-governmental organizations. He taught Practice Court II at the Ateneo College of Law and lectures at the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) seminars. He was also a pre-Bar reviewer in Legal Ethics and was the Chair/Editor in Chief of the Court of Appeals Journal.

Justice Del Castillo has had a zero backlog in the CA since 2004. In 2005, he was conferred the Best Performing Court of Appeals Justice for 2004 and the Justice George A. Malcolm Award by the Rotary Club of Manila. In 2007, he was conferred the Presiding Justice Award for Outstanding Performance.[2]

Plagiarism controversy[edit]

On 28 April 2010, Justice del Castillo penned the decision on Vinuya vs. Executive Secretary, a case involving Filipina sex slavery victims during the Japanese occupation in the Second World War. Petitioners said that it contains "plagiarized portions" taken out of context to support the arguments for denying their petition.[3]


  1. ^ "Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo". Supreme Court of the Philippines. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Justice Mariano C. del Castillo appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines". Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Dedace, Sophia (July 19, 2010). "Comfort women decry 'plagiarized' SC ruling". GMA News. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Alicia Austria-Martinez
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
July 29, 2009–present