Fomer SC Justice, NEU chair Serafin Cuevas passes away

 
 
 
Veteran lawyer and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas has passed away, the high court announced Monday, February 10. He was 85.
 
The SC, in its official Twitter account, said Cuevas passed away on Sunday evening.

Cuevas, a graduate of University of the Philippines College of Law, served as the lead defense counsel in the impeachment trial of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
 
He was also the lead defense counsel of then Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, whose impeachment trial was aborted in early 2011 after she resigned, and one of the lawyers of deposed President Joseph Estrada during his impeachment trial in 2001.
 
He also worked as justice secretary under the administration of former President Joseph Estrada. He was an associate justice during the Marcos administration.
 
Cuevas was the Supreme Court's 106th Associate Justice, serving from June 1, 1984 to April 16, 1986.
 
He was designated by then Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro as chairman of the SC committee that drafted the trial court manual.
 
He is a known lawyer of the influential Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) and a former chairman of New Era University, which was established by the INC.

Cuevas was born on June 25, 1928 in Bacoor, Cavite.
 
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