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PGMA takes oath as Pampanga rep before associate justice from Region 8

Tacloban City (June 25) -- An associate justice of the Supreme Court who is from Region 8 specifically from Samar is set to administer Outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo oath of office as the new Second District of Pampanga representative.

"I am honored and privileged to have been chosen to administer her oath," Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonio Eduardo Bermejo Nachura who in February 2007 took his oath of office as associate justice of the Supreme Court before President Arroyo.

The oath taking of President Arroyo will take place in her hometown in Pampanga on June 30 when her term as President ends.

Before becoming a member of the High Tribunal, Justice Nachura was the Solicitor General of the Philippines.

The honor given to Justice Nachura by President Arroyo, is considered an honor of the entire Eastern Visayas people especially the friends, former classmates, and relatives of Justice Nachura.

Born in Catbalogan City, Samar, Justice Nachura is a graduate of the San Beda College of Law. He brought honor to Region 8 when he placed 7th in the 1967 bar examinations. In addition, he holds a Doctor of Public Management from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

From his years as a professor of law and a bar reviewer, Justice Nachura has earned wide respect as an expert in political law. He was the Dean of the Arellano Law School from 1992 to 1994. He resigned as Dean in 1994 to accept an appointment as Undersecretary of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

In 1998, Justice Nachura was elected congressman in the House of Representatives, representing the 2nd District of Samar. He served in the 11th Congress and the 12th Congress.

In February 2006, Justice Nachura was named Chief Presidential Legal Counsel by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The following month, Justice Nachura was appointed Solicitor-General by on March 17, 2006, replacing Alfredo Benipayo. In his capacity as Solicitor-General, Justice Nachura has represented the Republic of the Philippines in various cases pending before the courts, including such high-profile cases before the Supreme Court as the People's Initiative cases decided in October, 2006. (PIA 8) [top]

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