Duterte appoints fellow Bedan Noel Tijam as SC Associate Justice

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(File photo) Court of Appeals Associate Justice Noel Tijam during an interview with the Judicial and Bar Council.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday named his second appointee to the Supreme Court (SC).

Court of Appeals Associate Justice Noel Tijam will take his new post as SC Associate Justice, replacing SC Associate Justice Arturo Brion who retired December 29 last year.

Tijam was part of Court of Appeal's Seventh Division that dismissed the plea of Reynald Lim — the brother of alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Lim had petitioned the appellate court to junk the Justice Department's finding of probable cause on serious illegal detention charges against him.

Tijam also authored the decision upholding the closure of the bankrupt Banco Filipino.


Duterte, by the end of his term in 2022, may appoint at least 10 justices to the Supreme Court.

The President on Monday also appointed Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Samuel Martires as SC Associate Justice.

Who is Noel Tijam?

Tijam graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Beda College in 1967, with a degree in Bachelor of Arts, Major in Philosophy and Political Science.

A classmate of Duterte, Tijam graduated Cum Laude and Class Salutatorian from the San Beda College of Law in 1971.

Tijam passed the Bar Examinations of 1971 at age 22.

He was appointed presiding Judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 in 1994 and served as President of the QC RTC Judges Association.

Tijam was promoted to the Court of Appeals in 2003. Prior to his SC appointment, he served as senior member of Court of Appeals' Eleventh Division.