MANILA — Senator Richard J. Gordon today welcomed the appointment of
Court of Appeals Associate Justice Japar B. Dimaampao to become the
second Muslim justice to sit in the Supreme Court (SC).
In a statement, Gordon, an ex-officio member of the Judicial and Bar
Council, said he welcomes Dimaampao’s appointment which was
overwhelmingly endorsed by the Muslim communities in the country.
“I’m elated with the appointment of another Muslim to the Supreme
Court. It has been more than three decades since the High Tribunal
had justice from Muslim Mindanao,” he said.
“I have no doubt that Dimaampao will surely give an equal and fair
representation of the Muslim community in the judiciary and strengthen
the institution of our sharia justice system in the country,” he
Dimaampao is a known expert in taxation, commercial and civil law, and
has been pushing for the organization of a sharia appellate court
across the country and the enrichment of jurisprudence on sharia law.
As a law professor and bar reviewer in law universities and review
centers in Manila, he is also very knowledgeable about the Philippine
Islamic law and the intricacies of the Moro’s legal ways as well as
its related customs and traditions.
Dimaampao was the youngest associate justice ever appointed to the CA
which he, later on, served for 15 years. He is considered as the second
Muslim ever appointed in the High Tribunal, the first one was
Associate Justice Abdulwahid Bidin in 1987.
“His appointment reflects the inclusivity and diversity of our society
on the judiciary, notably on the Supreme Court. He’s very experienced
in very complicated legal issues that impact the everyday lives of
Filipino Muslims,” Gordon said.
With his latest appointment, he replaced former justice Mariano del
Castillo who recently retired last July 29. (ai/mtvn)