SC Justice Carolina Griño-Aquino passes away

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Monday, December 24, 2012

MANILA -- Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Carolina C. Griño-Aquino passed away at 3 p.m. Monday after a lingering illness, her daughter Carmen "Menchu" Aquino-Sarmiento said.

Grino-Aquino was 89.

Aquino-Sarmiento said that in compliance with her mother's wishes, the wake will be held at her home at 59 D. Tuason, Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City.

Interment is on December 29, 2012. Further details will be announced later.

Born on October 22, 1923, Griño-Aquino served in the SC from February 2, 1988 to October 22, 1993 after her husband Chief Justice Ramon C. Aquino had left the SC.

The Aquinos had four children, namely, Edna, Sonia, Carmen and Manuel.

An appointee of President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, she was the fourth woman named to the SC after Associate Justices Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, Ameurfina A. Melencio Herrera and Irene R. Cortes.

Prior to her appointment to the highest court of the land, she was Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals.

Griño-Aquino topped the 1950 Bar Exams with a grade of 92.02 percent.

Previously, she obtained her Liberal Arts degree magna cum laude from the Colegio de San Agustin in Iloilo City and her law degree from the University of the Philippines.

After her retirement from the SC, she served as the first Chairperson of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee.

The SC had also designated her to conduct several administrative investigations, including the Bar Exam leakage in 2003 and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines elections in 2009. (PNA/Sunnex)

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