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2014, November 27.  Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee, 25th Death Anniversary

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles, Sheets of  40



10p  Portrait, Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee - Singles   (104,000)


Designer:  Clarissa S. Villanueva

Design Coordinators:  Virginia S. Mercado, Clarissa S. Villanueva
Layout Artist:  Victorino Z. Serevo 

Design:  Portrait of Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee as rendered in 1988 by 2009 National Artist, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, with the iconic flaming torch and book and phrase ( as engraved in Teehankee's tombstone at the Libingan ng mga Bayani) in the foreground, symbolizing his being a beacon of truth, integrity and justice during the martial law years.


First Day Covers:  Manila





Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee - 25th Death Anniversary


Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee (April 18, 1918 – November 27, 1989) is the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.  He was also the most senior associate justice and chairman of the First Division of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

He was known as a competent and honest administrator at the justice department but, most importantly, as a courageous justice of the Supreme Court, especially during the Martial Law years of President Ferdinand Marcos.   He wrote critical opinions that stripped away the shroud of legality that Marcos sought to drape over his abuses and one-man rule and penned bold dissents against the majority position.  

Under his leadership, he fought to keep the judiciary strong and independent, and worthy of the people’s respect and confidence. He was drafted into government service by President Marcos who appointed him Justice Undersecretary in 1966, and Secretary, later in 1968.  He became Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1979, and chief justice in 1986.  Teehankee served as ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.  He co-founded the Nationalist Citizen’s Party with Senators Claro M. Recto and Lorenzo Tanada.   His organizations include the Civil Liberties Union of the Philippines, of which he was once Chairman and Vice-Chairman, and the National Movement for Free Elections, of which he was once a Director.

“Dingdong” to his friends, Teehankee graduated with top honors in college and in law schools, and topped the bar examinations in 1940. He started the active practice of law in 1941 and after WW II, opened a partnership with former senators Lorenzo Tañada and Emmanuel Pelaez.  He died of natural cause in 1989. He was married to Pilar D. Javier with whom he had nine children: Claudio Jr., Robert, Evelyn, Priscilla, Ramon Gonzalo, Raul, Manuel and Ricardo.




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