10p Portrait, Chief Justice Claudio
Teehankee - Singles (104,000)
Clarissa S. Villanueva
Virginia S. Mercado, Clarissa S. Villanueva
Layout Artist: Victorino Z. Serevo
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
First Day Covers: Manila
Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee - 25th
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
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