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2019, April 18.  Claudio Teehankee, Birth Centenary

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles, Sheets of 40




12p  Claudio Teehankee - Singles  (60,000)


Designer:  Victorio Z. Serevo


First Day Covers:  Manila





Claudio Teehankee was born on April 18, 1918 in Manila, Philippines.  His father, José Tee Han Kee, immigrated to the Philippines in 1901 from Fujian province in China. He was a close associate and friend of Sun Yat-Sen, and was active in the struggle to liberate China from the Qing dynasty.

Teehankee was married to Pilar D. Javier with whom he had nine children. He received his A.B. Summa Cum Laude in 1938 and LL.B. Summa Cum Laude in 1940 from Ateneo de Manila. He also garnered First Place in the 1940 bar examinations with an average of 94.35 percent.

He became Secretary of Justice under President Ferdinand E. Marcos administration in 1967 before being appointed as Associate Justice in 1968.  In 1986, he was appointed to the position of Chief Justice by President Corazon Aquino.

After his retirement, he was appointed as Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations, where he died of cancer in Manhattan, New York on November 27, 1989. He is interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery).

He was known as the court's "activist" justice because of his dissenting opinions in many vital cases affecting the Marcos administration. He was the lone dissenter in many cases, such the High Tribunal's decision upholding the constitutionality of the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980. He also dissented in policies which would seem to curtail the basic liberties of people. For a time, Teehankee and Justice Cecilia Muñoz-Palma would make dissents together. After Muñoz-Palma's retirement, he was joined by Associate Justice Vicente Abad Santos in making dissents.

It was this activism that made Marcos 'by-pass' him twice for the position of Chief Justice (the most senior associate justice is most likely to succeed after the retirement of the Chief Justice) in 1985. It was after the ousting of Marcos that he did get appointed as Chief Justice by the Aquino administration in 1986.





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