Abraham Sarmiento

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Abraham F. Sarmiento, Sr. (* 8. October 1921 in Santa Cruz , Ilocos Sur , Philippines ; † 3. October 2010 in Prague , Czech Republic ) was a Filipino lawyer and judge at the Supreme Court .


After attending school, he studied law at the Law School of the University of the Philippines . During World War II he served as a sergeant in the armed forces of the United States as well as third lieutenant of a guerrilla unit of of General Douglas MacArthur established Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB).

After the end of the war he continued his studies and graduated in 1949. At the same time he published under the title Jose Abad Santos: An Apotheosis, a biography of the murdered President of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice José Abad Santos .

After graduating he took a job as a lawyer and founded together with the subsequent Senators Gerardo Roxas and Justiniano S. Montano , a law firm , before he in 1967 from the partnership retired to his own firm under the name Abraham F. Sarmiento Law Office to establish .

He then worked as a professor of civil law at the Law School of Francisco College and at the same time also examined the state law examinations. In 1971 he was one of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

During the rule of Ferdinand Marcos , supported by the imposition of martial law in September 1972 , he became an opponent of his dictatorial rule, especially since one of his sons, Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., was one of the disappeared people ( Desaparecido ) of this time. At that time he was himself President of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association between 1973 and 1979.

On January 26, 1987, he was appointed Associate Judge at the Supreme Court of the Philippines by President Corazon Aquino to succeed Vicente Abad Santos , a nephew of José Abad Santos, and held this position until October 7, 1991 . At the same time, between 1988 and 1989 he was chairman of the examination committee for the state law examination.

Most recently, the award-winning Sarmiento was President of the Association of Former Supreme Court Justices and was a member of the Board of Directors of the University of the Philippines ( UP Board of Regents ) from August 24, 2000 until his death . He has also published several legal books such as Philippine Experience in Enforcing a Bill of Rights: Political Realities and Judicial Perspectives and Problems in Fair Trial: Philippine Experience in Decline of Fair Trial in Asia .

Sarmiento passed away while visiting his daughter Regina Irene P. Sarmiento , the Philippines' ambassador to the Czech Republic.

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