Cecilia Muñoz-Palma
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Cecilia Muñoz-Palma

Politician + Judge + Lawyer
Female
Born Nov 22, 1913
Hometown Bauan, Batangas
Died Jan 2, 2006
Death Place Manila
Political Party United Nationalis...

Cecilia Muñoz-Palma was a Filipino jurist and the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the Philippines. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ferdinand Marcos on October 29, 1973, and served until she reached the then-mandatory retirement age of 65. While on the Court, Muñoz-Palma penned several opinions adverse to the martial law government of her appointer, President Marcos.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1913 Birth Born on November 22, 1913.

THIRTIES

1947 33 Years Old The daughter of a congressman from Batangas, Muñoz-Palma earned her law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law, and a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School. She became the first woman prosecutor of Quezon City in 1947. … Read More

FIFTIES

1968 54 Years Old In the next few years, she was assigned as a judge to Laguna and Rizal until her appointment to the Court of Appeals in 1968, the second woman ever to be appointed to the appellate court.
1973 59 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ferdinand Marcos on October 29, 1973, and served until she reached the then-mandatory retirement age of 65. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1975 61 Years Old As early as 1975, she had expressed skepticism that "a referendum under martial rule can be of no far-reaching significance as it is accomplished under an atmosphere or climate of fear." (Aquino v. COMELEC, G.R. No. … Read More
1984 70 Years Old After her retirement from the Court, Muñoz-Palma emerged as a prominent figure in the anti-Marcos political opposition. In 1984, she was elected under the UNIDO banner to the Regular Batasang Pambansa as an Assemblywoman, representing Quezon City. … Read More
When Corazon Aquino was installed as President following the 1986 People Power Revolution, Muñoz-Palma was appointed chairwoman of the 1986 Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution.
1987 73 Years Old Following the ratification of the 1987 Constitution, Muñoz-Palma faded from the public eye.
1998 84 Years Old However, in 1998, she supported Vice-President Joseph Estrada for the presidency. … Read More
2000 86 Years Old She served in this capacity until 2000. … Read More
2006 92 Years Old Muñoz-Palma died on January 2, 2006, at the age of 92. … Read More
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