Hon. Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez
Regular Member and JBC Executive Committee Chairperson
Representing the Retired Associate Justices of the Supreme Court
Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez compulsorily retired from the Supreme Court on February 27, 2008. The Plaque of Appreciation presented to her by Chief Justice Reynaldo S. Puno and the 14 Associate Justices during her retirement program at the Session Hall of the Supreme Court partly reads: “When a Justice of the Supreme Court retires, he or she hopes to leave behind one of three legacies - a rich harvest of landmark decisions, an exemplary record of judicial integrity, or an enduring contribution to judicial reforms. Justice Gutierrez, the 147th Justice appointed to the Supreme Court, retires today leaving behind to a grateful Judiciary and Nation all these three legacies.”
Justice Gutierrez penned various landmark decisions “written with passion, lucidity, and fearlessness.” The most prominent and will be long remembered is Randolf S. David v. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wherein she declared unconstitutional the warrantless arrests of oppositionists and the imposition of standards on the media.
Justice Gutierrez engaged in the practice of law for 2 years and served the government for 45 years, 25 years of which were in the Judiciary, the last 8 years in the Supreme Court. Desiring to advance in her profession, she took up legal and judicial courses in Harvard School of Law, Academy of American and International Law at the University of Texas in Dallas, University of Southern California, and National Judicial College at Reno, Nevada. While in the Supreme Court, she was a member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal and was Chair of various Comittees. She chaired the 2006 Committee on Bar Examinations.
She received various awards. Upon her appointment to the Supreme Court, the University of Sto. Tomas conferred on her the Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Award, the highest recognition being bestowed by the University upon its alumni. She was the first recipient of the Cayetano Arellano Award for Judicial Excellence. On October 18, 2007, the Bulacan State University Marcelo H. del Pilar College of Law conferred on her the Degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa. On April 5, 2008, the University of Batangas also conferred on her the Degree of Doctor of Humanities Honoris Causa. On October 9, last year, she was elevated to its Hall of Fame by the Philippine Judges Association.
Currently, Justice Gutierrez is a Member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) representing the Retired Justices of the Supreme Court.
She was married to the late NBI Assistant Director Diego H. Gutierrez. They have 3 children, all lawyers – Aileen Marie, City Prosecutor of Muntinlupa City, married to Robert Victor Marcon, Judge of the RTC, Branch 54, Lucena City; Francis Joseph, Attorney Advisor, Policy Division, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C.; and James Gerard, Associate Attorney, Holwell Schuster & Goldberg Law Firm, New York City.