By CNN Philippines Staff
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18) — President Rodrigo has appointed Court of Appeals Justice Maria Filomena Singh as the newest Supreme Court justice on Wednesday.
Singh will be Duterte’s last appointee to the high court before he steps down as chief executive in June.
She will take over the post vacated by retired Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe who retired on May 14.
JUST IN: President Duterte names Court of Appeals Justice Maria Filomena Singh as his last appointee to the Supreme Court before he steps down from office.
Singh replaces retired SC Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe, sources say. @cnnphilippines
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Singh graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, before earning her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law.
A statement from the Supreme Court said she obtained her Master of Laws in International Legal Studies at the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington, D.C.
She was appointed as an associate justice to the Court of Appeals in 2014.
Singh will take her oath on May 18 and will become one of the longest serving Supreme Court justices before her mandatory retirement in 2036.
CNN Philippines’ Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.