2019 Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Birth Centenary Official First Day Cover


The Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office) issues stamps and these accompanying official first day covers for the commemoration of the Birth Centenary of Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee. Claudio Teehankee was born on April 18, 1918. He served as the Philippines’ 16th Chief Justice, from 1987 to 1988. Teehankee was a prolific scholar – scoring 94.35 percent, he became the first Atenean bar topnotcher in 1940. In the same year, he received his law degree from Ateneo de Manila.

In 1967 Teehankee was appointed as Secretary of Justice, and in the following year, he was then appointed as an Associate Justice. He strongly opposed the proclamation of martial law by former President Marcos. This hindered him from being appointed as Chief Justice. In 1986, he was finally appointed to that position by then-President Corazon Aquino. In his later years, he served the country by accepting the appointment as the Philippines’  ambassador to the United Nations.

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