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Ex-SC CJ Bersamin named GSIS head

By Genalyn Kabiling

Retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin is the new head of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin (Rio Leonelle Deluvio / MANILA BULLETIN)

Retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin (Rio Leonelle Deluvio / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

President Duterte has appointed Bersamin to the GSIS board of trustees and approved his nomination as GSIS chairperson based on the documents released by the Palace.

Bersamin will take the place of Jesus Clint Aranas, who was dismissed by the President last year. Based on his appointment paper, the former magistrate will serve the unexpired term of office that began on July 1, 2019 and will end on June 30, 2020.

“I am pleased to inform you that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has approved the nomination of Mr. Lucas Purugganan Bersamin as Chairperson of the Government Service Insurance System,” Executive Secretary Salvador Salvador Medialdea wrote in a letter to the GSIS board last February 6.

Bersamin, a law graduate from the University of the East, retired from the Supreme Court last October, 2019. He was appointed as the country’s 25th Chief Justice in November, 2018.

Bersamin served the judiciary for almost 33 years. He previously served as Quezon City regional trial court judge in 1986 and Court of Appeals associate justice in 2003 before being appointed to the high court by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009.

Bersamin previously said he would like to be remembered as the “healing Chief Justice.”
“I wish to be remembered and known as the healing chief justice who brought stability and normalcy back to the judiciary and particularly to the SC,” he said during his final flag-raising ceremony at the SC compound last year.

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