Court of Appeals justice passes away

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COURT of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Franchise Diamante has passed away. He was 69.

Diamante died on Tuesday due to complications after undergoing eye surgery, CA Presiding Justice Remedios Salazar-Fernando said on Wednesday.

Diamante was supposed to retire this coming October 4 upon reaching the age of 70.

Salazar-Fernando said the wake will be May 5 and 6 at the Sta. Rita de Cascia Mortuary inside Philam Homes in Quezon City.

Public viewing will be limited due to restrictions over the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Fernando said that Diamante was known to his peers as someone who was bright and always smiling.

CA Justices Ramon Cruz, Edwin Sorongon and Danton Bueser told the Times that Diamante was a “cool guy”, very friendly but strict in terms of work ethics.

His wife, Edna, thanked Diamante’s fellow justices and friends who paid their respects to the late magistrate.

Diamante was a graduate of the the University of the East College of Law in the year 1976 and passed the bar a year after.

He served as a Clerk of Court in the Pasig Court of First Instance. Then he was appointed as Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge of Batangas. He was promoted to Pasig RTC Branch 151 before he was appointed to the CA.

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