CONCHITA CARPIO MORALES
July 26, 2011 to present
Upon her retirement as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Conchita Carpio Morales was appointed as Ombudsman of the Philippines. Her appointment was announced by President Benigno S. Aquino III during his second State of the Nation Address in July 2011, making her the fifth Ombudsman since the Office of the Ombudsman became operational 25 years ago in May 1988.
Ombudsman Carpio Morales graduated valedictorian in elementary and high school at Paoay Elementary School and Paoay North Institute, respectively. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1964 and Bachelor of Laws in 1968, both from the University of the Philippines (UP).
After graduation from law school, she worked at the Atienza Tabora and Del Rosario Law Offices. In 1971, she joined the Department of Justice as Special Assistant to then Justice Secretary Vicente Abad Santos. After almost 12 years at the Department of Justice, she joined the Judiciary in 1983, when President Ferdinand Marcos appointed her as Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge in Pili, Camarines Sur.
In 1986, President Corazon Aquino appointed her as RTC Judge in Pasay City. In 1994, President Fidel V. Ramos appointed her to the Court of Appeals where she eventually headed its 7th Division. In 2002, upon the unanimous endorsement of the members of the Judicial and Bar Council, she was elevated to the Supreme Court by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
A reform-oriented member of the Judiciary, she acted as the Chairperson of the Supreme Court’s Committee on Gender Responsiveness in the Judiciary, and a member of the Committee on Knowledge Sharing and Exchange. A Bar Examiner in Legal Ethics in 2000, she was the Chairperson of the 2010 Bar Examinations Committee.
During the Centenary of UP in 2008, the UP Alumni Association conferred on Justice Carpio Morales the Outstanding Award in Championing Justice/Judiciary “for delivering justice with courage and untrammeled integrity” -- “a shining paragon to all magistrates, worthy of emulation and respect.”
In June 2011, she was adjudged as one of the Ten Outstanding Manilans for her contribution in the field of law and jurisprudence, citing her “unquestionable integrity, impartial and fearless dispensation of justice and her untarnished and dedicated 40-year government public service record.”
The University of the East conferred on her the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on the occasion of its 67th Founding Anniversary in September 2013. The conferment was "in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in the field of law and jurisprudence for delivering justice with courage, and her unequivocal integrity during her untarnished 42 years of dedicated service to the government."
Ombudsman Carpio Morales holds the distinction of being the first woman magistrate to administer the oath of office of a Philippine President.