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Sandiganbayan’s Justice Reynaldo Cruz dies at 64

/ 11:40 PM February 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Reynaldo Cruz has died, officials of the anti-graft court have confirmed Friday.  He was 64.

According to sources, the passing of Cruz was also confirmed by Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang on Friday night.  Cruz succumbed to pneumonia.

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Prior to his demise, Cruz was the senior member for the anti-graft court’s Fourth Division, which was chaired by Associate Justice Alex Quiroz.

Among the recent decisions that he was a part of include the dismissal of the usurpation charges against sacked police chief Alan Purisima and former Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas, where he concurred with the decision; he also voted for the junking of Datu Sajid Ampatuan’s motion to reconsider his conviction for anomalous school projects.

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Cruz was appointed by former president Benigno Aquino III as Sandiganbayan justice in 2016.  Prior to his appointment, he served an undersecretary for Aquino’s administration.

Edited by JPV
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