Bernas’ demise saddens Lower House – Velasco

Published March 6, 2021, 8:34 PM

by Ben Rosario

The House of Representatives joined Filipinos in mourning the demise of noted constitutionalist and eminent educator Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas.

Marinduque lone district Rep. Lord Allan Velasco (HOR / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement, Speaker Lord Allan Velasco described Bernas as a “recognized authority in constitutional law and a legal icon.”

“With his demise, the nation has lost one of its most respected legal luminaries and a sharp mind, who knew the intricacies of constitutional law like none other,” said Velasco.

The House leader stated: “As we remember the life of Fr. Bernas, may we reflect on his indelible legacy and remarkable contributions to Philippine law and jurisprudence.”

Bernas was a regular resource person of the Lower House for many years everytime legislative proposals on the 1987 Constitution is discussed by the Committee on Constitutional Revision.

A Jesuit priest and former dean of the Ateneo Law School, Bernas died in the morning of Saturday, March 6. He was 88.