Constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas dies at 88

Published March 6, 2021, 9:19 AM

by Analou de Vera

Jesuit priest and constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas passed away on Saturday, March 6. He was 88. Bernas died at 1:45 a.m. at the Ateneo Jesuit Residence, according to the report of the Church-run Radyo Veritas.

The prelate was first confined at The Medical City and left the hospital on March 4, after six weeks due to an “infection.”

“Tapos kaninang maaga, namatay na (Then this morning, he died),” said Fr. Emmanuel Alfonso, SJ-executive director of Jesuit Communications told Radyo Veritas. Bernas was born on July 8, 1932 in Baao, Camarines Sur and was ordained as Jesuit priest in 1965, according to Radyo Veritas.

The prelate was also a former dean of the Ateneo de Manila Law School and was among those drafted the 1987 Philippine Constitution

 
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