Wed. May 18th, 2022

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

Cruz succumbed to pneumonia. His untimedly demise was also confirmed by Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang on Friday night. 

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

Among Cruz’s recent decisions 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.

Cruz also voted for the junking of Datu Sajid Ampatuan’s motion to reconsider his conviction for anomalous school projects.

The senior member of Sandiganbayan was appointed by former president Benigno Aquino III as Sandiganbayan justice in 2016. 

Before his appointment, he served an undersecretary for Aquino’s administration. (iam/

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