Estela Perlas-Bernabe

Estela Marcelino Perlas-Bernabe (born Estela Marcelino Perlas; May 14, 1952) is the Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines since October 26, 2019. She was the third appointee to the Supreme Court by President Benigno Aquino III on September 16, 2011.[1]

Estela Perlas-Bernabe
Senior Associate Justice Perlas-Bernabe
Acting Chief Justice of the Philippines
In office
March 27, 2021 – April 5, 2021
Preceded byDiosdado Peralta
Succeeded byAlexander Gesmundo
171st Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Assumed office
September 16, 2011
Appointed byBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byConchita Carpio-Morales
Associate Justice of the Philippine Court of Appeals
In office
March 15, 2004 – September 16, 2011
Appointed byGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Regional Trial Court Judge for Branch 142 of Makati
In office
Appointed byJoseph Ejercito-Estrada
Metropolitan Trial Court Judge for Branch 66 of Makati
In office
Appointed byFidel V. Ramos
Personal details
Estela Marcelino Perlas

(1952-05-14) May 14, 1952 (age 69)
Plaridel, Bulacan, Philippines
Spouse(s)Atty. Ricardo C. Bernabe, Jr.
Alma materSt. Paul College, Manila (B.S.)
Ateneo de Manila University


Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe was born in Plaridel, Bulacan. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree, major in Banking and Finance magna cum laude at St. Paul College of Manila and earned her law degree from the Ateneo de Manila Law School graduating as Class Salutatorian in 1976. She passed the bar examination in 1977 with a bar rating of 85.156%.

Early Judicial PostsEdit

Justice Perlas-Bernabe has served the Judiciary as Regional Trial Court Judge of Makati from January 2000 to March 2004, Metropolitan Trial Court Judge of the same City from March 1996 to January 2000, and as Technical Assistant in the Office of the Court Administrator, Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1977 to 1979. She also worked in various private and government offices, namely, as Legal Assistant, Legal Department of China Banking Corporation (1979–1980); Senior Manager, Legal Department of Paramount Finance Corp. (1980–1987); Legal Manager and Corporate Secretary/ Legal Consultant of the National Home Mortgage and Finance Corp. (1990–1993); and Senior Partner of Bernabe Perlas Morte and Associates (1993–1996).[2]

Associate Justice (2011–present)Edit

Bernabe was the third appointee of President Benigno Aquino III to the Supreme Court of the Philippines as an associate justice on September 16, 2011. She replaced Conchita Carpio Morales, who retired from the Court on June 19, 2011, and later assumed the position of Ombudsman of the Philippines. She voted in favor of the burial of former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Profile of the new Supreme Court Justice, Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe | Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines". 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  2. ^ Aquino appoints new SC associate justice
Legal offices
Preceded by
Conchita Carpio-Morales
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Preceded by
Antonio Carpio
Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court