The Honorable CHAO HICK TIN
Attorney General of Singapore
President, Asean Law Association
(A Testimonial for Hon. Artemio V. Panganiban, Chief Justice of the Philippines, Saturday, 22 April 2006 7:00 in the evening at the Ballroom Dusit Hotel Nikko, Makati City)
It was with great pleasure and delight that I was informed of Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban’s appointment as the 21st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
Chief Justice Panganiban is a close friend of ALA. He was one of the original pioneers of the organisation, having been active in its Working Committee since the inaugural General Assembly held in Manila in 1980. A brilliant and respected jurist, and a prolific writer, he is an acknowledged contributor to one of the world’s great revolutions – the revolution of knowledge. Anyone who knows Chief Justice Panganiban will testify that he stands for steadfastness, honesty, dedication and progress. I am proud that one of our very own, and especially one deserving as Chief Justice Panganiban, has been elevated to the highest judicial office in the land.
As President of ALA I am honoured to be part of this celebration of achievement. Chief Justice Panganiban has been and continues to be an inspiration, and a constant source of encouragement, to all of us at ALA. I wish him every success throughout his tenure in office.