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Justice, not politics! Former Antipolo Rep. Robbie Puno pays tribute to his late dad

Jul 27, 2018 @ 13:25

Former Court of Appeals Justice Ricardo Puno Sr. could have a been a politician instead of a Justice, courtesy of then Congressman Diosdado Macapagal, according to his son, former Antipolo Rep. Robbie Puno.

The former legislator paid tribute to his father on his passing, and spoke of his dedication to the law.

In a Facebook post, Robbie narrated that when Macapagal decided to run for President, he asked Ricardo to run as congressman for Pampanga’s first district.

But while grateful for the offer, Ricardo preferred to be in the judiciary.

Macapagal apparently did not forget this, as he appointed Ricardo to be a judge when he became President years later.

Ricardo did not waste the opportunity, and served as judge, Court of Appeals Justice, assemblyman, and Minister of Justice during his long career.

“Years ago, dad told me this story. When then-congressman Diosdado Macapagal decided to run for vice-president, and in so doing give up his seat as Congressman of the 1st district of Pampanga, Macapagal asked my dad, then a young lawyer, to run for Congressman to replace him. Congressman Macapagal even visited my lolo, Dr. Clemente Puno, to ask his permission. My Lolo Mente thanked Macapagal for his offer but said that his youthful son Ricardo C. Puno preferred a career in the judiciary. So Diosdado Macapagal, when he became President, appointed my dad as a Judge.He also told me this. Early in his life, dad wanted to be a priest. He decided to abandon his plan to enter the Jesuit order when he met mom.Dad went on to marry mom and he fathered 13 children, and went on to become a Lawyer, a Judge, a Justice of the Court of Appeals, an Assemblyman, a Minister of Justice, and until the age of 95, a daily fixture at Puno Law Offices.Today, my dad, Justice Ricardo C. Puno Sr., joined his Creator.WE LOVE YOU DAD!,” Robbie shared on Facebook.

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