Statement

On the passing of Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J.


We express our condolences to the friends and colleagues of Father Joaquin Bernas who died early morning today, March 6, 2021.

Father Bernas was the Dean Emeritus of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law who left a legacy of legal excellence and passion for humanity and the rule of law to the nation. A great Jesuit educator, he mentored generations of Filipino students, lawyers, legal academics and researchers. A noted constitutionalist, Father Bernas was one of the framers of the 1987 Philippine Constitution whose interpretation of the law had been cited in numerous legal arguments.

May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace and happiness.