THE ATENEO Law School (ALS) community honored the life of one of its distinguished alumnus, Executive Judge Voltaire Y. Rosales (LL.B., 1981), by formally dedicating Room 314 of the Ateneo Professional Schools Building in his name, and by organizing a Red Mass last 10 June 2014.
The event, entitled “Magistrate: Serving for the Greater Glory of God,” was also attended by Judge Rosales’ family and close friends, including his wife, Atty. Ma. Filomena Legaspi-Rosales, the current president of the Ateneo Law Alumni Association. T
The Red Mass was held in the St. Thomas More Chapel, with Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J. as the presiding priest. The blessing and dedication of the “Executive Judge Voltaire Y. Rosales Room” followed the Mass. The event was capped-off with a dinner and a recognition ceremony for the ALS graduates serving in the judiciary, held at the Bernas Center.
The “Executive Judge Voltaire Y. Rosales Room” features wood finishes on its ceiling and floor that give the impression that one is in a court room. The room is also adorned with various memorabilia that showcase some of Rosales’ achievements as a lawyer and a member of the Bench.
After placing 25th in the 1981 Bar Examinations, Rosales started his legal career as an attorney at the Santos, Balgos and Perez Law Office. He joined the Office of the Solicitor General in 1986 and was later sworn in as an Executive Judge of Tanauan, Batangas in 1995. As a judge, he handled numerous controversial cases involving the crimes of rape, drug trafficking, and kidnapping for ransom, among others. He earned his reputation for being a morally upright judge by treating all those before him with equality and impartiality, regardless of their wealth or social status.
On 10 June 2004, Rosales was assassinated by two gunmen aboard a motorcycle a few meters away from his court. Because of his exemplary service to the Judiciary, Rosales has been honored with numerous posthumous awards, such as the Ka Pepe Diokno Award of Recognition as a Champion of Human Rights, and the Lux in Domino Award, the highest recognition accorded by the Ateneo de Mania University to its graduates. P
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