Hon. Felix V. Makasiar
1968 - 1970
Born in Siaton, Negros Oriental on 20 November 1915 to Agustin Makasiar and Petra Valencia, Felix Makasiar finished his primary education at the Bacong Elementary School and his secondary education at the Oriental Negros High School in 1933. He obtained his degree of Associate in Arts in 1935 from the Far Eastern University and subsequently finished his Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines College of Law, in 1939. He passed the bar examinations that same year and later on finished his Masters of Law, meritissimus, from the University of Santo Tomas in 1948. in 1973, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea. (“Justices of the Supreme Court, Volume Three”)
He served the government as attorney in the Law Division of the Department of Justice in 1940; attorney, Code Commission, in 1943; chief of the Legal Research Division in the Office of Special Prosecutors in 1945; and solicitor in the Solicitor General’s Office. In 1954 he was appointed C.F.I. district judge of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, and successively, C.F.I. district judge of Nueva Ecija and Cabanatuan City in 1956; C.F.I. judge of Rizal and the Cities of Quezon, Pasay and Caloocan in 1964; and C.F.I. judge of Manila, Branch IV, in 1967. (“Justices of the Supreme Court, Volume Three”)
He was Undersecretary of Justice in 1967 and Solicitor General from December 17, 1968 to February 8, 1970. He served as secretary of Justice from May 21 to August 1, 1970. He was appointed associate justice of the Supreme Court on August 2, 1970, and later on served as Chief Justice of the High Court from July 25, 1985 to November 19, 1985.
Felix Makasiar was married to Teofista Santos with whom he had six children. He died on February 19, 1992.