Reynaldo Cruz Wiki – Biography
Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Reynaldo Cruz died on Friday, February 21. “It’s Justice Rey Cruz who died. Please pray for him,” Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje Tang told reporters, confirming the information.
Reynaldo Cruz Age
He was 64 years old.
He was one of the justices who concurred in dropping one of the civil forfeiture cases filed against former President Ferdinand Marcos, his wife Imelda, and several of their cronies just last year. This involved the P267.371-million case involving the Marcoses’ alleged business associate Fe Roa Gimenez and her husband Ignacio Gimenez.
Cruz and the other Fourth Division members ruled that the prosecution failed to discharge its burden of providing proper pieces of evidence that could lead to the conviction of the respondents.
Cruz likewise concurred in convicting Shariff Saydona Mustapha Mayor Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan last year of 65 out of his 75 criminal charges in connection with the anomalous P38 million purchase of various construction materials back in 2009.
He was supposed to serve the anti-graft court until July 8, 2025.
Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Reynaldo Cruz passed away on February 21 afternoon after battling pneumonia. He was 64.
Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang told reporters that Cruz passed away late afternoon on Friday. “Please pray for him,” she said in a message.
Cruz, who belongs to the anti-graft court’s Fourth Division, was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III back in January 2016. Prior to his stint with the Sandiganbayan, he was an undersecretary at the Office of the Executive Secretary.