Judge Eliza B. Yu, LLM, DCL was a consistent honor pupil and honor student from elementary to college (1983 -1994, 1999, 2011) who won several quiz bees and academic contests in History or General Information, also from elementary to college. She was a two-time Christian Living Awardee (1987 – 1988). During her high school days, she was a recipient of an On the Spot Painting Champion award and an Outstanding Athlete award for Chess and Table Tennis. She was a Palarong Pambansa (National Games) Gold Medalist in Chess who won all her chess matches in 1992. Her National College Entrance Examinations (NCEE) Rating was 95% taken in September, 1992 as a high school student of Sacred Heart College in her hometown Catbalogan (now a City), Samar, also the same hometown of a legal luminary Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura of the Supreme Court, whom she has taken her oath of office as a Metropolitan Trial Court Judge in 2010. Her poems “Colored Sun” and “Miss and Run” were published by a college school paper U.P. Vista. She did not pay tuition fees and miscellaneous fees as Department of Interior and Local Government scholar during college days. As a founding President of U.P. 1300, the first and only student-operated canteen in the University of the Philippine system-wide with a start-up capital of P2,000 borrowed from the U.P. faculty’s cooperative, she donated a hexagonal waiting shed to the school.
In 2004, her I.Q. was 112 (Above Average) with remarks that most of her cognitive skills are above par administered by the National Institute of Mental Health in Mandaluyong City. As of 2011, her I.Q. was 120 which means that the testee is brighter than 91% of the population.
As a legal scholar, she graduated cum laude for her doctorate degree at the University of Santo Tomas in 2011 after receiving the Achiever’s Award as a Presiding Judge in 2010. She became the youngest Criminal Law Reviewer and Remedial Law Reviewer of the Philippines in 2011. She was a 4th placer in the 12th PHILJA Pre-judicature Written Exams with a grade of 88% in 2007.
As a legal writer, she authored thirty – two (32) legal articles published by The Lawyers Review with National and International Subscription.
As a law book author, Centralbooks published her twelve (12) law books namely Fundamentals of the 1987 Philippine Constitution: Volume 1 and Volume 2, Conspectus of Civil Procedure, Evidence, The Basics of Criminal Procedure, Summary Procedure from the Bench, Criminal Quester & Reviewer, Compendium of Legal Treatises 1, Compendium of Legal Treatises 2, So You Want to Sue a Judge? The Philippine New Code of Judicial Conduct of 2004, Actions on Recovery of Possessions and A Primer on Barangay Justice with ADR Law within a span of 6 years.
As a public servant, she was given the rare opportunity to serve in the three branches of the Philippine government which are the Legislative Department (as an elected S.K. Chairperson), the Executive Department (as an appointed Public Attorney in the National Capital Region and as a Public Prosecutor in Manila City) and the Judicial Department (as an appointed Judge in the Metropolitan Manila).
In 2003, she was the youngest public attorney in the Philippines to handle heinous crime court in Manila City. She acquitted over 100 detention prisoners in drugs courts after the prosecution rested the cases in 2 years.
In 2007, she was the youngest Manila Public Prosecutor at the time of appointment. As an investigating prosecutor, she mediated over 50 cases resulting to dismissal of cases during the preliminary investigation in 2 years. She convicted over 100 accused involving petty crimes in 2 years. She has no pending case for resolution from the start of her employment in the Office of the City Prosecutor of Manila City under the Department of Justice until her transfer to the judiciary.
In 2010, she was the youngest METC Judge at the time of the appointment.
As an incumbent METC Judge, she is a record holder of the most number of disposed criminal and civil cases totaling to 1,549 within a year without a branch clerk of court and a legal researcher in the Philippines from April, 2010 to April, 2011.