Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, Naupo na Bilang Mahistrado ng Korte Suprema

admin   •   November 27, 2012   •   3131

Si Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen kasama ang isang kawani ng Supreme Court habang patungo sa flag raising ceremony sa kanyang unang araw ng panunungkulan. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Pormal nang naupo bilang pinakabagong mahistrado ng Korte Suprema si dating government chief negotiator at UP Law Dean Marvic Leonen.

Sa kanyang maiksing mensahe sa flag raising ceremony ng Supreme Court kanina, nagpahayag ng kagalakan si Justice Leonen na mapabilang sa mga mahistrado ng Kataastaasang Hukuman ng bansa.

“Maraming salamat and I am truly honored to be working with you. Please be patient as I learn the ropes through this institution.”

Sa public interviews nitong nakaraang Hulyo, sinabi ni Justice Leonen na bukod sa negosasyon, kailangan din ang hustisya upang maabot ang pangarap na kapayapaan sa Mindanao na apektado ng sagupaan.

“To deliver peace, hindi lamang negotiations, kailangang may justice, so ngayon na may framework agreement baka puwede na mapagtuunan ng pansin na magkaroon ng justice dun sa mga areas na nagkaroon ng armed conflict.”

Sa edad na 49, si Leonen ang pangalawang pinakabatang nahirang na mahistrado ng Korte Suprema at manunungkulan hanggang sa taong 2033. (Rey Pelayo & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Court of Appeals’ Jhosep Lopez appointed as Supreme Court associate justice

Robie de Guzman   •   January 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Justice Jhosep Lopez to the Supreme Court.

Documents posted on Supreme Court’s Twitter account show that Lopez will take the place vacated by Justice Priscilla Baltazar-Padilla, who retired last year at 62.

Lopez is a former Manila City councilor and government prosecutor.

He joined the Court of Appeals in 2012.

Supreme Court resets oral arguments on Anti-Terror Law to Feb. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The oral arguments on the controversial anti-terrorism law have been moved to February 2, the Supreme Court announced Friday.

This is after staffers of Solicitor General Jose Calida tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Considering the meritorious request of Solicitor General Jose Calida that his Assistant Solicitor General and some staff who will attend the oral arguments have been tested positive for COVID-19, you are hereby informed, per instruction of the Honorable Supreme Court, that the oral arguments is reset to February 2, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.,” the Clerk of Court said in a statement.

“No further postponement will be allowed,” it added.

The high court originally scheduled the oral arguments on January 19.

JBC opens application for Chief Justice after SC OKs Peralta’s early retirement

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the applications for chief justice following the Supreme Court en banc’s approval of the early retirement of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.

In an announcement, the JBC said the applicants may submit their applications and other documentary requirements on February 15.

Applicants must visit the JBC website and access the online application scheduler from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight not later than the said date, it added.

The JBC said Peralta’s optional retirement was approved by the magistrates on January 5 during their first en banc session this year. He will step down from office when he turns 69 on March 27, one year ahead of the mandatory retirement age for judges and justices.

The SC in December confirmed that Peralta opted for early retirement but did not disclose the reason.

Peralta was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as SC chief justice in 2019.

When he retires, the five most senior magistrates in the high court will be automatically nominated for the post, subject to their confirmation. They are Justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Alexander Gesmundo, and Ramon Hernando.

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