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CJ De Castro unfazed by impeachment complaint

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 03:56 PM

 

Newly-appointed Chief Justice Teresita De Castro

MANILA, Philippines – Newly appointed Chief Justice Teresita De Castro shrugs off the impeachment complaint filed against her.

She said she wants to focus on her duty as the new Chief of the Supreme Court (SC) given only a few days in office.

“I have no time to think about it. Because you know as you mentioned, I have a few weeks to work here in court. I don’t want to be distracted by anything else. My schedule is full. I have so many activities for the coming days,” De Castro said.

On her first day on Tuesday (August 28), De Castro went straight to preside the SC’s regular en banc session and the oral arguments on the petition questioning the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Meanwhile, De Castro denied allegations that her position was a reward for her efforts in the ouster of her predecessor Maria Lourdes Sereno or for her controversial decisions such as favoring the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and allowing the interment of the late President Ferdinand Marcos to the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite public outrage.

“I think we should all move on and work together for the good of our Judiciary. I think they should look at my record. I’ve been in government for 45 years now and by the time I retire, I will have served 45 years and 8 months in the government. I think people should just look at my track record, my long service at the judiciary,” she said.

Given her limited time in office, De Castro vowed to push for reforms in SC such as strengthening the institution’s information and case management system.

After Sereno’s appointment as chief justice was nullified in May this year, De Castro is now the first woman Chief Justice of the SC and has the shortest term among the chief magistrates as she only has 42 days to serve — she is retiring on October 8, 2018.

“Whatever legacy I may leave behind when I retire is not a product of 2 months or weeks. I’ve been working on these for many years already. In fact, even the position of chief justice was beyond my imagination. I was already working with many projects which I want to be done when I retire,” the chief justice concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Petition seeking wage increase for gov’t workers filed at SC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 14 January 2019 04:04 PM

 House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr files a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to compel Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to implement the fourth tranche of salary increase for government workers.

MANILA, Philippines – House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. filed a petition at the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday (January 14) asking the high tribunal to order Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to implement the fourth tranche of salary increase for government workers.

“Huwag niyang gagawing dahilan ang reenacted budget dahil mayroon namang mga alituntunin na nakapaloob sa kaniyang departamento na para ibigay ito,” Andaya said.

“Nakakahiya naman na iyong bayad sa daang bilyong utang natin nababayaran natin kahit walang bagong budget. Ito pa kayang katiting lang,” he added.

According to Andaya, the P40 billion needed fund can be spliced from the P75 billion miscellaneous personnel benefits fund (MPBF).

Meanwhile, Diokno welcomed Andaya’s petition.

He said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is preparing its comments on the filed petition.

However, Diokno insisted that the reason for the delay in the salary increase was mainly because of the delays in the passage of the 2019 national budget.

“We welcome the petition of mandamus filed by Rep. Andaya at the Supreme Court, so that this issue will be settled once and for all,” Diokno said.

“Mayroon pong tinatawag na diskresyon o constitutional prerogative ang Kongreso kung kailan niya ipapasa ang budget. Hindi po iyan sa dikta ni Sec. Diokno pero siya meron siyang legal duty. Wala siyang diskresyon,” Andaya argued. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Imelda Marcos to appeal Sandiganbayan’s guilty verdict to SC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:20 PM

FILE PHOTO: Imelda Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – Former first lady now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos is determined to bring Sandiganbayan’s guilty verdict to the Supreme Court (SC).

Marcos said they have already advised Sandiganbayan Fifth Division of her plan and have request the anti-graft court to send her records to the SC.

In November 9, the Sandiganbayan sentenced Marcos of up to 13 years in jail for each count of graft but she was set free after the anti-graft court allowed her bail amounting to P150,000. – UNTV News and Rescue

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CJ De Castro marks last SC flag raising ceremony with big send-off

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 8 October 2018 01:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court employees paid tribute to Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro as she attended her last flag raising ceremony on Monday, October 08.

De Castro will be retiring on Wednesday, October 10 when she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 .

A marching band trumpeted the arrival of De Castro as she was welcomed by SC employees and her fellow magistrates who were all dressed in blue.

A huge banner was hung bearing a message of gratitude to the 24th chief justice of the Supreme Court.

In her speech, De Castro touted the reforms she has made in the SC such as the salary increase and overtime pay of stenographers and other SC employees.

“I will miss all of you. I will miss everyone with whom I worked in the course of my 10 years and 8 months here,” De Castro said.

“With this I say goodbye to all of you. You have given me many memories to live by the rest of my life. Thank you.” — Mai Bermudez

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