Duterte appoints CA Justice Rosario to Supreme Court
Robie de Guzman • October 9, 2020 • 564
MANILA, Philippines – Court of Appeals magistrate Ricardo Rosario has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Malacañang said Friday.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that Duterte signed Rosario’s appointment paper on Thursday, Oct. 8.
Rosario will fill out the vacancy created by the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Jose Reyes last Sept. 18.
“As the newest member of the High Court, we are confident that Justice Rosario would advocate judicial independence, uphold the rule of law, and continue the reforms in our court processes,” Roque said.
“We wish Justice Rosario all the best in his new assignment at the SC,” he added.
Rosario obtained his law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1983 and passed the Bar examinations in 1984.
He worked as a judge at the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court and then moved to Makati Regional Trial Court. He was later appointed to the Court of Appeals.
Rosario, who will turn 62 on Oct. 15, will have 8 years to serve in the high court until his retirement at the age of 70.
MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court (SC) is eyeing to release the guidelines on the use of body cameras in police operations by July.
SC Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo said the high tribunal will tackle the matter starting June 15.
“The proposed rule is to be taken up as soon we resume session on June 15. And our colleagues have submitted their respective inputs. Hopefully and I’m optimistic that maybe after 2 or 3 deliberations we will come up with the final version,” he said.
“Our judges know the responsibility that they have to comply with what the Constitution and the Rules of Court should provide. So, we hope that with the issuance of these rules on body-worn cameras, these issues will be addressed specifically. It’s in the works. By July perhaps, we will have the final version and we’ll approve it for implementation immediately,” he added.
The proposed body-worn cameras was recommended after reports of corruption and abuse by authorities. Based on the record of the Philippine National Police (PNP), there are over 7,000 cases related to suspects getting killed during the government’s anti-drug campaign.
PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has previously ordered the use of body-cameras during operations in the NCR. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court (SC) has modified its interpretation of ‘psychological incapacity’ as a ground to nullify marriage.
“The Court in the case of Tan-Andal v. Andal, G.R. No. 196359, unanimously modified the interpretation of the requirements of psychological incapacity as a ground for declaration of nullity of marriage found in Article 36 of the Family Code,” the SC said in a statement released on Wednesday (May 12).
Under the the new Leonen ruling, it said that “psychological incapacity is not a medical but a legal concept.” Due to this, testimony of psychologist or psychiatrist is not mandatory in all cases to prove psychological incapacity.
“[Psychological incapacity] is a personal condition that prevents a spouse to comply with fundamental marital obligations only in relation to a specific partner that may exist at the time of the marriage but may have revealed through behavior subsequent to the ceremonies,” the new ruling stated. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — Judges and court personnel who contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be provided with financial assistance from the Supreme Court, the Office of the Court Administrator said Wednesday.
In a circular issued by Court Administrator Midas Marquez, the cash assistance will range from P15,000 to P30,000 for those hospitalized depending on the severity of their illness.
Families of those who succumbed to death, whether hospitalized or not, will receive P50,000.
The financial assistance was approved by Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo with the concurrence of the members of the Court en banc.
“Considering that there are judges and court personnel of the first and second level courts who contracted COVID-19 while in the performance of their functions there is a need to help them defray the hospitalization expenses incurred in treating COVID-19 infection,” the circular read.
READ: OCA Circular No. 51-2021 TO: All Judges and Court Personnel of the First and Second Level Courts RE: Financial Assistance for Judges and Court Personnel Hospitalized due to COVID-19 Infection pic.twitter.com/nuenER0Wm8
— Philippine Supreme Court Public Information Office (@SCPh_PIO) April 27, 2021
Potential recipients of the assistance are required to submit a copy of the positive result of the RT-PCR test from March 2020 onwards, a medical certificate stating the clinical findings of the illness caused by COVID-19, a death certificate indicating that the patient died of COVID-19 or its complications, disbursement voucher, and obligation request.
The SC Public Information Office said that some 1,113 judiciary personnel tested positive for COVID-19 with 20 fatalities.
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