Duterte appoints CA magistrate as new SC justice

Maris Federez   •   May 28, 2019   •   2332

Court of Appeals Associate Justice Henri Jean Paul Inting has been appointed to the Supreme Court on May 27, 2019. | Courtesy: Supreme Court of the Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals Associate Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting to the Supreme Court.

This was confirmed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday (May 27).

Inting will replace Justice Lucas Bersamin who was appointed Chief Justice in November 2018.

He bested 12 others in the shortlist submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council back in February.

Inting is a graduate of Ateneo de Davao University.

He took his oath as CA justice back in 2012, and also served as a judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court prior to his appellate court position.

Inting is President Rodrigo Duterte’s 11th appointee to the high court. /mbmf

Duterte orders SolGen to ask COA to audit PH Red Cross

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Solicitor General Jose Calida to write to Commission on Audit (COA) chair Michael Aguinaldo requesting an audit of the Philippine Red Cross’ (PRC) financial records.

“I am ordering SolGen, si Calida, to write [COA chief] Aguinaldo a letter. Ask Aguinaldo to immediately conduct an audit diyan sa Red Cross. Ang hinihintay ko lang, the next step would really be the letter to be delivered by COA,” the President said during his pre-taped public address aired on Thursday (September 16).

The PRC is led by Senator Richard Gordon, who chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon committee that is investigating the government’s use of pandemic funds.

The Chief Executive once again slammed  Gordon for the latter’s Senate probe into the government’s purchase of alleged overpriced medical goods last year.

Duterte had previously accused Gordon of using the PRC as his ‘milking cow’ in his previous election campaigns which led to a call for an audit of the humanitarian organization.

Duterte appoints CA jurist Japar Dimaampao as new SC justice

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao as the new associate justice of the Supreme Court (SC).

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, in a letter dated July 2 but received by SC only Tuesday (September 14), informed Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo of Dimaampao’s appointment.

Medialdea asked the SC to notify and furnish Dimaampao of his appointment within seven days upon receipt of the letter.

Born in Marawi City, Dimaampao takes the position vacated by then Associate Justice Gesmundo when he was promoted to Chief Justice last April 5.

NCR courts ordered physically closed until September 30

Marje Pelayo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered all courts in the National Capital Region (NCR) closed due to the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in the region.

In a circular issued and signed by Court Administrator Midas Marquez, the temporary closure of all NCR courts is also in consideration of the pilot-testing of granular lockdowns after placing all cities in the region, except Manila, under Alert Level 4.

“All courts in NCR, except the Supreme Court, shall remain physically closed to court users until 30 September 2021 notwithstanding the NCR will be under general community quarantine beginning 8 September 2021,” the circular read.

However, the courts in the NCR will continue operating online, the circular said.

This means hearings on pending cases and all other matters may be addressed through videoconferencing so as not to delay the trial of cases and court processes.

Meanwhile, Marquez said the time of filing and service of pleadings and motions during the period of physical closure remains suspended and shall only resume after seven days counted from the first day of reopening of the relevant court.

For inquiries and other matters, all NCR courts may be reached through their respective hotlines and email addresses posted on SC’s official website.

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