Hiling ng Malakanyang na mapalitan si De Lima bilang kinatawan ng Executive Department sa JBC, pinagbigyan

admin   •   July 16, 2012   •   3225

FILE PHOTO: Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima (UNTV News)

 MANILA, Philippines – Pinagbigyan ng Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) ang kahilingan ng palasyo ng Malakanyang na makapagtalaga ng kapalit ni Justice Secretary Leila De Lima bilang kinatawan ng executive department sa naturang konseho.

Nag-inhibit si De Lima sa deliberasyon ng JBC dahil sa pagiging nominado nito sa pagka-chief justice.

Kinumpirma naman ng Malakanyang sa pamamagitan ni Presidential Spokesperson na si Secretary Edwin Lacierda na nagpadala ito ng request sa JBC upang mapunan ang nabakanteng posisyon sa konseho.

“We’ve confirm that we sent a letter to JBC last July 13 essentially to state since the Secretary of Justice has been nominated the position of the Secretary of Justice as an ex-officio member of JBC has left vacant.”

Ayon naman kay retired Supreme Court Justice at JBC member na si Justice Regino Hermosisima, may karapatan ang sangay ng ehekutibo na makapagtalaga ng kapalit ni De Lima bilang kinatawan sa naturang konseho.

“There should be a representation on the three branches of government, Executive, Legislative, Judiciary. So while there is already a representation from the Supreme Court, a representation from the legislature, then the executive should have a representative.”

Tiwala rin si Justice Hermosisima na susuportahan ng Korte Suprema ang kanilang naging desisyon.

Sumang-ayon na rin ang JBC na maupo bilang acting Chairperson nito si Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta.

Magugunitang naglabas ng desisyon ang Korte Suprema at sinabing maaaring manguna sa deliberasyon ng JBC ang pinaka-senior na associate justice ng Supreme Court na hindi nominado sa pagiging chief justice. (Ito ang Balita ni Bernard Dadis/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

NBI completes forensic examination on Christine Dacera’s body – DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has completed its forensic examination on the remains of flight attendant Christine Dacera, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Monday.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he will leave it to the NBI to release the results of its examination.

Guevarra added that the agency is currently coordinating with the Makati Medical Center for the tests it conducted on Dacera when she was taken there after she was found unconscious in the bathtub of a Makati hotel on January 1 after a night of partying with some friends.

The NBI earlier revealed it had extracted at least 100 milliliters of bodily fluid from Dacera’s body during its re-autopsy. It said it will help check for the presence of illegal drugs or alcohol.

Guevarra said the NBI Digital Forensic Team will next probe the data from the mobile phone of persons tagged in the death of Dacera.

Eleven individuals, who were with Dacera before she died, are facing a complaint for rape with homicide over the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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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