JBC extends application period for CA, CTA, Sandiganbayan vacancies

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2020   •   450

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council on Thursday announced it has extended the application period for several vacant positions in the Court of Appeals (CA), and other courts.

In an advisory, the JBC said it moved the deadline from August 25 to September 25 following requests for extension of the deadline of submission of documents owing to the difficulty in securing documents in view of the imposition of modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite were placed under MECQ from August 4 to 18. It has now shifted to general community quarantine status.

The JBC said there are job openings in the CA, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) as well as in the Legal Education Board.

CA vacancies are for the positions left by Justices Rodil Zalameda, Edgardo Delos Santos, Mario Lopez, and Samuel Gaerlan who were appointed to the Supreme Court; Justices Luisa Padilla and Jane Aurora Lantion who compulsorily retired in January 2020.

The opening in Sandiganbayan is for the position left by the late Justice Reynaldo Cruz, while the CTA vacancies are for the positions formerly held by retired Justices Cielito Mindaro-Grulla and Esperanza Fabon-Victorino.

The JBC also said applications are also open for several positions in the Legal Education Board.

The council reminded applicants to access the online application scheduler in its website on or before August 25 to register and selected the date they will submit their documents.

Applicants must also submit the complete and accurate digitized versions of their documents through electronic mail on their selected date and time of appointment in the scheduler.

The submission of hard copies of documentary requirements, however, is suspended until further notice, the JBC said.

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.

DOJ, NBI: Missing ex-CA justice Pizarro found dead in Tarlac

Robie de Guzman   •   December 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have confirmed that the body found in Tarlac in October was of former Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro, who was reported missing in the same month.

The DOJ said the confirmation was based on the results of a DNA test conducted by NBI’s Forensic Chemistry Division on a then-unknown cadaver found in Barangay Cristo Rey in Capas, Tarlac.

Pizarro was last seen alive on October 23. His abandoned car was found in San Simon, Pampanga in the afternoon of the same day with traces of dried liquid inside, later confirmed to be blood by the local police.

The DOJ said the NBI is focusing on four persons of interest and that one of them “is willing to divulge what he knows.”

“The NBI is looking at all possible angles, and Justice Pizarro’s  previous work in the Court of Appeals is surely one of them,” the justice department said.

Pizarro, who retired in 2018, was a controversial magistrate.

He junked the murder case against former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, who was accused of killing environmentalist and radio host Dr. Gerry Ortega.

Pizarro also acquitted Janet Napoles in her illegal detention case in 2017.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta has extended his sympathies to Pizarro’s family and called on law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Duterte names new CA Presiding Justice

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Remedios Austria Salazar-Fernando as the appellate court’s new head, Malacañang announced.

“The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed the appointment of Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Remedios Austria Salazar-Fernando as CA Presiding Justice on November 24, 2020,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We are confident that Presiding Justice Fernando would serve the CA with the same judicial excellence, dedication and integrity she demonstrated in her years of service at the CA,” he added.

Prior to her appointment, Salazar-Fernando has been serving as CA’s acting presiding justice following the retirement of then-presiding justice Romeo Barza in 2019.

The Supreme Court said Salazar-Fernando was sworn in Wednesday by Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.

Justice Salazar-Fernando has a psychology degree from the College of the Holy Spirit. She earned her law degree at the Ateneo de Manila University. 

She began her career as a law clerk at the Supreme Court in 1978 and became a Municipal Trial Court (MTC) judge of Sta. Rita, Pampanga and acting MTC judge of Lubao in 1984.

She also served the government in various capacities as chairperson of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, assistant secretary of the Land Transportation Office, and head of the Commission on Elections.

She was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1999.


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