Pangulong Aquino, Ipinaliwanag ang Pagkakatalaga kay Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

admin   •   November 24, 2012   •   3992

Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa pagkakatalaga kay Government chief negotiator Marvic Leonen bilang Associate Justice ng Supreme Court sa Malacañan Palace nitong Miyerkules, November 21, 2012. (Photo by the Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines – Ipinaliwanag ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III kung bakit si Justice Marvic Leonen ang itinalaga bilang bagong mahistrado ng Korte Suprema.

Sa isang pagpupulong ng isang non-government organization, sinabi ng pangulo na dumaan sa masusing konsultasyon ang appointment kay Leonen taliwas sa sinasabi ng mga kritiko.

“Talagang sa loob ko maganda ang ginawa ni Marvic sa trabaho ng pagkakaunawaan… at kinakabahan ako, papakawalan kita… ngayon, di pa tayo tapos,” ani Pangulong Aquino.

“Tinanong ko si Sec. Ging  puwede na ba nating pakawalan si Marvic at meron ba tayong papalit sa kanya baka maudlot pa ang usapang pangkapayapaan?”

Ayon pa sa Pangulo, patuloy siyang naniniwala na maisasapinal pa rin ang peace talks sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) sa kabila nang naalis na si Justice Leonen sa peace panel.

Umaasa naman ang palasyo na sa pagkakatalaga kay Leonen sa Korte Suprema ay makapagbigay ito ng kontribusyon sa ginagawang reporma sa Hudikatura. (Jerico Albano & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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.

Supreme Court to forgo traditional announcement of top 10 Bar passers

Robie de Guzman   •   August 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court will depart from its tradition of announcing the names of top 10 passers in the 2020-2021 Bar examinations, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said Friday.

Leonen, who chairs the 2020-2021 Bar exams committee, said that instead of announcing the top-notchers, an examinee who obtains an 85 percent or higher weighted score for the upcoming examination shall be recognized for exemplary performance.

In the latest Bar bulletin, the Supreme Court said that the modification of the grading system was one of the reforms proposed by Leonen “to enable a more reasonable approach to appraising and reporting on Bar examination performance.”

It has been a tradition of the high court to name the top notchers simultaneous with the release of successful Bar passers, but with the pandemic, Leonen said they have taken into consideration the circumstances of the two batches that will be taking the exams this November.

“On one hand, those who intended to take the Bar Examinations in 2020 either had more time to review, or endured more time for waiting. The 2021 graduates, on the other hand, had to endure the longer ordeal of preparing to graduate during the pandemic, causing delays in the graduation dates. They have been put in a constrained environment, with only a brief window of time to prepare,” Leonen said.

“Testing two batches of examinees that prepared under different circumstances – not to mention the vast number of combined examinees, placing an enormous demand on the examiners – compels the adoption of unique mechanisms that aim to balance these inequities,” he added.

Leonen also noted that the modifications introduced aim to be “more inclusive” by not limiting recognition to an exclusive circle of top-notchers, adding that “limiting the recognition to a circle of 10 risks being beholden to statistical minutiae.”

He also emphasized that the Bar exams aim to determine whether an individual has the knowledge to be a lawyer.

“The Bar examinations measure individual knowledge. It is no race or competition. Neither will it predict who among the examinees will become the best qualified within their batch, the better lawyer, the more relevant practitioner, or the more compassionate individual,” he said.

“In short, good lawyering requires skill and a view to making choices that match the nobility of the profession and its desire for social justice. This is not entirely measured by the Bar examinations,” he added.

The SC postponed the 2020 Bar examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The upcoming exams will be held in several testing centers across the country in November.

“It is hoped that by shifting the focus away from how to select individuals who excel and onto a school’s collective performance, this will encourage deep-seated and wide-ranging improvements in legal education. Law schools would inspire and aspire for excellence that would uplift their entire studentry, rather than select Bar bets only,” Leonen said

Under the modified grading system, an examinee who obtains a total weighted score of 85 percent or higher for the 2020-2021 Bar Examinations shall be recognized for exemplary performance.

“The names of examinees who earned recognition for exemplary performance shall be made publicly available simultaneously with the list of passers, through the same media. Apart from this, no fanfare shall be devoted in releasing information on examinees who rendered exemplary performance,” Leonen said.

“The names in this list shall be arranged alphabetically, and shall also appear in the list of passers. This list shall replace the traditional Top 10,” he added.

The SC said a report on law schools’ performance will also be released. Law schools having examinees who were recognized for exemplary performance shall also be identified in a separate report.

Statistics on the performance of those who did not pass or did not finish past Bar exams will not be made public, but will be given to the law schools themselves, it added.

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