SC suspends work in all NCR courts on Nov. 13

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2020   •   235

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court on Thursday said it has ordered the suspension of work in all courts in the National Capital Region on Friday, Nov. 13 due to the devastation brought about by Typhoon Ulysses.

The work suspension, ordered by Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, also covers the Judicial and Bar Council, the Philippine Judicial Academy, and the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, the Supreme Court Public Information Office said.

“For affected areas outside the National Capital Judicial Region, the decision to suspend work in the courts rests on the sound discretion of the executive judges,” the announcement read.

Peralta also ordered the presiding justices of the Court of Appeals, the Sandiganbayan, and the Court of Tax Appeals, and the executive judges of the first and second level of courts to determine the extent of the damage to their respective halls of justice, offices, and courtrooms and to submit a report to the Office of the Chief Justice no later than Nov. 20.

If the halls of justice, offices, and courtrooms are functional, the presiding justices and executive judges are directed to ensure that these spaces are clean and safe for the resumption of work in courts on Monday, Nov. 16.

Heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Ulysses caused severe flooding in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

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.

Mga ospital sa NCR, handa na umano para sa firecracker-related injuries

Robie de Guzman   •   January 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Department of Health (DOH) na handa na ang mga ospital para sa mga mabibiktima ng paputok kasabay ng mga pagdiriwang sa pagpapalit ng taon.

Ayon kay DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, sapat ang mga tauhan at kapasidad ng mga ospital para asikasuhin ang mga posibleng mabibiktima ng mga paputok.

“Most if not all hospitals, handa sila. Hindi naman pwedeng sabihin mo na, “Ay! Hindi kami tatanggap niyan kasi hindi po namin ginagawa yan. Yan po ang papel na ginagampanan ng hospital. Hindi po sila malilisensyahan kung wala po silang emergency services,” ang pahayag ni Duque.

Ayon sa kalihim, nagtalaga na ng mga pasilidad ang ilang ospital para sa fireworks-related injury na hiwalay sa mga pasyenteng may COVID-19 at iba pang sakit.

Dahil sa kinakaharap na pandemya, may ipatutupad na ilang pagbabago sa pangangasiwa sa pagtanggap ng mga pasyente sa emergency room.

“Kakaiba rin itong sitwasyon na ito. Complicated by the fact that pwedeng yung mga pasyente na nasugatan ay may kaakibat na sintomas na posible may index of suspicion na baka mga COVID cases sila after undergoing testing using the rapid RT-PCR,” ang wika ni Duque.

Sa East Avenue Medical Center, ikinu-konsidera na suspect COVID-19 case ang lahat ng mga pasyente na biktima ng paputok.

Ngunit hindi na sila isasailalim sa COVID-19 test dahil kailangan nila ng agarang paglalapat ng kaukulang atensiyong medikal.

Ayon sa pamunuan ng ospital, nakasuot ng kumpletong personal protective equipment (PPE) ang mga healthcare workers na nakatalaga sa emergency room at mahigpit ring ipatutupad ang health and safety protocols.

Samantala, payo ng mga otoridad sa mga nasaktan dahil sa paputok na agad linisin ang sugat sa pamamagitan ng running water at sabon.

Agad ring dalhin sa ospital ang biktima upang matiyak na hindi magkakaroon ng impeksyon ang sugat at mauwi sa tetano. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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