PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed 24 new judges in Capiz, Leyte, Samar, Guimaras, Mountain Province, Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental.
The names of the appointees were sent to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. on January 14, 2015 but the names were made available to the media just recently.
The new judges are Manuel Isidro Rosauro Antonio V. Barrios of Metropolitan Trial Court in Cities Branch 4 of Roxas City, Capiz; and Bonifacia Carmen Chuchi Asis Ramos of MTCC Branch 3 of the same province.
Also appointed was former Commission on Elections Director Ferdinand T. Rafanan of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 55, Mandaue City, Cebu.
Other appointees were Leonito S. Sabandal of RTC Branch 9, Tacloban City, Leyte; Ernesto L. Penaflor of RTC Branch 32, Calbayog City,
Samar; and Jacinto B. Elle of RTC Branch 26, San Juan, Southern Leyte.
Also appointed were Rosario Abigail M. Dris-Villanueva of RTC Branch 65, Jordan, Guimaras; Ricky Jones S. Macabaya of RTC Branch 5, Cebu City;
Jose Nathaniel S. Andal of RTC Branch 24, Cebu City; Lindecita Cabaron Arcamo of RTC Branch 1, Tagbilaran City, Bohol; Jorge D. Cabalit of RTC Branch 48, Tagbilaran City, Bohol; and Emerenciana Orquian Manook of RTC Branch 23, Allen, Northern Samar.
Manasseh S. Bastes of MTCC Branch 2, Tacloban City, Leyte; Renato Noel C. Echague of MTCC, Borongan City, Eastern Samar; Alejo A. Calvo of MTCC, Palapag, Northern Samar; Ulysses G. Loverita of the 6th MTCC, San Jose Biri-Rosario, Northern Samar; Lorna P. Obus-Pades of the 10th MTCC, Merida-Isabel, Leyte; Mayumi M. Gorme-Amora of the 7th MTCC, Barlig-Sadanga, Mountain Province; Gaslito A. Dumpayan of the 4th MTCC, Natonin-Paracelis, Mountain Province; Dinah B. Tabada-Chu of MTCC Branch 1, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental; Dakila Dante U. Barcenas of MTCC Branch 2, Cebu; Yvonne Cabaron Artiaga of MTCC Branch 3, Cebu; and Grace Veloso-Fernandez of MTCC Branch 8, Cebu.
The appointees were screened by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) prior to their appointments.
The seven-man council, which is constitutionally mandated to screen and vet nominees to the President for vacant posts in the judiciary and the Offices of the Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsman, is headed by the Chief Justice, with two ex-officio members—Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
Retired SC Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez is the head of the Executive Committee and represents the Retired SC Justice Sector; Lawyer Jose Mejia representing the academe, retired Court of Appeals Justice Aurora Santiago-Lagman representing the private sector; and lawyer Milagros Fernan-Cayosa from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines are the other regular members of the JBC.