Asean, Guam Chief Justices seek stronger judicial ties

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Chief Justices of Southeast Asian countries, joined by the top magistrate of Guam, have converged in the Philippines for the 3rd Asean Chief Justices’ Meeting in Boracay, Aklan.

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On Monday, Philippine Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno met with her counterparts from Brunei Daussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and Guam and agreed to establish working groups to further strengthen ties, cooperation and coordination among the Asean judiciaries and that of Guam.

During the meeting, the magistrates also shared their respective judiciaries’ best practices in the use of court technology, legal education and training, as well as concerns on trade, investments, services and facilities in the light of the Asean economic integration this year, among other matters.

Asean is the 10-strong Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The Chief Justices present were Kifrawi Bin Dato Paduka HJ of Brunei Darussalam, Tun Aripin Bin Zakaria of Malaysia, Htun Htun Oo of Myanmar, Sundaresh H. Menon of Singapore, Hoa Binh Truong of Vietnam, Muhammad Hatta Ali of Indonesia, Vice President of the Supreme Court Ottara You of Cambodia, Vice President of the Supreme Court Khampa Sendara of Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Justice Eakadi Chinnapongse of Thailand and Robert Torres Jr. of Guam.

Justices of the Philippine Supreme Court present were Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio; and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Martin Villarama Jr., Jose Portugal Perez, Jose Catral Mendoza, Bienvenido Reyes, Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Mario Victor “Marvic “ Leonen.

Carpio met with Guam’s Torres to discuss matters of concern between the Philippine and Guam judiciaries.

Also present were Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes, Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo M. Cabotaje-Tang and Court of Tax Appeals Presiding Justice Roman Del Rosario.

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