• Corona prosecutor named to LTFRB

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    Corona impeachment trial private prosecutor Winston Ginez has been appointed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd as the new head of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB ).

    Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that Ginez was named to occupy the post vacated by Jaime Jacob who resigned from his post in March.

    Ginez’s appointment, Lacierda said, was signed on April 30, that is covered by the March 29 appointments ban.

    However, he said that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) applied for a Commission on Election (Comelec) exemption from the appointments ban.

    “The Comelec issued the exemption,” Lacierda said, quoting Transportation Secretary Emilio Abaya. “We requested for Comelec exemption to appoint an LTFRB chairman on 23 April 2013 and it was approved by the Comelec on 24 april 2013.”

    Lacierda added: “Ginez will take his oath on Thursday before Secretary Jun Abaya.”

    Ginez graduated from the San Beda College of Law and is currently a managing partner of a law firm. He is also a certified public accountant (CPA).

    He was among the 57 lawyers who volunteered to be part of the prosecution team during the impeachment trial that led to the ouster of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

    The designation of Ginez is at least sixth government appointment given to the ranks of prosecutors in the impeachment trial of Corona since the senate convicted the Supreme Court chief justice on a 20-3 vote in May last year.

    VERA Files earlier reported that Parreño was the fifth and latest government appointee among the prosecutors.

    Besides Parreño, at least three impeachment prosecutors are now serving the Aquino administration: Joseph Emilio Abaya, Arlene ‘Kaka’ Bag-ao and Renato Samonte Jr.
    Abaya was appointed Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication in August 2012.

    Bag-ao, then a representative of Akbayan Party-list, was appointed by the President as Legislative Liasion Officer or congressional caretaker of Dinagat Islands.

    Samonte, a veteran trial lawyer from the private sector, was appointed chief provincial prosecutor of Bulacan last October in a move that drew criticism from government prosecutors who preferred a career official to an “outsider”.

    Catherine S. Valente

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