PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed 10 new judges to five provinces in the Philippines.
In a one-page transmittal letter to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dated January 3, 2014, which the high tribunal received on January 8, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said Aquino assigned the judges in the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Abra, Apayao and Cagayan.
“I am pleased to transmit herewith the appointment letters of the following signed by His Excellency, President Benign Aquino 3rd,” the letter, signed by Ochoa, read.
The new appointee in Ilocos Sur was Judge Kurt Elijay Tremor of the Metropolitan Trial Court in Santo Domingo.
In the province of Pangasinan, those appointed were Judge Loreto Alog Jr., Regional Trial Court, Branch 69, Lingayen; Judge Marlon Ramos, MTC, Anda; Judge Domi-nico Sanchez, MTC, Bayambang, and Judge Sarah Marcos-Martin, MTC, Agno.
In Abra, the newly installed judges included Judge Rouella Melinda Pacapac Atmosfera, MTC, Langangilang, and Judge Jihan Palcon-Hacutina, MTC, Bucay.
Other appointees included Judge Richardson Agbisit of MCTC, Flora-Sta. Marcela, Apayao; Judge Gemma Bucayu of RTC, Branch 12, Sanchez-Mira, Cagayan, and Judge Nicanor Pascual Jr. of RTC Branch 8, Aparri.
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 chaired by Chief Justice Sereno, with two ex-officio members, namely Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
Lawyer Jose Mejia representing the Academe, retired Court of Appeals Justice Aurora Santiago-Lagman representing the private sector, lawyer Milagros Fernan-Cayosa from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines are the other regular members of the JBC.