• President Aquino appoints new Sandiganbayan justice


    President Benigno Aquino 3rd has finally appointed a new associate justice of the Sandiganbayan.

    In a statement, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma said President Aquino named Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta to the position, vice Amparo M. Cabotaje-Tang, who has since been appointed as Sandiganbayan presiding justice.

    “The appointment was signed on 20 June 2014 and has been transmitted to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. P. Sereno,” he said.

    At the time of her appointment, Justice Estoesta served as presiding judge in the Manila regional trial court to which she was appointed in 2006.

    Before that, she served as presiding judge in the Manila metropolitan trial court. She also served in the Solicitor General’s office from 1991 to 2002.

    She obtained her degrees in political science and law from De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University, respectively.

    Among her citations are: most outstanding judge for first-level courts in the Supreme Court’s search for judicial excellence (2005); and Chief Justice Cayetano Arellano awardee as most outstanding judge for second-level courts (2012). PNA


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