Duterte appoints 17 new judges
President Duterte announced the appointment of 17 new lower court judges. Two of the new judges were chief of staff of Supreme Court Justices Lucas Bersamin and Marvic Leonen.
The new judges will be assigned to the Metropolitan Trial Courts in Makati City, Pasig City, Mandaluyong City, Pasay City and Manila.
Topping the list of appointees are Judge Karla Funtila-Abugan of MeTC Branch 17 of Manila and Judge Catherine Manzano who was appointed MeTC Judge of Makati City Branch 126.
Abugan and Manzano are the current chief of staff of Bersamin and Leonen, respectively.
Also appointed in were Judges Melinda Cielo Mendoza under MeTC Branch 125; Clemente M. Clemente of Branch 127; Maureen Rubio-Marquez of Branch 128; Alexius Tang of Branch of Branch 129; and Lorelei Balansay-Tapia of Branch 130.
Appointed in Mandaluyong MeTC were Karyn Lee-Tribaco of Branch 100 and Earl Warren Castillo of Branch 101.
For the Manila MeTC, the new judges are Jose Cordero Jr. under Branch 11; Richelle Lou Boling Sanchez of Branch 29; and Grace Maria Theresa Bambi Delos Reyes-Jurado of Branch 30.
In Pasig City MeTC, appointed are Judges Fredelyne Addug-Sanchez of Branch 68; Jesusa Lapuz-Gaudiano of Branch 153; Emilio Gonzales III of Branch 154; and Theresa Dizon of Branch 155.
In Pasay City, the lone appointee was MeTC Branch 46 Judge Rechie Ramos-Malabanan.