Transfer of detainees to local jails or BuCor suspended until Sept. 30 – SC

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2020   •   626

The Supreme Court’s Office of the Court Administrator announced that it has extended the suspension of issuance of commitment order for the transfer of newly-arrested individuals to local jail units or of convicted persons to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

In a new circular posted on SC’s social media account, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said the two circulars suspending the commitment orders for the transfer of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) to different jail facilities are extended until September 30.

Marquez said the extension is in consideration of the different levels of community quarantine still being enforced in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SC earlier said the suspension of the issuance of commitment orders for newly-arrested or convicted inmates will last until August 31 to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and to minimize the movement of inmates.

In the first circular, the SC said newly-arrested persons should remain in the custody of local police units unless local Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) jail units are already able to admit newly-arrested persons.

The second circular, meanwhile, states that all convicted PDLs who should have been transferred to the BuCor should remain in the facilities of the BJMP.

Detained persons awaiting or facing trials are placed under the custody of the BJMP while those convicted are under the BuCor.

Both the BuCor and the BJMP have recorded cases of COVID-19 in their facilities with reported fatalities.

9 on JBC shortlist for Supreme Court justice post

Robie de Guzman   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday nominated nine applicants for the position of the Supreme Court (SC) associate justice, the SC Public Information Office (PIO) said.

In a document released to the public, the shortlisted candidates are the following:

• Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang
• Former Ateneo de Manila University School of Law dean Sedfrey Candelaria
• Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Cruz
• CA Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao
• Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Geraldine Faith Econg
• Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Rafael Lagos
• Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez
• CA Associate Justice Maria Filomena Singh
• Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva

The SC PIO said the shortlist for the position of the SC associate justice has been submitted to Malacañang for the selection of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The post was vacated by Alexander Gesmundo following his appointment as chief justice in April.

Duterte has 90 days from the vacancy to name a new SC associate justice.

SC employees under A4 group receive COVID-19 vaccine shots

Robie de Guzman   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday announced it has started the inoculation of its employees who are included in the government’s A4 or fourth priority group for the COVID-19 vaccination program.

In a statement, the SC Public Information Office (PIO) said the vaccination was held at its Training Center in Padre Faura, Manila, in coordination with the National Task Force Against COVID-19, the Department of Health, and the city government of Manila.

“The immediate vaccination of Court employees is among the short-term plans for the Judiciary of Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo,” the high court said.

The Supreme Court earlier said that more than 1,900 judiciary personnel have been infected with COVID-19; 33 of them died and 115 are active cases.

More than 30,000 judiciary personnel have been included in the A4 sector of the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program. The A4 priority group includes frontline personnel in essential sectors, uniformed personnel, and local officials.

The SC PIO said that upon Gesmundo’s assumption into office, the court partnered with the Philippine National Red Cross and the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS- CSB) on the use of the temporary isolation and quarantine facility for the employees of the Judiciary working in the ‘National Capital Region (NCR) Plus who are infected with COVID-19.

“Likewise, the Court has established an Emergency Care Unit (ECU) at the SC Compound in Manila which will temporarily accommodate and house the employees of the High Court and third-level courts afflicted with COVID-19 and are awaiting hospital confinement or referral to appropriate quarantine facilities,” it said.

The ECU has a total capacity of 55 beds to temporarily accommodate confirmed COVID-19 patients, either asymptomatic patients or with mild or moderate symptoms, who are awaiting transfer to quarantine facilities or hospital confinement due to room or bed unavailability, it added.

SC eyes releasing body cam guidelines by July

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court (SC) is eyeing to release the guidelines on the use of body cameras in police operations by July.

SC Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo said the high tribunal will tackle the matter starting June 15.

“The proposed rule is to be taken up as soon we resume session on June 15. And our colleagues have submitted their respective inputs. Hopefully and I’m optimistic that maybe after 2 or 3 deliberations we will come up with the final version,” he said.

“Our judges know the responsibility that they have to comply with what the Constitution and the Rules of Court should provide. So, we hope that with the issuance of these rules on body-worn cameras, these issues will be addressed specifically. It’s in the works. By July perhaps, we will have the final version and we’ll approve it for implementation immediately,” he added.

The proposed body-worn cameras was recommended after reports of corruption and abuse by authorities. Based on the record of the Philippine National Police (PNP), there are over 7,000 cases related to suspects getting killed during the government’s anti-drug campaign.

PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has previously ordered the use of body-cameras during operations in the NCR. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

REACH US

The Philippine Broadcast Hub

UNTV, 915 Barangay Philam,

EDSA, Quezon City M.M. 1104

(+632) 8396-8688 (Tel)

info@untv-newsandrescue.com (General inquiries)

ABOUT UNTV

UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.