MANILA, Philippines – Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte on Tuesday announced that the President appointed 4 new judges to the lower courts in the cities of Mandaluyong, Las Pinas, Parañaque, Manila and 2 new judges to serve in Lanao del Norte.
Judge Imelda Portes Saulog, who got her law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1982 is appointed presiding judge of Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 214.
Saulog passed the Bar in 1983 and worked as legal consultant of the Ministry of Human Settlements from 1983 to 1985 and as Attorney IV of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board from 1987 to 1991. Prior to her appointment, she served as Senior Assistant City Prosecutor at the Makati City Prosecution Office since 1991.
Another Ateneo graduate, Judge Emily Aliño Geluz, has been appointed to Las Pinas City RTC 255.
Geluz graduated in 2000 and passed the Bar the following year. She previously worked as Branch Clerk of Court of Makati RTC from 2002 to 200, and served as Assistant City Prosecutor at the Makati City Prosecution Office from 2007 to 2008.
She was appointed as Imus (Cavite) MTC judge from 2008 until her appointment as judge of the Las Pinas City RTC 255.
Judge Noemi Jaurigue Balitaan, who earned her law degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines in 1996, was named as presiding judge of Paranaque City RTC Branch 258.
Balitaan was admitted to the Bar in 1997. She initially worked as Department Legislative Liaison Specialist at the Department of Justice – Office of the Secretary from 1990 to 1997. She later served as Public Attorney II at the Public Attorney’s Office in Manila from 1997 to 2003.
Balitaan was Prosecutor I, Office of the City Prosecutor, Manila from 2003 to 2005. Prior to her appointment, she served as Prosecutor II, Office of the City Prosecutor, Manila since 2005.
Judge Andy S. De Vera, who graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas in 1995, was appointed as presiding judge of Manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Branch 28.
De Vera worked as Clerk of Court V of Paranaque RTC from 1997 to 1998. She served as Attorney III at the Parañaque City Legal Office in 1999 and Attorney III at the Pasay City Legal Office from 2000 to 2001.
De Vera also worked as litigation lawyer at the A.S. De Vera Law Office, retained counsel at the Supre Multi Services Inc., Cruz & Domaines de Phil, Inc., Card City Inc. and Versatile Telecoms International.
Judge Rosite Papandayan Macaraya, who earned her law degree from the San Beda College in 1986, was appointed to Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 3, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.
Macaraya passed the Bar in 1987 with a rating of 81.2%. She worked as Legal Officer of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Lanao de Norte for 16 years before she became a judge of Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) Tubod-Baroy, Lanao del Norte in 2004.
The President also appointed Judge Jamel T. Mamutok as presiding judge of the trial court in Cities Branch 4, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.
Mamutok was admitted to the Bar in 2006 and worked as state auditor and attorney of the Commission on Audit for various regions from 1998 until his appointment as judge.
He was a lecturer in accounting and law in various schools in Mindanao from 1998 to 2009. – Rappler.com