Palace names new Sandiganbayan justice

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday, May 9, announced the appointment of new anti-graft court Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Sarah Jane T. Fernandez.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the announcement in an interview with state-run Radyo ng Bayan.

Fernandez, who was Assistant Solicitor General at the time of her appointment, fills in the vacancy left by Justice Gregory Ong.

Ong was sacked last year over his reported links to alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. (READ: INSIDE STORY: Ousted justice tried to bargain with SC

President Benigno Aquino III signed the appointment of Fernandez on May 5, and transmitted the appointment document to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on May 8.

The Judicial and Bar Council bared its shortlist of candidates to the position in February.

Responding to questions, Valte said in the radio interview that the President has yet to appoint a new Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chief, following the appointment its chairman, Andres Bautista, as Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair. – Rappler.com