Human rights lawyer named info chief of SC


MANILA, Philippines—Human rights lawyer Theodore Te has been appointed as the new chief of the public information office of the Supreme Court.

Te’s appointment was relayed to reporters by a justice who asked not to be named, adding that Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno was expected to formally announce the appointment in the next few days, most likely at Monday’s flag-raising ceremony.

Te is a member of the Free Legal Assistance Group. He also teaches criminal and remedial law at the University of the Philippines-College of Law. He also writes opinion pieces on the InterAksyon news website.

Sereno earlier appointed Ateneo de Manila University School of Government dean Antonio La Viña as PIO consultant.

The PIO’s primary task, according to the court’s website, “is to disseminate, as promptly and as widely as possible, news about the Supreme Court and its decisions and provide the public with judicial information in a manner that the general public can easily comprehend.”

The current acting spokesperson of the Supreme Court and acting PIO chief is lawyer Ma. Victoria Gleoresty Guerra.

In recent years, the PIO chief also served as spokesperson for the Supreme Court. On some occasions he was also authorized to speak for the Chief Justice, for individual justices, for the majority justices who issued a decision on a case, or for the judicial department.

The PIO chief is coterminous with the Chief Justice.

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez served as PIO chief until the ouster of Chief Justice Renato Corona early this year.

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  • Marshall

    kailan ba sisipain si Midas ähahay”Marquez sa SC ?

  • EdgarEdgar

    Congratulations Mr. Te.

    Now that we have a new Info Chief for SC, will Sereno be more comfortable in talking to the media about her undeclared, misdeclared and understated assets in her 2011 SALN as documented by PCIJ,org and GMA7 recently?

    Sereno can run but she can not hide. Not for long.

    • erica

       And she should disclose her psychological and academic records.

  • Jose Rizal

    The few “commonalities” that Sereno and his god Noynoy, are:
    1) The psych status, of course;
    2) They enjoy having 2 persons for the job that requires only 1 person;
    3)  They’re fond of having to reduce the logic of the law into a tabloid-type hype for the brainwashing of the “masa”, as always.

    Hahahahahahaha!  It’s more fun when you have a CJ with low psych score exam (in the Philippines).

    • mumbaki ak

      huy magpalit ka nga ng pangalan dyan kinakawawa mo ang pambansang bayani namin. 

      • Jose Rizal


    • erica

       Agree ako dyan pero babae po si sereno hahaha, serena sya?

  • disqusted0fu

    Sereno and Aquino really do have quite a few similarities. unstable minds also do think alike!

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