Francisco Villaruz is Sandiganbayan presiding justice
More News from Philippine Daily Inquirer
President Benigno Aquino III has appointed Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Francisco Villaruz presiding justice of the antigraft court.
Villaruz was a member of the Sandiganbayan Special Division that found former President Joseph Estrada guilty of plunder during the Arroyo administration.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said President Aquino signed Villaruz’s appointment on Oct. 5.
“The Aquino administration is hopeful that the reforms it is instituting across all branches of government will gain greater momentum with the appointment of Justice Villaruz,” Lacierda said in a statement on Friday.
“The Filipino people can rest assured that government positions integral to the straight path will continue to be based on merit, integrity and competence,” he added.
Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed the two other special division members that convicted Estrada—Teresita de Castro and Diosdado Peralta—as associate justices to the Supreme Court.
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94