There was a selfie and groufie frenzy with Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (2nd from right, seated) at the Court Legal Researchers Association of the Philippines convention at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City yesterday* (CPG photo)
‘Evil cannot endure’
Sereno to attend SC quo warranto session
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno yesterday said she will support the rule of law and face all accusations against her with dignity, honor and grace, “knowing that at the end of the day everything that has been contrived will be unmasked.”
“Evil cannot endure for long, it never does,” Sereno said, in her speech at the 12 th Biennial National Convention and Seminar of the Court Legal Researchers Association of the Philippines at the L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.
Sandigan junks with finality
furniture case versus mayor
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
The Sandiganbayan has resolved with finality the criminal case filed by the Ombudsman against Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and eight others in connection with the alleged anomalous procurement of P49-million worth of furniture and fixtures in 2008, after denying for lack of merit the Ombudsman’s motion for reconsideration.
The Sandiganbayan issued a resolution promulgated on March 1 which finally dismissed the criminal case filed against Leonardia et al, except for former city treasurer Annabelle Badajos whose salary grade had not been specified in the information.Bacolod City Legal Office Joselito Bayatan said Badajos had already retired when the case was filed so she may not have given her answer. Her case would require another proceeding similar to what had already taken place but only for her part.
2 labor unions in Neg. Occ. seek
reassignment of DOLE 6 arbiter
BY SHIELA G. GELERA
Two unions under the National Federation of Labor Union-Kilusang Mayo Uno (NAFLU-KMU) will present a petition calling for the ouster or resignation of lawyer Dax Villaruel, the med-arbiter of the Department of Labor and Employment-Region 6, for alleged “incompetence and delay”.
This was announced by Noli Rosales, secretary-general of NAFLU-KMU, at a press conference held at the Negros Press Club in Bacolod City yesterday.The petition will be signed by members of the First Arrastre Stevedoring Services Employees Union-NAFLU KMU and the Lopez Sugar Corporation Supervisory and Professional Technical Employees Union, Rosales said.