Friday, March 31, 2006

Velasco Appointed to SC

Velasco Completes SC
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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has appointed Court Administrator Presbitero Velasco as the 15th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

This brings to ten the number of appointees by President Arroyo.

Velasco, in an interview with this reporter said he was elated by the appointment having waited for it for the past four years.

Since 2002, Velasco has been one of the top three nominees of the Judicial and Bar Council.

The others who were nominated to the position were Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Teresita de Castro, Solicitor General Eduardo Antonio Nachura, Court of Appeals Justice Roberto Barrios and resigned Solicitor General Alfredo Benipayo.

"This is God's blessings. It seems like there's a confluence of events. Benipayo resigned, Nachura was appointed to the Solicitor General's office, Presiding Justice de Castro, they say should finish the Estrada trial," Velasco said.

Only 57 years old, Velasco will serve the Supreme Court for thirteen years before he reaches the mandator age of retirement for justices which is 70.

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