Aquino names new envoy, judges to lower court

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Friday, March 16, 2012


MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has nominated Jocelyn S. Batoon-Garcia as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and appointed two new judges to the lower courts.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the announcement during the regular press briefing in Malacañang on Friday.

She said President Aquino signed the nomination letter of Batoon-Garcia, Department of Foreign Affairs-Chief of Mission, Class 1, for confirmation by the Commission on Appointments (CA).

Valte also announced the appointment of Judge Irene Banzuela Didulo to the Municipal Trial Court (MTC), San Joaquin, Iloilo City.

Didulo, 43, obtained BA Psychology degree from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in 1989 and Bachelor of Laws from the Jose Rizal University in 1997. After she was admitted to the Bar in 1998, she started her legal career as a Legal Officer of the National Police Commission (Napolcom) in Makati City for one year. She was then transferred to the Napolcom in Iloilo where she served as a Legal Officer for four years. In 2003, she became the Branch Clerk of the Court of Iloilo, Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 43.

The President also named Judge Earl Charito J. Ruelo as the presiding judge of The Municipal Trial Court in Cities, branch 5, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.

Ruelo, 47, was admitted to the Bar in 1996. He worked as Special Operations Officer of Iligan from 1997 until 2000 and as Branch Clerk of Court of the RTC Iligan from 2000 to 2006. Prior to his appointment as judge, he worked as Assistant City Prosecutor in Iligan City since 2006. He has been a Professional Lecturer since 1997. (SDR/Sunnex)

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