FAST FACTS: Who are the new 6 Sandiganbayan justices?

NEW JUDGES. Aquino announces the appointment of 6 new Sandiganbayan Associate Justices. File photo from AFP

NEW JUDGES. Aquino announces the appointment of 6 new Sandiganbayan Associate Justices.

File photo from AFP

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III appointed on Monday, January 25, 6 new Sandiganbayan associate justices.

The newly-appointed anti-graft court justices will fill the positions created under Republic Act 10660, titled "An Act Strengthening the Functional and Structural Organization of the Sandiganbayan."

Signed by Aquino in April 2015, the law added two additional Sandiganbayan divisions with each having 3 members. From 5 divisions, the anti-graft court now has 7 divisions, or 21 total sitting justices.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) submitted the shortlist for the vacant positions in October 2015. A total of 37 names were nominated by the JBC.

Here’s a quick profile of the 6 new Sandiganbayan associate justices:

KARL B. MIRANDA

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Karl Miranda takes his oath before Justice Francis Jardeleza. All photos by Francisco S. Gutierrez/SC PIO

Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Karl Miranda takes his oath before Justice Francis Jardeleza. All photos by Francisco S.

Gutierrez/SC PIO

Assistant Solicitor General (Sedfrey A. Ordonez Division)
Shortlisted for 20th Associate Justice post with 6 votes from the JBC
Law degree from the University of the Philippines

GERALDINE FAITH A. ECONG

Program Management Office Director of the Supreme Court
Shortlisted for 21st Associate Justice post with 5 votes from the JBC
Law degree from the University of San Carlos

MICHAEL FREDERICK L. MUSNGI

Undersecretary, Office of Special Concerns under Office of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr
Shortlisted for 21st Associate Justice post with 4 votes from the JBC
Law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University

MA. THERESA V. MENDOZA-ARCEGA

Executive Judge, Regional Trial Court in Malolos City, Bulacan
Shortlisted for 17th Associate Justice post with 6 votes from the JBC
Law degree from San Beda College

ZALDY V. TRESPESES

Judicial Staff Head at the Office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Shortlisted for the 18th Associate Justice post with 5 votes from the JBC
Law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University

REYNALDO P. CRUZ

Undersecretary, Office of the Executive Secretary-Strategic Initiatives Management Office
Shortlisted for the 19th Associate Justice post with 5 votes from the JBC
Law degree from the University of the Philippines

– Rappler.com

Sources: Various news reports, curriculum vitaes, and online profiles
All photos by Francisco S. Gutierrez/SC Public Information Office

Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.

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