The Supreme Court (SC) held its flag-raising ceremony on Monday, February 21, the first since the appointment of Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo as head of the judiciary on April 5, 2021.
Flag-raising ceremonies at the SC had been repeatedly canceled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly two years ago. In April 2021, flag-raising ceremonies were canceled altogether.
Due to the pandemic, the SC has revised work operations in all courts across the country. In several cases, many courts were physically closed or only maintained by skeletal force.
In addition, the courts have resorted to hearings by videoconference in order not to delay the resolution of cases, in particular those involving bail applications, violence against women and children, human trafficking and the promulgation decisions leading to the acquittal of the accused.
Despite the somewhat mitigated COVID-19 situation, Chief Justice Gesmundo called on all civil servants and court staff across the country to strictly adhere to government-mandated health protocols.
In addition to Chief Justice Gesmundo, other judges who attended the flag-raising ceremony were Senior Associate Judge Estela M. Perlas Bernabe and Associate Judges Marvic MVF Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, Ramon Paul L. Hernando, Amy C. Lazaro Javier, Henri Jean Paul B. Inting, Rodil V. Zalameda, Mario V. Lopez, Samuel H. Gaerlan, Ricardo R. Rosario, Jhosep Y. Lopez, Japar B. Dimaampao and Jose Midas P. Marquez.
There is a vacancy on the 15-member SC following the mandatory retirement of Associate Justice Rosmari D. Carandang on January 9th.
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