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Sandiganbayan has its new Justice


MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez Estoesta as the new Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. announced Monday.

Gomez-Estoesta replaces Amparo M. Cabotaje-Tang, who has been appointed as presiding justice of the anti-graft court.

“The appointment was signed on June 20, 2014 and has been transmitted to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno,” said Coloma.

Gomez-Estoesta joined the government in 1991 as a solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor General. In February 2002, she was appointed as presiding judge in the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court.

In 2006, she became the presiding judge of Branch 7 of the Manila Regional Trial Court. She also served as acting presiding judge of the Manila RTC, Branch 17 from 2010 to 2012.

She obtained her political science degree from the De La Salle University and his law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Her citations include most outstanding judge for first-level courts in the Supreme Court’s search for judicial excellence in 2005; and Chief Justice Cayetano Arellano awardee as most outstanding judge for second-level courts in 2012.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.