By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has appointed Makati regional trial court judge Ronald Moreno as new Associate Justice in the Sandiganbayan, Malacañang announced Wednesday.
Moreno will assume the post vacated by Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo based on the appointment paper signed by the President.
His appointment paper was signed on June 8, 2018, but was only released Wednesday by the Palace.
Moreno, a law graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, was appointed as presiding judge of Makati RTC branch 147 by then President Aquino in 2012. He previously served as executive judge of Makati Metropolitan Trial Court since 2009.
He was included in the list of four candidates recommended by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to the President last year.
He got five votes from the seven members of the JBC, beating the frontrunner.
Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Gina Bibat-Palamos who had six votes. Sta. Cruz, Laguna RTC Judge Divinagracia Bustos-Ongkeko and Ligao, Albay RTC Judge Edwin Ma-alat, who were also vying for the post, got four votes each.