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PGMA names retired CA justice, RTC judge as new Comelec commissioners

Manila (3 July) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has appointed a retired Court of Appeals justice and a regional trial court judge as commissioners of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

They are retired CA Justice Lucenito Tagle and Malabon Regional Trial Court Judge Leonardo Leonida.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita announced the new Comelec appointments at a press briefing yesterday in Malacanang.

Tagle and Leonida were among those included in the shortlist of possible Comelec appointees that the selection committee submitted to the President for final action.

The new appointments leave only one more position of Comelec commissioner vacant.

Also appointed were Romeo S. Momo as undersecretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Josephine DC. Dominguez as undersecretary for Indigenous Peoples, Office of External Affairs, OPA, Office of the President; Danilo L. Valero, as executive director, Road Board Secretariat, DPWH;

Amalia Amador Muhlach, acting member, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB); Ed Pamintuan, chairman/CEO, North Luzon Railways Corporation; Angelo Ang Palana, commissioner (representing the Employers Sector National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC); and Ruben F. Ciron, director general, civil aviation authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Tagle, a 1960 graduate of the UP College of Law, started his career as a lawyer at the Araneta, Mendoza and Papa Law Office in Escolta, Manila.

He later established his own law office in Makati. He also taught at the University of the East College of Law for almost five years and was appointed Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge in Imus, Cavite in 1990 where he was designated Executive Judge.

In March 2004, Tagle was appointed Justice of the Court of Appeals.

The Philippine Judiciary Academy sent him to Bangkok, Thailand to represent the Philippines in an international symposium on the role of the judiciary in sustainable development.

He is now connected with the Philippine Judicial Academy on environmental law.

Tagle is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, director of the Rotary Club of Downtown Manila and Vice President of the Makati Host Lions Club.

Leonida, on the other hand, finished his law degree at the San Beda College in 1973.

He started his career in government service in 1984 as secretary to one of several committees of the Batasang Pambansa.

After Martial Law, he served as a committee secretary in the 1986 Constitutional Commission.

In 1987, he was appointed assistant provincial prosecutor of Rizal province. He was fiscal in various courts for 10 years before he was appointed in 1997 by then President Fidel V. Ramos as presiding judge of Branch 27 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

A native of Marinduque where he finished his elementary and high school education, Leonida obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Manuel L. Quezon University in 1969; Bachelor of Law in 1973; and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1983.

Tagle and Leonida fill up two of the three vacancies at the COMELEC left by Commissioners Florentino Tuazon and Resurreccion Borra who retired early this year, and the death last May of Romeo Brawner.

The other members of the poll body are Chairman Jose Melo, and Commissioners Rene Sarmiento, Moslemen Macarambon, and Nicodemo Ferrer. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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