After inviting a magistrate of the Supreme Court, the House of Representatives now wants a Sandiganbayan justice to appear at the impeachment hearing of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Haharap ba? House wants Sandiganbayan judge to appear at impeachment hearing

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After inviting a magistrate of the Supreme Court, the House of Representatives now wants a Sandiganbayan justice to appear at the impeachment hearing of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The House justice committee has issued a subpoena to Justice Geraldine Faith Econg after her named was mentioned during the November 29 hearing.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro identified Econg as the head of the Judiciary Decentralized Office Region 7, which Sereno created through an administrative order in 2012.

De Castro argued that the JDO was illegally created, and that Sereno “misled” the other SC justices into believing she was only reviving the Regional Court Administration Office (RCAO).

As head of the JDO-7 Program Management Office, Econg was not under Court Administrator Midas Marquez.

While a subpoena has been issued to Econg, it remains to be seen if she will attend since the judiciary is a co-equal branch of the legislature.

The Supreme Court en banc only allowed its justices and employees to attend the impeachment hearings on Sereno.

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Duterte vows immediately delivery of Covid-19 vaccines

By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Thursday to ensure that every Filipino who wants to get a coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine can receive one.

“I assure the Filipino people that your government will ensure the immediate distribution of these available vaccines to our communities,” Duterte said during the arrival ceremony of the 487,200 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the global COVAX facility.

The Chief Executive also directed all government agencies to “actively” institutionalize and sustain the whole-of-government response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our health authorities are also actively collaborating with their international counterparts in conducting continuous studies on vaccine safety and efficacy,” he added.

A total of 584,667 Covid-19 cases have so far been recorded in the Philippines. The death toll also climbed to 12,404.

‘A plus for humanity’: Duterte thanks foreign donors for AstraZeneca vax

By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte thanked the donor-countries for the 487,200 doses of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines developed by British-Swede drugmaker AstraZeneca that arrived in the country Thursday evening.

The initial shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines was funded by 13 countries involved in the COVAX facility, a global initiative aimed at equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines.

“I don’t know how to express my gratitude to the donor countries. That you remembered the poor nations is, in fact, already, a plus for humanity,” Duterte said in a speech during the turnover ceremony of the AstraZeneca vaccines held at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

“In behalf of the Republic of the Philippines and our people, I’d like to say again that we felt gratitude in our hearts and may God bless you for your benevolence,” he added.

The 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine were developed in South Korea.

They were donated by Germany, European Union, Norway, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Australia and Greece.

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