New members of the Judicial Integrity Board (JIB) are set to take their oaths this Monday (Oct. 19), the Supreme Court (SC) said.
“They are expected to their take oath before the Chief Justice on October 19, 2020,” the SC said in a statement.
“Thereafter, they will be tasked to formulate the Internal Rules of the JIB which will be subject for approval by the SC En Banc,” it added.
The high tribunal said retired SC justice and Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) Vice Chancellor Romeo Callejo, Sr. has been named as the JIB’s chairman.
While, retired SC Justice and former Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Governing Board Chair Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez will sit as JIB vice chair.
“Justices Callejo and Gutierrez will serve in the JIB for three years and two years, respectively,” the SC noted.
The other members of the JIB are retired Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Sesinando Villon, retired Sandiganbayan Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada, and retired Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) Justice Cielito Mindaro-Grulla, who will serve for three years, two years, and one year, respectively.
The SC said the JIB along with the Corruption Prevention and Investigation Office (CPIO) will further strengthen integrity and prevent corruption in the Judiciary.
The JIB will act on complaints against erring justices, judges, officers and employees of the Judiciary.
While, the CPIO will conduct investigation on erring Justices of the tertiary courts; and judges and personnel of the lower courts, including the Shari’a Courts; and the officials and employees of the Office of the Jurisconsult, Court Administrator, Deputy Court Administrator, Assistant Court Administrators and their personnel.
Though the JIB and CPIO were created in 2018, the SC put them on the back burner as the Committee on the Implementation of the Judicial Integrity Board (CIJIB) called for a review of JIB’s functions in order to harmonize and prevent duplicity with those of the OCA and other offices.