Aquino nominates Batoon-Garcia Ambassador to Thailand; appoints new judges

March 17, 2012 1:06 am 

MANILA, March 16 — President Benigno S. Aquino III has nominated Jocelyn S. Batoon-Garcia as Ambassador to Thailand and Permanent Representative to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

The President also appointed two new judges to the lower courts.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the announcement during the regular press briefing in Malacanang Friday.

She said President Aquino signed the nomination letter of Batoon-Garcia for confirmation by the Commission on Appointments.

Valte also announced the appointment of Judge Irene Banzuela Didulo to the Municipal Trial Court (MTC), San Joaquin, Iloilo City.

Didulo, 43, obtained B.A. Psychology degree from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in 1989 and Bachelor of Laws from the Jose Rizal University in 1997. After she was admitted to the Bar in 1998, she started her career as a Legal Officer of the National Police Commission (Napolcom) in Makati City for one year.

She was later transferred to the Napolcom in Iloilo where she served as a Legal Officer for four years.

In 2003, she became the Branch Clerk of the Court of Iloilo, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 43.

The President also named Judge Earl Charito J. Ruelo as the presiding judge of The Municipal Trial Court in Cities, Branch 5, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.

Ruelo, 47, was admitted to the Bar in 1996.

He worked as Special Operations Officer of Iligan from 1997 until 2000 and as Branch Clerk of Court of the RTC Iligan from 2000 to 2006.

Prior to his appointment as judge, he worked as Assistant City Prosecutor in Iligan City since 2006. He has been a Professorial Lecturer since 1997. (PNA)

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