Judge in Subic rape case seeks CTA post

November 3, 2012 10:23 am 

MANILA, Nov. 2 — The judge, who convicted a US serviceman in the Subic rape case is aspiring for the position of Associate Justice of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA).

Records from the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) show that Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Benjamin Pozon is one of the candidates for Associate Justice of the CTA.

The vacancy at the CTA was due to the compulsory retirement of Presiding Justice Ernesto Acosta. Acosta will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on Dec. 21, 2012.

On Dec. 4, 2006, Pozon convicted Lance Corporal Daniel Smith for raping a Filipina.

In his ruling, Pozon said that the victim was "severely intoxicated that night and was deprived of reason to consent to sex and incapable of sensing or fighting off danger."

Aside from Pozon, other candidates include Lovell R. Bautista, Juanito Castaneda Jr., Leandro Catalo, Georgina Hidalgo, Roman Del Rosario and Philbert Iturralde.

The JBC is mandated by the 1987 Philippine Constitution to screen applicants for positions in the Judiciary and Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman).

It has set the interview of the candidates on Nov. 12, 2012. (PNA)

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