Justice Bersamin appeals to Comelec: Grant exemption to all judges from gun ban

April 15, 2010 11:41 pm 

BAGUIO CITY, April 15 — Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin appealed to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday to grant exemption to all judges nationwide from the gun ban during the election period.

Justice Bersamin is the brother of the late Abra Rep. Luis Bersamin Jr. who was gunned down while attending a wedding ceremony at Mt. Carmel Church in New Manila, Quezon City some two years ago.

The appeal for the Comelec's action was made by Bersamin in the wake of separate attacks on two Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges this week.

Justice Bersamin was also the "ponente" or writer of the March 17, 2010 SC ruling that allowed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to appoint the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno who retires this coming May 17.

On Tuesday night, a bomb was discovered in front of the house of Basilan RTC Branch 1 Judge Leo Principe in Sunrise Village in Isabela City. The bomb was detonated immediately by the Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

Principe was the judge who ordered the arrest of some 130 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in 2007 in connection with the killing of 14 Marines, 10 of whom were also beheaded.

On Wednesday morning, the vehicle of Manila RTC Branch 26 Judge Silvino Pampilo Jr. exploded in front of his house. (PNA) scs/PTR

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