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Davao del Norte judge appointed CA justice

By Genalyn D. Kabiling

President Duterte has appointed another woman to a high post in the Judiciary.

Malacañang has announced that Duterte appointed Davao del Norte Judge Dorothy Montejo-Gonzaga as new Court of Appeals Associate Justice.

The appointment papers of Gonzaga, signed by the President last June 19, were released by Malacañang yesterday.

She takes the CA post vacated by Associate Justice Romeo Barza who was appointed CA Presiding Justice last December.

Gonzaga was the judge from Panabo City who issued the arrest warrant against self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato over kidnapping charges last year.

Matobato, appearing in a Senate inquiry, claimed to be a member of the Davao Death Squad that carried out killings on the orders of Duterte, who was then mayor of Davao City. Duterte has denied the allegations.

Duterte has also appointed two other lady magistrates – Emily Aliño Geluz as CA Associate Justice and Georgina Dumpit Hidalgo as Sandiganbayan Associate Justice.

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