SC names members of judicial integrity board to weed out ‘misfits’

Published October 14, 2020, 4:05 PM

by Rey Panaligan 

The Supreme Court (SC) has named the members of the Judicial Integrity Board (JIB), which, together with the Corruption Prevention and Investigation Office (CPIO), was created in 2018 to run after the so-called misfits in the judiciary.


The SC’s public information office (PIO) said the JIB is headed by retired SC Associate Justice Romeo Callejo Sr. as its chairperson with retired SC Associate Justice Angelina Sandoval Gutierrez as vice chairperson.

Callejo and Gutierrez will serve their terms for three years and two years, respectively.

The other members of the JIB are retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Sesinando Villon, retired Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada, and retired Court of Tax Appeals Associate Justice Cielito Mindaro-Grulla, who will serve for three years, two years, and one year, respectively.

They will assume their posts on October 19 after taking their oaths of office before Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta.

Thereafter, the JIB members will formulate the rules which have to be approved by the SC as a full court.

The activation of both the JIB and the CPIO was deferred to harmonize their functions with other offices within the SC.

The JIB will act on complaints against erring justices, judges, officers and employees of the judiciary.

The CPIO, on the other hand, will conduct investigation on erring justices of the tertiary courts (Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan and Court of Tax Appeals), 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.

Members of the CPIO have yet to be appointed.

The PIO said “the reinvigoration of JIB and CPIO fulfills part of Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta’s Ten Point Program, which are to implement the JIB and CPIO to strengthen the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA).”

Peralta’s Ten Point Program is centered on efficiency, integrity, security, and service in the judiciary.

When he assumed as Chief Justice and head of the judiciary last year, Peralta vowed to continue purging the judiciary of misfits and erring personnel.

He also assured to strengthen the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) and implement JIB, and forge a synergy between the functions of these offices through judicial audits, information gathering, and sharing.

The PIO said:

“The JIB can receive administrative complaints or disciplinary actions against either the Presiding Justices and Associate Justices of the appellate courts and Judges of the lower courts, as well as act on complaints or referrals as provided for in Rule 140 of the Rules of Court, the “Internal Rules” of the JIB as approved by the SC En Banc, as well as the SC Circulars, Administrative Orders or other issuances.

“Likewise, JIB was given exclusive jurisdiction over administrative complaints against (1) Court officials with Salary Grades 30 and 31, excluding those that are not within the jurisdiction of the JIB, regardless of the gravity of the offense; (2) First and Second Level Court Judges, including Shari’a Disctrict and Circuit Court Judges, charged with serious charges under Rule 140 of the Rules of Court; and (3) Court officials and or employees, with Salary Grades 27 to 29, regardless of the gravity of the violation of the ‘Code of Conduct for Court Personnel’ and of the Civil Service Law and Rules.

“If upon a preliminary assessment and evaluation of administrative complaints against all judges, however, it found less serious charges and light charges under Rule 140 of the Rules of Court, the JIB may refer and delegate the investigation of those administrative complaints to OCA.”