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17/09/2010: Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC and Fil-Am Lawyers host reception for Visiting Philippine Supreme Court Justices

17 September 2010, Washington, DC - The Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, DC and the Philippine American Bar Association of Metropolitan DC (PABA) jointly hosted a reception in honor of four visiting justices of the Supreme Court of the Philippines on September 16, 2010 at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Embassy.

Justices Antonio Eduardo Nachura, Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Arturo Brion, and Jose Mendoza arrived in Washington, DC on September 12, 2010 to participate in a week-long knowledge sharing and peer learning visit under the aegis of the World Bank-financed Judicial Reform Support Project, with focus on information technology best practices. They were joined by Supreme Court officials Atty. Emmanuel L. Caparas, Deputy Clerk of Court and Chief of Management Information System (MIS) and Ms. Milagros Ong, Chief of Library Services.

The project aims to introduce ICT modernization system that will help facilitate procedures such as docketing and disposition of cases and managing court backlogs.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa welcomed the visiting justices and in his remarks said that, “An efficient legal system and the effective delivery of justice certainly redound to the nation’s interest. We should laud the Supreme Court for taking concrete and significant actions that will contribute to institution-building and better governance in the Philippines.

PABA President Ludy Cabañas, Esq. expressed her honor in organizing a reception for the justices and informed them of the intention of some of PABA’s members to go back to the Philippines to practice.

As the most senior member of the delegation, Justice Nachura delivered a response on behalf of the delegation. He expressed gratitude to the Philippine Embassy and to PABA for the warm reception. In addition, he congratulated the members of PABA on their successful careers and encouraged them to continue promoting the excellence of Filipino lawyers. -- END

The Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, DC  and the Philippine American Bar Association of Metropolitan DC (PABA) hosted a reception on September 16, 2010 at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Embassy in honor of Philippine Supreme Court Justices who are visiting Washington, DC for the World Bank-financed Judicial Reform Support Project. Front row from left: PABA President Ludy Cabañas, Esq, Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Ambassador Willy C. Gaa, Justice Arturo Brion, Mrs. Antonietta Brion and Justice Jose Mendoza.

The Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, DC  and the Philippine American Bar Association of Metropolitan DC (PABA) hosted a reception on September 16, 2010 at the Carlos P. Romulo Hall of the Embassy in honor of Philippine Supreme Court Justices who are visiting Washington, DC for the World Bank-financed Judicial Reform Support Project. From left: Justice Arturo Brion, PABA Executive Secretary Atty. Aimee San Ramon, PABA PRO Atty. Ferdinand Juan, Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura, Ambassador Willy C. Gaa, and PABA Board Director Atty. Ed Atienza.