MANILA—Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Samuel Martires is the 175th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and the first SC justice appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The Office of the Chief Justice received today, March 6, 2017, the appointment of the Hon. Samuel Martires (formerly of the Sandiganbayan) as the Court’s newest Associate Justice. Justice Martires’s appointment was dated 2 March 2017. He is the the Court’s 175th Associate Justice,” said SC Public Information Office in a statement.
President Duterte is expected to appoint at least 10 justices in the SC during his six-year term.
There will be two more vacancies during the election period after his term.