February 18, 2016, 9:11p.m. – A CIVIL LAW professor was elected president of the Philippine Judges Association in the group’s first-ever automated election last Dec. 22.

Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Georgina Hidalgo got 374 votes from 620 judges who participated in the poll. 

Marikina RTC Judge Felix Reyes and Manila RTC Judge Jaime Santiago were elected executive vice president and senior vice president respectively.

Judge Hidalgo teaches Basic Legal Law and Ethics at the Faculty of Civil Law, the country’s oldest law school.

The automated voting was conducted to avoid a repeat of the 2013 PJA election, which was allegedly marred by fraud.

Founded in 1983, the PJA is a private organization of court judges who seek to “preserve and maintain the integrity and independence of the judiciary.” Kathryn Jedi V. Baylon


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