Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin today reminded all executive judges and clerks of court of the second- and first-level-courts to be at their respective posts on Monday, May 13, 2019, to act on all election matters within their jurisdiction.
Citing Circular No. 05-2019 issued by the Office of the Court Administrator last January 11, Chief Justice Bersamin also cautioned them to resolve all election related cases brought to them “with utmost caution and dispatch.”
Malacañang has issued on Thursday Proclamation No. 719, series of 2019, declaring May 13, 2019 as a special (non-working) holiday throughout the country for the National and Local Elections.
In Circular No. 05-2019, the executive judge may designate the vice-executive judge or any of the judges in the station if the same would not be able to report for duty on Monday.
In vacant single sala Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) where the court of the acting presiding judge is very far from the court concerned, any urgent election matter shall be referred for appropriate action by the clerk of court to the executive judge of the nearest court or station. In the case of vacant Metropolitan Trial Courts (MeTCs), Municipal Trial Courts in Cities (MTCCs), Municipal Trial Courts (MTCs), and Municipal Circuit Trial Courts (MCTCs), the election matter shall be referred to the presiding judge of the nearest court or to the executive judge, whichever is nearer.
The Clerk of Court in the Office of the Clerk of Court shall maintain a skeletal force in the office to attend to the collection of court fees and to receive cash bonds or any other bonds that may be posted for election offenses.