HCCH Pays Courtesy Call on the Supreme Court
October 17, 2022
Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court are paid a courtesy visit by the delegates from the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) led by HCCH Secretary General Dr Christophe Bernasconi and HCCH Deputy Secretary General Dr Gérardine Goh Escolar at the Supreme Court Session Hall on Monday, October 17, 2022.
With the Chief Justice are Senior Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando, Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier, Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting, Justice Mario V. Lopez, Justice Ricardo R. Rosario, Justice Jhosep Y. Lopez, Justice Jose Midas P. Marquez, and Justice Antonio T. Kho, Jr.
Also joining them are Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA) Chancellor Rosmari D. Carandang; Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva; Atty. Sedfrey M. Candelaria, Chief, PhilJA’s Research, Publications and Linkages Office; Assistant Court Administrator and Chief, Public Information Office Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka; Deputy Clerk of Court and Judicial Reform Program Administrator Atty. Laura C.H. Del Rosario; and Deputy Clerk of Court and Chief Technology Officer Atty. Jed Sherwin G. Uy.
The HCCH delegation included Philippine Embassy in the Hague Ambassador H.E. J. Eduardo Malaya; Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Treaties and Legal Affairs Executive Director Roussel R. Reyes; Philippine Embassy in The Hague First Secretary Atty. Jarie R. Osias; Philippine Embassy in Seoul Third Secretary Atty. Jilliane Joyce R. De Dumo-Cornista; and Philippine Embassy in The Hague Legal Officer Atty. Marisar Ivy C. Cabatingan.
The Philippines is currently party to five HCCH Instruments: the 1961 Apostille Convention, the 1965 Service Convention, the 1980 Child Abduction Convention, the 1993 Adoption Convention, and the 2007 Child Support Convention.
Chief Justice Gesmundo reaffirmed the Supreme Court’s support to the Philippines’ accession to the said Conventions.
In return, HCCH Secretary General Bernasconi expressed his gratitude to the Supreme Court for its active role in the effective implementation of the said Conventions.
Mr. Bernasconi also thanked the Supreme Court for co-hosting the HCCH Asia Pacific Week to be held in Manila from October 18 to 20, 2022. The three-day conference, with the theme “Enabling Cross-Border Cooperation in the Region and Beyond,” seeks to help participants learn more about the HCCH and engage with private international law experts from all over the Asia Pacific region, including Supreme Court Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier, who will speak on the 1980 Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Child Protection Convention and Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva, who is one of the panelists on the 1965 Service Convention.
Among many others, the SC promulgated in 2021 the Rules on Action for Support and Petition for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Decisions or Judgments on Support (A.M. No. 21-03-02- SC), which shall provide for a procedure to determine the rights and obligations of individuals to give and receive support, and the recognition and prompt enforcement of judgments or decisions for support in accordance with applicable laws, to promote the best interests of the child. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)