SC Appoints IBP-Central Luzon Chapter OIC
July 4, 2023
The Supreme Court has appointed an officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Central Luzon (IBP-Central Luzon) to temporarily discharge the functions of Governor and to represent the Central Luzon Region at the 26th Board of Governors.
In an En Banc Resolution in A.M. No. 23-04-05-SC (Re: Illegal Campaign and Activities in Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Central Luzon Allegedly Perpetrated by Atty. Nilo Divina), the Court resolved to appoint Atty. Maria Imelda Quiambao-Tuazon as the OIC of the IBP-Central Luzon until further order of the Court.
Atty. Quiambao-Tuazon served as Governor for Central Luzon for the term 2013-2015.
Last April 25, 2023, the Court resolved to hold in abeyance the election of officers of the IBP-Central Luzon until further directives from the Court. It also directed the IBP-Board of Governors (IBP-BOG) to file a comment by personal filing within 10 days from receipt of notice.
The IBP-BOG filed its Compliance dated May 25, 2023. In its Compliance, the IBP-BOG notified the Court that it held in abeyance its election of officers for IBP-Central Luzon scheduled on May 5, 2023, in compliance with the Court’s directive. Meanwhile, the election for Governor for the other regions proceeded as scheduled. The IBP-BOG also notified the Court that the elections for Executive Vice President (EVP) proceeded as scheduled on May 22, 2023, wherein Governor-elect Allan Panolong of the Western Mindanao Region was elected as the next EVP of the IBP.
The IBP-BOG pointed out that since all the Governors from the other regions and the next EVP have been elected, the IBP sought to have a representation from the IBP-Central Luzon for the 26th BOG, before they assume office on July 1, 2023.
In this regard, the IBP-BOG prayed that a special election for Governor of IBP-Central Luzon be conducted before June 30, 2023, or, in the alternative, that an OIC for the said position be appointed to temporarily discharge the functions of the Governor of IBP-Central Luzon. The IBP-BOG recommended Atty. Quiambao-Tuazon as OIC.
Hence, the Court adopted the alternative recommended by the IBP-BOG, and appointed an OIC.
The Supreme Court Public Information Office will upload a copy of the Court’s Resolution to the SC website once it receives the same from the Office of the Clerk of Court En Banc. (Courtesy of the Supreme Court Public Information Office)
Full text of the Resolution in A.M. No. 23-04-05-SC (Re: Illegal Campaign and Activities in Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Central Luzon Allegedly Perpetrated by Atty. Nilo Divina): https://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/23-04-05-sc-re-illegal-campaign-and-activities-in-integrated-bar-of-the-philippines-central-luzon-allegedly-perpetrated-by-atty-nilo-divina/