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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesMonday, October 28, 2013
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MANILA – The Supreme Court has ordered the judges and clerks of court to report for duty today to resolve election-related cases during the barangay elections.

In a two-page circular, Court Administrator Justice Jose Midas Marquez directed the judges to report for duty on election day by ordering the executive judges nationwide to assign their men and attend to the possible cases that might reach the court today.

Marquez has administrative supervision over all judges, being the head of the Office of the Court Administrator, and the office investigates and disciplines judges.

“In the interest of the efficient administration of justice and to ensure the speedy disposition of election related cases, you are directed to report to your respective court on October 28 to act on all election matters within your jurisdiction and to resolve the same with utmost caution and dispatch,” he said in his order.

He also ordered that, in the multiple sala of RTCs, the executive judge shall assign another presiding judge of a branch to report for duty today.

In the multiple sala first level courts, presiding judges of the special courts assigned to try and decide election contests involving elective barangay officials pursuant to AO 184-2013 dated 11 October 2013, shall likewise report for duty.

The clerks of court are also tapped to have a skeletal force during the election day.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police yesterday said it has arrested around 600 persons for violating the gun ban.

Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, said that as of 11:29 a.m. yesterday, 585 persons, mostly civilians, have been apprehended since the implementation of the Commission on Elections gun ban on September 28.

Of those arrested, 543 are civilians, seven police officers, 21 security guards, six government officials, five from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and three CAA Cafgu.

The PNP confiscated 482 firearms, 191 bladed weapons, 289 explosives, 68 grenades, 18 firearm replicas and 4,023 ammunition.

The gun ban is being implemented for the barangay election period from September 28 to November 12.*PNA


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