Duterte Appoints Martires as Supreme Court Justice

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Samuel Martires as a Supreme Court justice. Martires is expected to be friendly with the administration, as among his decisions was one in which sided with Duterte in a case filed by a political rival. He also met with the president last August, raising questions on his independence. He is behind several controversial decisions, like approving a plea bargain for a military officer accused of plunder, and clearing the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his cohort Roberto Ongpin of…

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