PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte appointed to the Court of Appeals lawyer Walter Ong, brother of former
Sandiganbayan justice Gregory Ong.
Gregory Ong was dismissed over links to pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles.
The Supreme Court received yesterday the new CA justice’s appointment letter signed by
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.\
Ong is a private practitioner who beat to the post 6 Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges. He is
filling up the vacancy left by Noel Tijam, now Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Before this appointment, he was also shortlisted for the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan,
alongside 4 RTC judges and one private lawyer.
With Ong’s appointment to the CA, the vacancy at the Sandiganbayan becomes a toss up among 5
candidates, one of whom is Maryann Corpus-Mañalac, it was learned.