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Manila government provide justices hard hats to protect them from quakes

Hard Hats for Manila Justices
MAYOR Honey Lacuna (middle), City Administrator Bernie Ang (seated) and (4th from left) Vice Mayor Servo personally delivered the hard hats to the Court of Appeals Justices. (JERRY S. TAN)

THE city government of Manila has given justices hard hats that they can use in case of an earthquake and has vowed to provide more.

It was learned that earlier on, associate justices Carlito Calpatura and Maria Elisa Sempio Diy, both of the Court of Appeals, sought assistance from Mayor Honey Lacuna, through city administrator Bernie Ang, regarding protection gear that they can use in the wake of the earthquakes that hit the country recently.

Ang said that in response and on orders of the mayor, the city government gave the justices at least 100 pieces of hard hats that were turned over to their disaster risk reduction management office.

Presiding Justice Remedios A. Salazar-Fernando, Associate Justice Apolinario Bruselas, Jr., Associate Justice Fernand Lampas-Peralta, Associate Justice Ramon A. Cruz, Associate Justice Maria Elisa Sempio Diy, Associate Justice Louie Acosta, Associate Justice Ronaldo Roberto Martin and Associate Justice Carlito B. Calpatura personally received the hard hats and expressed gratitude to Lacuna, Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto and Ang for showing concern for the welfare of the justices.

It was learned that the mayor herself, along with Servo and Ang, delivered the hard hats to the office of the Court of Appeals.

According to Lacuna, the Supreme Court justices will also be given the same kind of hard hats also for their protection in case of an earthquake.

The lady mayor assured the justices that her administration is more than willing to provide all kinds of assistance possible for the protection of the justices and their employees.

Falling under the territorial jurisdiction of Manila, both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals also deserve the attention of the city, Lacuna said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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