Martires, however, did not last longat the High Court as he was appointed by Duterte to the Office of Ombudsman in2018./PN Gaerlan, who was a graduate of SanBeda College of Law, was the 10th appointee of Duterte to the High Court,giving him a clear majority on pending crucial cases involving theadministration. Prior to his appointment to the CA in2009, Gaerlan served as the presiding judge of the Municipal Trial Court inBangar, La Union; Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 26 in San Fernando City;and RTC Branch 92 in Quezon City. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo confirmed the appointment of Gaerlan with the latter taking his oathbefore Duterte at the Palace. Manila – President Rodrigo Duterte filled up the 15 associate justices’post in the Supreme Court (SC) with the appointment of Court of Appeals (CA)justice Samuel Gaerlan. Newly-appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan takes oath before President Rodrigo Duterte in the Palace on Jan 8. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO Duterte earlier appointed Noel Tijam,Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, Jose Reyes Jr., Samuel Martirez, RamonPaul Hernando, Amy Lazaro-Javier, Mario Lopez, and Edgardo Delos Santos. Gaerlan took over the post vacated byDiosdado Peralta, who was chosen by Duterte as SC chief justice last year,following the retirement of Lucas Bersamin in October.