Bicolana judge hailed to help in Ampatuan case

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno named Judge Genie Gapas-Agbada of the Virac, Catanduanes Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 42 as the third assisting judge in an effort to speed up the resolution of the four-year-old Ampatuan case.

Agbada, who is also an acting judge of the Quezon City RTC Branch 100, is tasked to handle non-trial incidents as well as resolve other motions and incidents, despite their pendency in the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

On or before the 10th day of each month, Agbada will need to submit an accomplishment report to the Office of the Court Administrator through the Court Management Office.

Agbada passed the bar in 1990. For over ten years, she served as Solicitor III in the Office of the Solicitor General.