By J. Bienvenido L. Reyes
December 22, 2007, the pillars of the judiciary scrutinized the break
of greens in a tournament organized by the Judiciary Golf Club at the
Valley Golf and Country Club in Antipolo City in honor of Chief
Justice Reynato S. Puno. The tournament officially started at 7:30
a.m. with 25 player-participants from the judiciary and 9
ceremonial tee-off was graced by no less than SC Chief Justice
Reynato S. Puno, with SC Justice Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr.,
Sandiganbayan Justice Raoul V. Victorino (Ret.), CA Justice
Bojie L. Reyes, who are the Chairman Emeritus, Chairman, and
President, respectively, of the Judiciary Golf Club. The ceremonial
tee shot of Chief Justice Puno was straight and long that sent the
caddies scampering to run after the elusive golf ball that carries a
reward of P500.00.
themselves, each player has elevated golf to new heights, engaging in
a fierce yet congenial competition, indulging in the game to unwind
but pitched camaraderie and friendship, too.
the half-day skirmishes, the Judiciary Golf Club isn’t done
yet. Sumptuous lunch was served to the participants at the club’s
function room. There, Chief Justice Puno gave an inspirational talk.
In gist, Chief Justice Puno emphasized that the primordial essence of
the tournament is not winning, but fostering inter-personal
relationships among the members of the judiciary, and uplifting their
physical and mental fitness.
Judge Omar Viola who emceed the program announced the winners of the
tournament. Guest participant Atty. Emil Loyola emerged as the
overall champion with a net score of 65.
following participants ruled the game: CLASS A: SC Justice
Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr., Champion; Retired RTC Judge
Silvestre Bello, Jr., First Runner-Up; Chief Justice Reynato
S. Puno, Second Runner-Up. CLASS B: RTC Judge Oscar
Barrientos, Champion; MTC Judge Domingo Maristela, Jr., First
Runner-Up; Retired RTC Judge Nemesio Felix, Second Runner-Up.
CLASS C: SC Justice Ruben T. Reyes, Champion; RTC Judge
Ed Tanguangco, First Runner-Up; CA Justice Ricardo Rosario,
Second Runner-Up. LADIES’ DIVISION: CA Justice
Telly Bernabe, Champion. GUESTS’ DIVISION I:
Atty. Roma Valdez, Champion; Danny Gonzales, Runner-Up.
GUESTS’ DIVISION II: Homer Ortiz, Champion;
Peng dela Rama, Runner-Up.
the winners received their trophies, cash and gift items consisting
of 21-inch Flatron LG TV, a griller, a National Refrigerator, among
others, were raffled to all the participants. Judge Viola of the
Regional Trial Court, Angeles City regaled the participants with
pasalubong treats from Pampanga.
there is nothing like taking a breath away from perennial caseloads,
for even justices and judges of the court will appreciate the
challenges offered by the fairways. With the warm reception from the
participants, the Judiciary Golf Club knew it had started a tradition