Here is JBC’s shortlist of nominees for SC top magistrate post

Maria Romero
PUBLISHED June 26, 2018 12:49 pm
The Judicial and Bar Council is created to recommend appointees in the vacancy in Supreme Court and other lower courts.

(Inside Manila) The search for the highest position in the Supreme Court (SC) is on!


Almost a week after former Chief Justice (CJ) Maria Lourdes Sereno was ousted from office, the Judicial and Bar Council of the Philippines (JBC) convened on Monday to declare open officially the search for the new chief justice and released a shortlist of nominees from which President Rodrigo Duterte would pick his 5th appointee.


Conventionally, the top five most senior magistrate of the SC are automatically qualified to apply, however, not all are interested to pursue the coveted top judge position. Here are the eight shortlisted candidates recommended by JBC:


SC Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez


Marquez has been in the lower courts since the creation of the Office of the Court Administrator in 1975. He has been in the news since he served as resource speaker of the House of Representative against ousted CJ Sereno.


Court of Appeals Associate Justice Apolinario Bruselas


Bruselas is honed by 32 years of experience in law practice. Currently, he is the Chair of the 14th division, a member of the Internal Rules Committee, and Chair of the Computerization Committee.


Court of Appeals Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang


Carandang has been serving the Court of Appeals (CA) for more than 15 years. She is a member of Philippine Bar Association, UP Women's Lawyers Circle, and Federacion International de Abogadas. She placed 9th in the 1975 Bar Examination.


Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Garcia


Garcia has been in the CA since 2005. Despite working full-time while studying, he graduated with the second highest honor.


Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando


Hernando was upheld to the CA as Associate Justice on 2010. At 43, he was already practicing as trial court judge close to seven years. He has been a recipient of several study grants and trainings abroad.


Court of Appeals Associate Justice Amy Javier


Javier was appointed as Trial Attorney at the Office of the Solicitor General in 1993, immediately after a year, she was promoted as Assistant Solicitor General.


Court of Appeals Associate Justice Jose Reyes Jr.


Reyes first joined the judiciary in 1978 as a Technical Assistant of Supreme Court Chief Justice Felix V. Makasiar. He acted as Executive Judge from 1995 to 2003 and was designated at special court from 1996 to 2003. He is also a Lay Minister of the Holy Eucharist, a State Advocate of the Knights of Columbus and a Chapter Head of Couples for Christ.


Former Ateneo Law Dean Cesar Villanueva


Villanueva is a certified public accountant and he specializes in Philippine commercial law. He is currently the Chairman of the Commercial Law Department and a member of the Academic Council and Consultants’ Group of the Philippine Judicial Academy, the educational arm of the SC.


Requirements for interested aspirants


Under the Revised Rules of the JBC published on September 20, 2016, an applicant must be a natural-born citizen of the Philippines and must have proven “competence, integrity, probity and independence" as member of the Philippine Bar. One must also be at least 40 years old and must have been practicing law for 15 years or more.


The nominees and other applicants must file their documentary requirements including application or recommendation, certificate of employment, clearances, medical examination results, and Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.


After evaluating the documents of the applicants, the JBC will then evaluate them and release list of official candidates for public interview. Such interview would be one of the deciding factors on who will be included on the final list to be submitted to the President. The deadline of the application is on July 26 at 4:30 p.m.


Our current constitution mandates that a vacancy of CJ post must be filled within 90 days. Pres. Duterte is thus expected to appoint the next CJ by September 16.


Meanwhile, the president is also expected to appoint a new ombudsman following the nearing resignation of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on July 26.


Candidates vying for the ombudsman position are: Edna Herrera-Batacan, Silvestre Bello III, Efren Dela Cruz, Rey Nathaniel Ifurung, Rainier Madrid, Samuel Martires, Felito Ramirez, Rex Rico, and Edilberto Sandoval.

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