MANILA, Philippines – Fourteen applicants and nominees for an impending Supreme Court vacancy are set to go through the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) wringer.
They will vie for the post to be vacated by Associate Justice Jose Perez who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on December 14.
Most of the nominees are from the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan and the Court of Appeals (CA).
Among the aspirants are CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr and Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr, Apolinario Bruselas Jr, Rosmari Carandang, Stephen Cruz, Japar Dimaampao and Noel Tijam; and Sandiganbayan Associate Justices Samuel Martires and Alex Quiros.
The others are Regional Trial Court Judges Rowena Apao-Adlawan and Reynaldo Daway, chief public attorney Persida Rueda-Acosta, chief state counsel Ricardo Paras, and Centro Escolar University law school vice dean Rita Linda Ventura-Jimeno.
The deadline for nominations and applications was on September 20. The JBC has yet to publish the names of the nominees and applicants. Under the rules, names of the aspirants will be published to invite public support or objections.
They will then undergo psychological test and public interviews before the JBC makes a shortlist to be submitted to the President.
After Perez, the next set to retire is Associate Justice Arturo Brion, on December 29. – Rappler.com