HIGHLIGHTS: JBC interviews candidates for SC associate justices

Watch the interview live on Rappler on Thursday, November 17

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will be interviewing applicants gunning for two slots in the Supreme Court of the Philippines on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17.

They will vie for the posts to be vacated by Associate Justice Jose Perez and Associate Justice Arturo Brion, who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on December 14 and 29, respectively. (READ: JBC set to screen 14 aspirants for SC post)

Most of the nominees are from the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan and the Court of Appeals (CA).

Interviewed on Thursday, November 17, for the position of Brion are: 

  • CA Associate Justice Romulo Borja
  • CA Associate Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier

  • Lawyer Joseph San Pedro

On Wednesday, November 16, the following candidates were interviewed for the posts of Perez and Brion:

  • Chief public attorney Persida Rueda Acosta

  • Centro Escolar University law school vice dean Rita Linda Ventura Jimeno

  • Davao Regional Trial Court Judge Rowena Apao Adlawan

  • CA Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao

  • Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Samuel Martires

  • Chief state counsel Ricardo Paras

  • CA Associate Justice Noel Tijam

Aspirants whose interviews for the two posts remain valid are CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr, CA Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr, Apolinario Bruselas Jr, Rosmari Carandang, and Stephen Cruz; Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz; and Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Reynaldo Daway. 

The JBC is the constitutional body mandated to screen and vet applicants to the judiciary.

Applicants will undergo psychological test and public interviews before the JBC makes a shortlist to be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Under his term, Duterte will appoint 10 SC magistrates to replace retiring justices in the next 3 years.

Over the past two years, the High Court has decided on major cases involving notable politicians – such as Grace Poe’s citizenship, the bail plea of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, former president Gloria Arroyo’s plunder case, and more recently, the planned burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery. (READ: How did SC justices vote on major political cases?) – Rappler.com