MANILA, Philippines – A former University of the Philippines law dean has accepted his nomination to the highest judicial post in the country.
Raul Pangalangan told Rappler on Friday, June 8, he has accepted his nomination to replace dismissed chief justice Renato Corona. Pangalangan was recommended by current UP Law Dean Danilo Concepcion. Concepcion also nominated Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza to the post on June 6.
This is not the first time that Pangalangan will vie for a seat in the Supreme Court. He was shortlisted for the post of associate justice at the start of President Aquino’s administration as well as during the time of former President Gloria Arroyo.
Pangalangan is the fifth “outsider” to be the nominated for chief justice. Jardeleza, lawyer Katrina Legarda, former Ateneo law dean Cesar Villanueva and tax chief Kim Henares have also been nominated.
A certain Jocelyn Esquivel, who is both a teacher and a nurse but not a lawyer, also applied for the post. Other names that were floated as possible nominees include former assistant prosecutor Marianito Sasodoncillo and retired Judge Manuel Siayngco Jr.
Automatically nominated, meanwhile, are the five most senior SC justices: Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, and Presbitero Velasco Jr.
Applications and nominations may be submitted to the JBC until June 18.
Aquino has until August 29 to choose Corona’s replacement. Corona was found guilty of violating the Constitution by the Senate impeachment court on May 29 after he failed to disclose P183 million in peso and dollar bank accounts in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth. – Rappler.com