MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines Professor and lawyer Katrina Legarda has accepted her nomination to become chief justice.
A source from the Judicial and Bar Council confirmed that Legarda sent her acceptance letter on June 11 — the second to do so after former UP law dean Raul Pangalangan. Pangalangan told Rappler that he accepted his nomination on June 8.
Legarda was recommended by UP Professor Myrna Feliciano.
There are six other nominees who have yet to decide whether to accept or decline their nominations. These include former Ateneo law dean Cesar Villanueva, Bureau of Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Henares, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, retired Judge Manuel Siayngco Jr, former assistant provincial prosecutor Cesar Sasondoncillo, UP Professor Rafael Morales and laywer Nepomuceno Aparis.
A teacher-nurse, Jocelyn Esquivel, applied to be the head of the highest court.
The JBC will accept applications and nominations for the post vacated by dismissed Chief Justice Renato Corona until June 18. Corona was found guilty by the impeachment court of violating the Constitution and betraying public trust after he failed to declare P183 million in peso and dollar bank deposits in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth. – Rappler.com