MANILA, Philippines – Former solicitor-general Francisco “Frank” Chavez has been nominated to replace dismissed chief justice Renato Corona in the Supreme Court.
Manuel Baviera, founding member of the Whistle Blowers’ Association of the Philippines, recommended Chavez for the post on Thursday, June 14.
Baviera believes Chaves should be the next chief justice because he is “known to be loyal only to the Constitution and the laws of the land and no one else.”
Chavez, who has yet to accept or decline his SC nomination, was a candidate for Ombudsman in 2011. He withdrew from the race, saying his family “prevailed” upon him.
Chavez has filed numerous cases against various public officials, the latest being a plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
He is the 10th SC “outsider” to be nominated for the chief justice position. The others include Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, incumbent Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza, University of the Philippines professors Rafael Morales and Katrina Legarda, former UP law dean Raul Pangalangan, former Ateneo law dean Cesar Villanueva, laywer Nepomuceno Aparis, and former assistant provincial prosecutor Cesar Sasondoncillo.
The Judicial and Bar Council will accept applications and nominations for the post vacated by 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
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