MANILA, Philippines – Another contender to the post of chief justice did not meet the qualifications.
Aside from the teacher-nurse who could not be considered for the post because she is not a lawyer, retired Court of Appeals Justice Hilarion Aquino was also deemed disqualified because he is already 80 years old. The mandatory retirement age of Supreme Court justices is 70.
Another nominee, assistant provincial prosecutor Marianito Sasondoncillo, has declined his nomination.
The list of nominees and applicants to the post vacated by Chief Justice Renato Corona is now down to 26 from 29. These 26 include the 5 most senior justices who are automatically nominated to the post: acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, and Presbitero Velasco Jr.
Three junior SC justices have also been nominated: Justices Jose Perez, Lourdes Sereno and Roberto Abad, while 16 other SC outsiders have been endorsed to replace Corona.
The outsiders include Comelec commissioner Rene Sarmiento, Dean Amado Valdez of the University of the East College of Law, Roan Libarios, president of the Integrated Bar of the Phiippines, energy secretary Raphael ‘Popo’ Lotilla, lawyer Pedro Aquino, government peace panel chair Marvic Leonen, former congressman Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr, former Solicitor-General Francisco “Frank” Chavez, 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, lawyer Nepomuceno Aparis and retired judge Manuel Siayngco, and former SC nominee Rodolfo Robles.
The Judicial and Bar Council — the body that vets judiciary aspirants for appointment by the president — will accept applications and nominations for the post vacated by Corona until June 18, Monday.
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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