Ochoa declining CJ nomination

Also, another SC associate justice -- Jose Mendoza -- turns down his nomination

NO THANKS. Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa turns down his nomination to be the chief magistrate. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Executive Secretary Pacquito “Jojo” Ochoa will reject his nomination for the post of chief justice, his office announced, while another associate justice has declined.

“The executive secretary will submit a formal letter to JBC (Judicial and Bar Council) to inform them that he declines the nomination,” said Katherine Andraneda, a director at Ochoa’s office, on Friday, June 22.

Ochoa was nominated to replace dismissed Chief Justice Renato Corona by a certain Egay Bigay, according to an Inquirer.net report.

Meanwhile, Associate Justice Jose Mendoza has turned down his nomination for the post. He is the 4th SC magistrate to do so after Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Mariano Del Castillo and Bienvenido Reyes.

Nomination and application for chief justice will end on July 2.

President Aquino has until August 29 to name Corona’s successor. 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 accounts in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. – Rappler.com

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