Henares, Chavez turn down nominations for CJ post

Henares says she needs to stay in BIR

MANILA, Philippines – Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares and former solicitor general Frank Chavez have declined their respective nominations for the post of chief justice on Monday, July 2.

Henares said that she needs to stay in the BIR to meet their target collection – which has risen to P1 trillion this year – and to continue implementing the reforms she has started in the agency.

 “I feel that at this time, the reform we are undertaking in the BIR is as significant as the judicial reform that needs to be undertaken in the Supreme Court,” she said in a statement. 

Chavez, on the other hand, said he could not submit himself to the Judicial and Bar Council – the 8-member body that vets aspirants to the judiciary to the President – because its composition is unconstitutional. He said the Constitution says the JBC should only have 7 members, with only one representative from Congress (there are two now – one each from the lower house and the Senate). Chavez sought a temporary restraining order from the SC on Monday, July 2, to stop the JBC in its selection process. 

Early Monday morning, we also reported that former UP Law Dean Marvic Leonen has declined his nomination.

The JBC has only up today, July 2, to receive nominations and applications for the post of chief justice. – Rappler.com

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