De Lima is first among CJ ‘frontrunners’ to be interviewed

The JBC encourages the public to file complaints or opposition until July 20


FOUR-DAY GRILLING. The JBC has finalized the schedule for the public interviews with those aiming to be the next chief justice. Source:


MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is the first among reported frontrunners for the chief justice post who will be put in the hot seat when the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) starts its public interviews on July 24.

The JBC, the body that screens nominees and applicants for judicial posts, released Tuesday, July 10, the schedule of its interviews with the 22 chief justice candidates.

De Lima belongs to the first batch of 6 aspirants who will be grilled.

The interviews will be conducted from July 24 to 27, from 9 am to 5 pm in the division hearing room of the Supreme Court building in Padre Faura, Manila. They will be aired live for the first time. 

The schedule is as follows: 

July 24July 25


9 am – 12 noon

PCGG Chairman Andres Bautista


9 am – 12 noon

SC Justice Roberto Abad

Professor Soledad Cagampang-De Castro UP Professor Rafael Morales
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima Former UP Law Dean Raul Pangalangan

2 pm-5pm

La Salle Law Dean Jose Manuel Diokno

2 pm-5pm

SC Justice Arturo Brion

Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza Comelec official Rene Sarmiento
UP Professor Katrina Legarda Retired Judge Manuel Siayngco


July 26July 27

9 am – 12 noon

UE Law Dean Amado Valdez

9 am – 12 noon

SEC Chairwoman Teresita Herbosa

Vicente Velasquez Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio Former Executive Secretary Ronaldo Zamora

2 pm-5pm

SC Justice Teresita De Castro

2 pm-5pm

Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno

GOCC sector head Cesar Villanueva Justice Presbitero Velasco

The JBC will accept complaints, reports, and opposition against the above aspirants until July 20. –

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