De Lima takes indefinite leave due to sick father

Purple S. Romero
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, the reported frontrunner to the top SC post, took an indefinite leave on July 19 to attend to her ailing father

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima took an indefinite leave on Thursday, July 19, to attend to her ailing father.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) can reschedule her public interview, which was originally set for Tuesday, July 24.

“We can reset her interview within the same week. The JBC can do that for every candidate upon request,” Jose Mejia told Rappler.

De Lima will attend to her father, former Commission on Elections official Vicente Lim, who is confined at the hospital in Bicol for colon cancer. Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar has been designated as DOJ officer-in-charge.

De Lima is scheduled to face the JBC – the body that screens and vets nominees for aspirants to the judiciary – on July 23.

She is one of the first to be interviewed among the 22 aspirants, along with Good Government chairman Andres Bautista, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, law professor Soledad Cagampang-de Castro, De La Salle law dean Jose Manuel Diokno and UP professor Katrina Legarda.

The interviews will be held until July 27. The public interviews are meant for aspirants to articulate their judicial philosophy and answer complaints against them.

De Lima is a reported frontrunner to the post. –

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