Disbarment complaint in the way of De Lima’s SC dreams

Day 1 of the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) interviews for the position of Supreme Court Chief Justice took place Tuesday, July 24, with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, considered a palace favorite for the post, being among those interviewed. But in the way of her possible appointment are the disbarment case filed against her at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, her lack of legal experience, and her perceived partisanship. De Lima has until July 30 to have the cases against her dismissed otherwise she will be disqualified. For the the first time ever the JBC’s public interviews of the 22 nominees are televised nationwide. The JBC’s job is to vet candidates and put together a shortlist for the President to pick from.

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