JBC to decide on De Lima next week

The Judicial and Bar Council postpones its meeting to Monday, August 6, to finalize its shortlist of nominees

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will tackle on Monday, August 6, the case of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who is facing an Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) investigation following disbarment complaints filed against her.

De Lima is one of 20 nominees for chief justice.

JBC member Jose Mejia said the council has decided to postpone its scheduled Thursday (August 2) meeting to finalize its shortlist of nominees for chief justice to be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III. This is in deference to a Supreme Court decision on Tuesday that set oral arguments on a JBC case on Thursday.

The Senate and the House earlier appealed a High Court ruling that reduced to one the representative of both houses in the JBC.

JBC will have its hands full when it meets on Monday. It will have to decide on whether or not to disqualify De Lima from the race for the top post in the judiciary. She is seen as the favored candidate of President Benigno Aquino III.

On Monday, July 30, the IBP board of governors decided to conduct a formal investigation of the disbarment complaints against De Lima. The complaints stemmed largely from her decision to defy a Supreme Court order last year that allowed former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband to travel abroad.

De Lima said the complaints are politically motivated. – Rappler.com

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