MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interviewed on Monday, June 19, 8 nominees out of the 12 applying to be the next Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice.
JBC regular members retired SC Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, lawyer Jose Mejia, representing the academe, and retired Judge Toribio Ilao, representing the private sector, conducted the interviews on Monday.
The interviews are part of the process to fill the post which will be left vacant by Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, who will retire on July 6. After him, Justice Jose Mendoza will retire on August 13.
Interviews of 4 previous nominees, who have already faced the JBC for previous vacancies, are still valid for their application to this post.
The successful applicant will be President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd appointee to the High Court, after San Beda schoolmates Associate Justices Noel Tijam and Samuel Martires. Duterte will get to appoint 8 more SC Justices within his term. (READ: Who's who: Candidates vying to replace SC justice Bienvenido Reyes)
They were asked on their stance on current issues, largely on recent SC cases including the martial law in Mindanao, the hero's burial for the late President Ferdinand Marcos and the granting of bail to plunder defendant former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. Other hot topics included same-sex marriage and abortion.
Court Administrator Midas Marquez (Ateneo Law)
Court of Appeals Justice Apolinario Bruselas (UP Law)
Court of Appeals Justice Rosmari Carandang (UP Law)
Court of Appeals Justice Stephen Cruz (Ateneo Law)
Court of Appeals Justice Ramon Bato (Silliman University Law)
Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr (Ateneo Law)
Court of Appeals Justice Jose Reyes Jr (San Beda Law)
Court of Appeals Justice Ramon Paul Hernando (San Beda Law)
The other 4 nominees will be vetted based on their previous interviews with the JBC.
Davao Judge Rowena M. Apao-Adlawan (Ateneo de Davao College of Law)
Court of Appeals Justice Japar Dimaampao (UE Law)
Court of Appeals Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier (UST Law)
Dean Rita Linda S. Ventura-Jimeno (UP Law)