22 official candidates for Chief Justice


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The Judicial and Bar Council will start interviewing the candidates on July 24

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) released Friday, July 6, the official list of candidates for the next chief justice of the Supreme Court.

The list includes the names of 22 nominees submitted to JBC from June 2 to July 2.

The names are as follows:

  1. Antonio T. Carpio
  2. Presbitero J. Velasco Jr.
  3. Teresita J. Leonardo-de Castro
  4. Arturo D. Brion
  5. Roberto A. Abad
  6. Andres D. Bautista
  7. Soledad M. Cagampang-de Castro
  8. Leila M. de Lima
  9. Jose Manuel I. Diokno
  10. Teresita J. Herbosa
  11. Francis H. Jardeleza
  12. Maria Carolina Katrina T. Legarda
  13. Rafael A. Morales
  14. Raul C. Pangalangan
  15. Rufus B. Rodriguez
  16. Rene V. Sarmiento
  17. Maria Lourdes P. Sereno
  18. Manuel DJ. Siayngco Jr.
  19. Amado D. Valdez
  20. Vicente R. Velasquez
  21. Cesar Villanueva
  22. Ronaldo B. Zamora

Out of the 22 nominees, 6 are Supreme Court insiders:

  • Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio
  • Associate Justice Brion
  • Associate Justice Abad
  • Associate Justice Sereno
  • Associate Justice Velasco
  • Associate Justice de Castro

Some of the other nominees are government officials, with 5 appointed by President Benigno Aquino III:

  • Justice Secretary Leila de Lima
  • Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza
  • Governance Commissions for GOCCs (Government-owned and controlled corporations sector) head Cesar Villanueva
  • Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Andres Bautista
  • Securities and Exchange Commission head Teresita Herbosa

The initial number of nominees swelled up to 72. Those who are not on the official list either turned down their nominations or were disqualified by the JBC.

The JBC is the body that screens and vets nominees for vacant judicial posts. It will interview the chief justice candidates from July 24 to 26, then submit a shortlist of the 3 most qualified names to Aquino.

The interviews will be made public, a first in the JBC’s history. It has drafted guidelines for live coverage, but has yet to finalize them.

The President has until August 29 to appoint the replacement of dismissed chief justice Renato Corona.

Corona was found guilty by the impeachment court of violating the Constitution and betraying public trust for failing to declare P183 million in peso and dollar bank accounts in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth. – Rappler.com

Erratum: This story earlier said there were 26 candidates. We apologize for the error.

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