WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will interview on Friday, March 12, the applicants for the chief justice position.
Here are the sequence of the interviews, by order of seniority:
- 9 am to 11 am – Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe
- 1 pm to 3 pm – Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo
- 3 pm to 5 pm – Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando
This pick for a new chief justice is the next test for President Rodrigo Duterte, and pivotal for a Supreme Court under intensifying pressure to stand more strongly for human rights.
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Their judicial principles
If past interviews are any indication, the JBC will likely ask applicants Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo, and Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando whether they side with judicial activism or judicial restraint.
Read this for a quick review of their judicial principles.