President Rodrigo Duterte is now deciding who the next Philippine chief justice will be, and he will have to choose among one Aquino appointee and two of his own appointees.
The Aquino appointee, Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe, is currently most senior in the Court and is actually now acting chief justice. If Duterte picks her, he will be honoring seniority which can be a good thing in terms of acceptability to the other 14 justices.
In this episode we will talk about the process of choosing who gets to sit on the Supreme Court Bench, and whether the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is accountable for appointees who turn out bad.
We have lawyer Jojo Mejia, a former JBC member, for this episode.
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