[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Choosing who sits on the Bench

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.

If Duterte goes for either of his appointees, Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo or Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando, it could result in more stability because they would have more years to serve. Bernabe will retire in May 2022, Gesmundo in November 2026, and Hernando in August 2036.

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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