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(UPDATED) Newly-retired Supreme Court justice Noel Tijam is the 3rd Bedan in the Judicial and Bar Council, which screens applicants to judiciary posts
No one laughs at the President's jokes, and the Supreme Court becomes supreme again. Why not?
Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz, dissenter in the Bong Revilla acquittal, does not make it to the short list of Supreme Court justice candidates
Employees tell the Judicial and Bar Council that Tang ‘runs the affairs of the anti-graft court like her idol Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’
Applicants for a Supreme Court vacancy are asked for their opinions on polarizing legal issues. Privacy issues are also discussed.
(UPDATED) The Judicial and Bar Council is interviewing 6 applicants for the slot of retiring Associate Justice Noel Tijam
(UPDATED) CA Justices Manuel Barrios, Ramon Bato Jr, Ramon Garcia, and Court Administrator Midas Marquez get the en banc’s nod
(UPDATED) Ombudsman Samuel Martires files complaints of corruption and obstruction against lawyer Edna Batacan, who told the JBC she had paid a fee for a case status
The names on the shortlist are all familiar
‘The court en banc was disappointed that there were questions which were not proper, they catered to something, to trivia,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
'The majority of the JBC members took the view that sitting members of the Supreme Court had already been publicly interviewed when they originally applied for their SC positions,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra
‘But that’s basic, it’s in the textbook,’ the retired justice tells Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno during a panel interview for justice of the Supreme Court
Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno stumbles on the doctrine at first, but eventually says that rebus sic stantibus may be used by Duterte to validly withdraw from the ICC without the concurrence of the Senate
Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz, who is aspiring for a seat on the Supreme Court bench, says installing CCTV cameras would discourage misbehavior
Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr also tries again for the Supreme Court's top spot
The last JBC interviews also saw odd questions about the applicants’ love lives and belated decisions to bear children
The 9 names are familiar, except for one: Justice Edgardo Delos Santos, who is tagged as the ‘habal-habal’ justice of Visayas
Application opens September 29 and ends October 15
(UPDATED) Justice Delos Santos penned the lauded Writ of Kalikasan decision that shut down the controversial Inawayan Landfill in Cebu City
Many of the candidates are current associate justices at the Court of Appeals and had previously applied for a position at the High Court
Marquez is among the 6 nominees whom the en banc has recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). He was previously interviewed in June 2017.
Former president Noynoy Aquino still stands by his appointment of ousted Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
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De Castro gets 6 votes, Peralta also 6, while Bersamin gets 5. President Duterte will choose the next chief justice from this list.
The opposition says the impeachment complaints filed at the Lower House should be a valid ground for disqualification but that may not be a hard and fast rule
The council defers voting and moves it to Friday, August 24
‘Nandito na 'ko, sayang naman po ‘yung effort ko,’ says the judge from Tagum City, Davao
(UPDATED) 'I have a background in managing in the Court of Appeals, being its presiding justice for the last 7 or 8 years,' says Justice Andres Reyes Jr
Peralta denies telling people he is the next chief justice
Court insiders see an opportunity for Antonio Carpio to accept the nomination when De Castro retires in October
Justice Bersamin says he and his wife would be willing to sign a waiver if necessary
Who will become Maria Lourdes Sereno's successor? Watch the interviews on Thursday, August 16.
By tradition, the vote of the chief justice as the ex-officio chairman of the JBC has followed the vote of the Supreme Court en banc
Here's how the composition of the Philippines' top court would look like by the time President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends
Two senior justices also accept their automatic nominations: Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin
The other 4 senior Supreme Court justices have yet to respond to their automatic nominations
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(UPDATED) Also short-listed is San Beda and Lex Taleonis alumnus Felito Ramirez
The recommendation will be sent to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which will then vote on its official short list on Friday, July 20
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‘Excuse me, why don't we look at each other's records?’ Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says of Edna Batacan, former lawyer of President Rodrigo Duterte
Private citizen Rjhay Laurea files the opposition with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which is screening Marquez and other applicants for Supreme Court Justice
The 65-year-old Batacan says she knows the Office of the Ombudsman enough to know that there is also corruption inside
(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III's clearance states that he no longer has pending cases as of June 18, 2018, or two days before the public interviews
Martires’ quo warranto vote and a past disciplinary action show lack of probity, according to Catholic priests, Evangelical pastors and theological teachers
70-year-old retired judge and Judicial and Bar Council member Toribio Ilao gets questions from 'the Twitter' and asks a candidate why he is sporting a moustache
The members of the Judicial and Bar Council ask nominees about freedom of expression, judicial independence, and religious freedom. However, some issues like the bloody drug war are not discussed.
‘The right to religious belief in the hierarchy of values should prevail,’ says Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Garcia
‘I am confident that the President will pass upon my qualifications on the merits and not because I am a woman and not a man,' says Court of Appeals Associate Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier