JBC Lists 8 Nominees

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) yesterday submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino a list of eight nominees for Chief Justice.

Leading the list is Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio. The other nominees are Supreme Court Justices Roberto A. Abad and Arturo D. Brion, Solicitor General Francis H. Jardeleza, Supreme Court Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno, former executive secretary Ronaldo B. Zamora, Supreme Court Justice Teresita J. Leonardo de Castro, and Ateneo de Manila University law dean Cesar L. Villanueva.

President Aquino has until August 27 to name the chief magistrate.

Carpio got seven votes from the eight-member JBC; Abad, Brion, Jardeleza, Sereno, and Zamora had six votes each, and De Castro and Villanueva, five each.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who was considered a top contender, did not make the list. The JBC disqualified her because she has pending disbarment cases before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

The Chief Justice post became vacant on May 29 with the impeachment of Renato C. Corona.

All eight council members voted. They are Supreme Court Justice Diosdado M. Peralta, acting JBC chair; Sen. Francis S. Escudero, Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., Undersecretary Michael Musngi, retired Supreme Court Justice Regino Hermosisima Jr., retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Aurora Lagman, lawyer Jose Mejia, and lawyer Ma. Milagros Fernan Cayosa.

Only Escudero did not vote for Carpio.

It was learned that Musngi moved for the suspension on the rule that disqualifies an aspirant with pending administrative or criminal cases.

But Musngi's colleagues thumbed down his proposal. The non-suspension of the rule paved the way for de Lima's disqualification.

Jose Mejia, who represents the academe in the JBC, said they chose eight nominees after the members decided to count nominees with at least five votes.

"It turned out that eight names got at least five votes," Mejia said.

Section 5, rule 4 of JBC rules provides for disqualification of de Lima, Jardeleza and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Teresita Herbosa, appointees of President Aquino who all face administrative cases.

Tupas, one of the two ex-officios in the council, said it decided to disqualify de Lima because there was no consensus on the proposal to relax the JBC rules on nominees facing cases.

Asked why Jardeleza and Herbosa were not disqualified, Tupas said Jardeleza's case was reconsidered since the prima facie of his disbarment complaint has yet to be determined, while the administrative case of Herbosa was dismissed by the Supreme Court last August 1.

Herbosa did not make the shortlist after getting only four votes, one short of the minimum.

An angry de Lima yesterday questioned her disqualification and accused the JBC of singling her out.

"I honestly don't know how to react. Why was I singled out?" de Lima said before storming off.

If the President cannot make a choice from the shortlist, he may ask the JBC for a new list.

The council will have to go through the entire selection process in just a matter of days to beat the August 27 deadline.

Reacting to the nominations, Terry Ridon, national president and general manager of Kabataan party-list, urged the JBC to resist the creation of an Aquino court and criticized the alleged attempts of Malacanang to influence the selection.

"If the Palace contends the standing rules of the JBC, it should challenge such rules in an appropriate proceeding filed in court. It cannot do so in an underhanded manner by influencing JBC members," Ridon said.

He said public interest will be frustrated if the Palace insists on applying the same tactics applied by former president and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"We will continue to be vigilant until the entire process is ended. New lawyers and law students are closely watching the conclusion of this saga," Ridon vowed. (Additional report from Chito A. Chavez)

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • China ignores global outcry vs reclamation
    China ignores global outcry vs reclamation

    On Wednesday, G-7 foreign ministers issued a Declaration on Maritime Security expressing alarm over “unilateral actions, such as large scale land reclamation, which change the status quo and increase tensions” in the region. In their communiqué, which did not specifically mention China, the ministers expressed belief that reclamation activities were meant to “change the status quo” in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, through which 40 percent of global trade passes. …

  • Project NOAH exec receives recognition
    Project NOAH exec receives recognition

    Project NOAH executive director and University of the Philippines professor Mahar Lagmay recently received recognition from the European Geosciences Union (EGU) for his work in disaster risk reduction and mitigation in the Philippines. …

  • Nightclub ban for US troops
    Nightclub ban for US troops

    The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said yesterday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipino he met in a bar. Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will kick off tomorrow the 10-day annual military exercises, according to Capt. Alex Lim, a spokesman for the US forces, but there will be strict controls on their free time. Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but …

  • US-Phl war games to start under China’s shadow
    US-Phl war games to start under China’s shadow

    Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will kick off tomorrow expanded wargames, showcasing a deepening  defense alliance as alarm bells ring over China. The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this time they will involve double the number of soldiers as last year in a sign of their expanding military partnership. The Philippines is seeking more US military and diplomatic support to fend off China’s increasing forcefulness in its bid …

  • Palace defends legal tack in sea row
    Palace defends legal tack in sea row

    There is nothing weak about taking the legal and diplomatic approach to push for the country’s claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea, Malacañang maintained yesterday. On Friday, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares led a rally in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City to protest China’s massive reclamation activities in the Spratly island group to fortify its presence in the disputed waters. Colmenares also criticized the Philippine government for supposedly not doing enough to defend …

  • Veloso sons urge authorities to save mother from death
    Veloso sons urge authorities to save mother from death

    The sons of Mary Jane Veloso, who is facing execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling, yesterday appealed to government officials to do everything to spare their mother from death. “We love you,” Mark Daniel, 12, said when asked for a message for his mother following a press conference at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Mark Daniel, an incoming Grade 8 student, reiterated his appeal to those in power to help save his mother from death. His younger brother, …

  • US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow
    US-Philippines wargames to start under China's shadow

    Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded wargames, showcasing a deepening defence alliance as alarm bells ring over China. The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this time they will involve double the number of soldiers as last year in a sign of their expanding military partnership. The Philippines is seeking more US military and diplomatic support to fend off China's increasing forcefulness in its bid …

  • Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial
    Bar ban for US troops in Philippines amid murder trial

    The US Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial under way of a US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina he met in a bar. Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers will on Monday kick off 10-day annual military excercises, according to Captain Alex Lim, a spokesman for the US forces, but there will be strict controls on their free time. Lim would not say why the restrictions were imposed but …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options