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11 nominations for Chief Justice received by Judicial and Bar Council, 5 most senior Supreme Court justices also nominated
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that as of Wednesday, June 13, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) had received 11 nominations and applications for Chief Justice.
Published on: Jun 14, 2012 - 8:37am

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that as of Wednesday, June 13, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) had received 11 nominations and applications for Chief Justice. The names of the nominees are listed below:

  1. Department of Justice SEceretary Leila De Lima
  2. Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza
  3. Bureau of Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Henares
  4. Women's rights advocate Atty. Katrina Legarda
  5. Retired Judge Manuel Siayngco Jr.
  6. Ateneo de Manila University law school dean Cesar Villanueva
  7. Inquirer columnist/former UP College of Law dean Raul Pangalangan
  8. Former Laguna Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Marianito Sasondoncillo
  9. Atty. Nepomuceno Aparis
  10. Atty. Rafael Morales, managing partner of the Sycip, Salazar, Hernandez & Gatmaitan law firm
  11. Jocelyn Esquivel, who claimed to be a nurse, submitted an application

The report noted that Esquivel, the 11th nominee, would most certainly be disqualified since the Constitution states that a Chief Justice "must have been for 15 years or more, a judge of a lower court or engaged in the practice of law in the Philippines."


Aside from the 11 nominees, the five most seniour Supreme Court justices are also automatically in the running for the position: acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Associate Justice Arturo Brion, and Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta.


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  • Black Devil
    To all yellow zombies involved in the Corona Impeachment: Refrain yourselves from getting nominated for the post.IT'S IN BAD TASTE. DO THE RIGHT THING.NAKAKAHIYA KAYO,ATATA na ATAT SA PODER para makapag served sa Amo niyong Pulpol!
    Jul 05 2012 @ 12:05pm     Reply  
  • blue angel
    laban lang kim henares wag kang aayaw mas tingin ko na mas karapatdapat kang maging chief justice
    Jul 05 2012 @ 11:59am     Reply  
    i am hopeful that Atty Katrina Legarda may be considered and pray that she will be appointed as the next Supreme Court Justice.
    Jul 03 2012 @ 07:51am     Reply  
  • Mark
    Kasi naman na-impeached pa si Corona, nagkaproblema tuloy kayo sa papalit sa kanya. We do not know if the future CJ will be fair and just and honest, hahaha! Syempre, maka-administrasyon yan sigurado, sana hindi si De Lima.
    Jun 16 2012 @ 11:55am     Reply  
  • Genuine
    Let's say the impachment never happened and Corona just opted for early retirement so as not to be dragged in a gadawful mess, Miriam Defensor -Santiago would be my candidate for Chief, notwithstanding the ICC appointment. The gears will turn hyper at the Supreme Court if she's Chief, you'd be asking yourself; backlog at the SC?! what backlog? it's churning away. Fast. We have quite a slavedriver here. You wouldn't want to be staring at the receiving end of the barrel of her gun i tell ya, so we're churning away decisions here.. at hyper-speed!
    Jun 16 2012 @ 03:56am     Reply  
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