This is an oppurtunity to pick a chief justice who will have strong position against graft and corruption and "utang na loob", or blind unthinking loyalty, exhibited by the previous chief justice.
Here are some of the candidates, with nominations ended today, June 18.
|Manuel Siayngco Jr.||retired judge|
|Rafael Morales||law professor and|
Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan managing partner
|Nepomuceno Aparis||lawyer and Ormoc vice mayor|
|Raul Pangalangan||former U.P. Law Dean|
|Katrina Legarda||women's rights advocate|
|Kim Henares||BIR commisioner|
|Leila de Lima||former Commissioner on Human Rights and Justice Secretary|
|Francis Jardeleza||Solicitor General|
|Dean Cesar Villanueva||former dean Ateneo Law school|
|Antonio Carpio||acting chief justice|
|Presbitero Velasco Jr.||Senior Associate Justice of the SC|
|Teresita Leonardo-de Castro||Senior Associate Justice of the SC|
|Arturo Brion||Senior Associate Justice of the SC|
|Diosdado Peralta||Senior Associate Justice of the SC|
|Teddy Boy Locsin||former Makati City representative|
|Frank Chavez||former solicitor general|
|Jose Perez||associate justice of the SC|
|Roberto Abad||associate justice of the SC|
|Maria Lourdes Sereno||associate justice of the SC|
|Marvic Leonen||Govt. chief peace negotiator|
|Rene Sarmiento||Elections Commisioner|
|Amado Valdez||dean,UE College of Law|
|Roan Libarios||IBP president|
|Raphael Lotilla||former Energy Secretary|
|Gilberto Teodoro||former Secretary of Defense and presidential candidate|
We hope to complete the list by tomorrow!
Today June 18, 2012 is the deadline for submission of nominations.
On June 25, the Judicial Bar Council will come up with the initial list of candidates for public interviews in the first week of July.
We have many (> 40) nominees for the JBC to make a short list for the President B.S. Aquino to choose from. But it is to be noted that Pres. Aquino DOES NOT have to choose from the short list!
We hope that the best nominee gets appointed. To this blogger, Acting Antonio Carpio, by virtue of the being the most senior associate justice gets the favored nod. Again, Pres. Aquino may choose another person!