Monday, June 18, 2012

So many nominees to fill in the SC Chief justice vacancy. We should not be unhappy.

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 Aparislawyer and Ormoc vice mayor
Jocelyn Esquivelnurse
Raul Pangalangan former U.P. Law Dean
Katrina Legardawomen's rights advocate
Kim Henares BIR commisioner
Leila de Limaformer Commissioner on Human Rights and Justice Secretary
Francis JardelezaSolicitor General
Dean Cesar Villanuevaformer dean Ateneo Law school
Marianito Sadondoncillo lawyer
Antonio Carpioacting chief justice
Presbitero Velasco Jr.Senior Associate Justice of the SC
Teresita Leonardo-de CastroSenior Associate Justice of the SC
Arturo BrionSenior Associate Justice of the SC
Diosdado PeraltaSenior Associate Justice of the SC
Teddy Boy Locsinformer Makati City representative
Frank Chavezformer solicitor general
Jose Perezassociate justice of the SC
Roberto Abadassociate justice of the SC
Maria Lourdes Serenoassociate justice of the SC
Marvic LeonenGovt. chief peace negotiator
Rene SarmientoElections Commisioner
Amado Valdezdean,UE College of Law
Roan LibariosIBP president
Rodolfo Robles lawyer
Pedro Aquino lawyer
Raphael Lotillaformer Energy Secretary
Gilberto Teodoroformer 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!

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