JBC sets dead­line to op­pose SC as­pi­rants

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By EVE­LYN MA­CAIRAN

The pub­lic has un­til Thurs­day to op­pose the ap­pli­ca­tions of five Supreme Court (SC) mag­is­trates aspir­ing to be the next chief jus­tice, the Ju­di­cial and Bar Coun­cil (JBC) said over the week­end.

The JBC said any com­plaint or op­po­si­tion against the can­di­dates – Se­nior As­so­ciate Jus­tice An­to­nio Car­pio and As­so­ciate Jus­tices Lu­cas Bersa- min, Dios­dado Per­alta, Estela Per­las-Bern­abe and An­dres Reyes Jr. – should be sub­mit­ted on or be­fore Nov. 15.

The com­plaint may ei­ther be hand­car­ried or mailed to the JBC of­fice, 2F Cen­ten­nial Build­ing, Supreme Court, Padre Faura Street, Manila.

It can also be sent by fac­sim­ile at tele­phone no. 02-552-9607 or e-mailed jbc@sc.ju­di­ciary.

gov.ph and jbc87­supre­me­court@gmail.com.

“The Coun­cil en banc will meet on Nov. 16 to dis­cuss the com­ments or op­po­si­tion from the pub­lic,” SC clerk of court and JBC ex-of­fi­cio sec­re­tary Edgar Aricheta said.

The five can­di­dates, be­ing se­nior jus­tices of the SC them­selves, will no longer un­dergo pub­lic in­ter­views.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Me­nardo Gue­varra ear­lier said the jus­tices who re­ceived au­to­matic nom­i­na­tion – five most se­nior jus­tices and mag­is­trates with a min­i­mum of five years at the SC – are ex­empted from pub­lic in­ter­view.

All ap­pli­cants will, how­ever, still un­dergo a thor­ough and closed-door in­ter­view by the JBC panel.

Per­alta, Ber­samin and Reyes had their pub­lic in­ter­views in July, which are still con­sid­ered valid for a year.

Car­pio and Bern­abe re­ceived au­to­matic nom­i­na­tions by virtue of their po­si­tion at the SC.

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