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Still no takers for vacant CJ seat

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There’s still no applicant for the vacant chief justice post.

Atty. Jose Mejia, a regular member of the Judicial and Bar Council representing the academe, bared that no applications or nominations have been submitted to the influential council since the Supreme Court (SC) has ruled with finality ousting Ma. Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto.

Not even from the five most senior justices – Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo – De Castro, Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin – have shown their interest to the coveted highest court position in the country.

“Under the rules, while the five most senior justices are automatically nominated for the chief justice post, they still have to formally accept the nomination to be officially considered as nominee or applicant,” Mejia stressed.

The JBC has set the deadline for nominations on July 25. The 1987 Constitution requires that the chief justice position be filled within 90 days from vacancy, which means that President Duterte needs to appoint Sereno’s replacement by Sept. 16.

“To consider a nominee who has not accepted the nomination is not within the JBC rules,” he explained when told that Carpio would decline accepting his nomination.

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