28 eye seats of retiring Justices Carpio, Jardeleza
At least 28 candidates are eyeing the seats to be vacated by Supreme Court Associate Justices Francis Jardeleza and Antonio Carpio who will mandatorily retire on September 26 and October 26, respectively.
This developed as the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has announced that it will be conducting a public interview for the aspirants on September 6, 9, 10 and 11.
The JBC said the public may submit a sworn complaint against any of the candidates by personal delivery, mail or email on or before August 27.
It was learned that 18 of the applicants are from the Court of Appeals (CA), namely Justices Samuel Gaerlan, Japar Dimaampao, Edwin Sorongon, Ramon Cruz, Ramon Bato Jr., Eduardo Peralta Jr., Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Ramon Garcia, Ricardo Rosario, Mario Lopez, Jhosep Lopez, Elihu Ybañez, Ma. Filomena Singh, Pablito Perez, Manuel Barrios, Edgardo delos Santos, Edgardo Lloren and Oscar Badelles.
Likewise applying are Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, and Sandiganbayan magistrates Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Efren de la Cruz, Alex Quiroz and Oscar Herrera Jr. and Davao City Regional Trial Court Judge Carlo Espero II.
Also aspiring for the soon-to-be-vacant positions are Bureau of Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner Lanee Cui-David, former Justice undersecretary Manuel Teehankee, former Ateneo Law School dean Cesar Villanueva and University of Asia and the Pacific School of Law and Governance professor Jeremy Benigno Gatdula.
The JBC is the constitutionally-mandated body to screen and vet nominees to key positions in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman.