Jan 14, 2021 @ 16:24
8 shortlisted for vacant Supreme Court seat
The Judicial and Bar Council has came up with a shortlist of eight candidates for a seat in the Supreme Court which became vacant following the early retirement of associate justice Priscilla Baltazar-Padilla.
The shortlist will now be transmitted to Malacañang for President Duterte’s appointment.
The JBC is constitutionally mandated to screen applicants for vacant posts in the judiciary and the Offices of the Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsman.
According to RMN Network, shortlisted were Court of Appeals Associate Justices Ramon Cruz, Japar Dimaampao, Maria Filomena Singh, Jhoseph Lopez, and Apolinario Bruselas.
Likewise shortlisted are Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje- Tang and former Ateneo Law Dean Sedfrey Candelaria.
Last November 3, the high court accepted the application for early retirement filed by Baltazar-Padilla due to health reasons.
Prior to her appointment to the SC, Padilla served as associate justice of the CA for 14 years.
She joined the judiciary in 1996 as presiding judge of Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 29, Manila and was promoted as presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 38, Manila in 2000.
She obtained her law degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines, graduating magna cum laude. She placed fifth in the 1984 Bar Examinations.
Born on July 2, 1958, she will mandatorily retire on her 70th birthday in 2028.