Just in: Shortlist for vacant SC seat bared

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Monday came up with a shortlist of seven candidates for a Supreme Court seat that became vacant due to the mandatory retirement of associate justice Andres Reyes Jr. last May 11.

Shortlisted were Court of Appeals Associate Justices Japar Dimaampao, Jhosep Lopez, Ramon Cruz, Manuel Barrios, Ricardo Rosario, and Priscilla Baltazar-Padilla.

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez was also in the shortlist.

The JBC is constitutionally mandated to screen applicants for vacant posts in the judiciary and the Offices of the Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsman.

The JBC will now transmit the shortlist to President Duterte for his appointment.

Under the Constitution, the Chief Executive has 90 days from May 11 to announce Reyes’ replacement.

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