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The selection process for the next chief justice begins Monday

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The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to meet next week to start the selection process for the next chief justice.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, a regular member of the influential body, revealed this.

“The JBC en banc will meet on Monday and will surely take this up. It is expected that the JBC will direct the publication of a notice stating that it will now accept applications or nominations for the vacant CJ position,” Guevarra said in a SMS.

The JBC is constitutionally mandated to screen applicants to the Judiciary and top Ombudsman positions.

It is currently chaired by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, with ex-officio members Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Senator Richard Gordon, and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali.

Its regular members include retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Catral Mendoza, representing the justices and chairperson of the JBC Executive Committee, Atty. Jose Mejia, representing the Academe, Atty. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa, representing the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and retired Judge Toribio Ilao, representing the private sector.

Sereno was ousted via quo warranto after she was accused of failing to file all her statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).

The Supreme Court upheld Sereno’s removal after denying her motion for reconsideration.

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