Day 2 of JBC Interviews For Chief Justice

Day 2 of the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) Interviews for the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is ongoing. There are 6 interviewees.

Lined up for today are Supreme Court Associate Justice Roberto Abad, lawyer Rafael Morales and former University of the Philippines Law dean Raul Pangalangan for the morning session.

To be interviewed in the afternoon are Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion, Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento and lawyer Manuel Siayngco Jr.

1. Justice ROBERTO ABAD
MOST RECENT DISTINCTIONS:
-Supreme Court justice
-Engaged in law practice for over 22 years
-Bar reviewer in political law
-Professor of law subjects, UST
-Earned his law degree at Ateneo de Manila University
PREVIOUS POSITIONS:
-Worked as lawyer for a year at Jose W. Diokno Law Office in 1968
-Appointed to the post of Asst. Solgen in 1985
-Acted as counsel for Equitable Banking Corp. during Estrada impeachment trial
-Authored 2 books on legal writing
2. Atty. RAFAEL AVELINO MORALES
MOST RECENT DISTINCTIONS:
– Professorial Lecturer, College of Law, University of the Philippines
– Member of IBP, Ph Bar Association, Inter-Pacific Bar Association
– Member of New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association
– Managing Partner, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (Since 1983)
– Member, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines
– Recipient of Presidential Merit Award, 1994
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
– Finished 4th in the 1975 Bar (87.79%)
– Master of Laws, University of Michigan (1978)
– Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines (1974)
3. Atty. RAUL C. PANGALANGAN
MOST RECENT DISTINCTIONS:
– 5th time to be screened by JBC for an SC position
– Specializes in Public International and Constitutional Law
– Dean, University of the Philippines College of Law (1999-2005)
– Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer
– Director of Studies, The Hague Academy of International Law, 2000
– Visiting professor in Public International Law, Harvard Law School, 2007
– Lecturer on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea and SEA at The Hague Academy of International Law, 2008
– Amicus Curiae of the SC in the impeachment case of then-CJ Hilario Davide
– Chairman, Bantay Katarungan
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
– AB Cum Laude (1978), LL. B. (1983), University of the Philippines
– LL. M. (1986), S.J.D. (1990), Harvard Law School
– Diploma, The Hague Academy of International Law, 1987
– Philippine delegate, 1998 Rome Conference
– Laylin Prize for best paper in public international law, 1986
– Sumner Prize for best thesis on issues relating to international peace, 1990
4. Associate Justice ARTURO BRION
MOST RECENT DISTINCTIONS:
-SC Associate Justice for 4 years now
-Appointed Court of Appeals Justice in July, 2003
– Dole Secretary for 2 years beginning 2006
– Dole Undersecretary for Labor Relations in 2001
– DFA Undersecretary for Special Projects in 2002
PREVIOUS POSITIONS:
– Lawyer, Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako Law Offices
– Senior partner, Natividad Delos Reyes Maambong & Brion Law Firm
– Professor in UP, Ateneo de Manila University and FEU
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
-First placer in 1974 Bar Exams
– Master of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School of York in Toronto
– Class valedictorian, ADMU, 1974
5. RENE SARMIENTO
MOST RECENT DISTINCTIONS:
-Commissioner, Commission on Elections (since April 7, 2006)
– vied for an associate justice position in 2010
PREVIOUS POSITIONS:
Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (2005-2006)
Member/Vice-Chairman, government panel for the peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF (1996 -2006)
Commissioner, 1986 Constitutional Commission (that drafted the 1987 Constitution)
Consultant, Presidential Committee on Human Rights (1987)
Associate Attorney, Jose W. Diokno’s Law Office (1979-1988)
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
– Bachelor of Laws, UP College of Law, 1978
– A.B. Political Science, San Beda College, 1974, Magna Cum Laude
6. MANUEL DJ SIAYNGCO JR.
MOST RECENT DISTINCTIONS:
-Regional Trial Court Judge, Malolos, Bulacan, 2001-2011
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
UP College of Law, 1987
Masters of Philosophy, Divine Word Seminary  Philosophy, San Carlos Seminary.
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