Senate Asks JBC To Stop CJ Selection

Senator Joker Arroyo’s resolution urging the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to defer the vetting of the nominees and the preparation of a short list of three candidates for the consideration of President Benigno Aquino until the court decides on a motion for reconsideration on the legislature’s representation in the council was approved after the Senators met in a caucus.

The resolution calls on the JBC to suspend its selection process for ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona’s successor until the Supreme Court has made a final ruling on the Congress representation in the screening panel.

The court earlier upheld a petition by former Solicitor General Francisco Chavez that the Constitution allowed only one representative for both the Senate and the House of Representative in the JBC deliberations and not two as practiced previously. The two chambers have appealed the decision.

The senators also requested the Supreme Court to set oral arguments so that the Senate can defend its position that each of the chambers be given a representative in the JBC, warning that a repudiation of this stand would have “serious consequences.”

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