JBC Finalize CJ Shortlist

Members of the Judicial and Bar Council, presided over by Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta, discuss relevant matters prior to the casting of their votes for the shortlist of nominees for the position of Chief Justice at the Supreme Court, New Supreme Court Building, Padre Faura, Manila.

The JBC chose 8 names for its shortlist for the next Chief Justice.

Of the 8, five are insiders including Supreme Court justices Antonio Carpio, Roberto Abad, Arturo Brion, Teresita Leonardo De Castro and Maria Lourdes Sereno.

One candidate, former San Juan congressman Ronaldo Zamora, has been in politics since the administration of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. Another candidate, former Ateneo Law School Dean Cesar Villanueva, hails from the academe.

The last candidate, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, is the only SC outsider who is a member of the Aquino administration.

Here are the profiles of the 8 CJ nominees and what they said during the JBC interviews.

Outsider CJ would show mistrust, says Abad
MANILA, Philippines – Despite the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, Associate Justice Arturo Brion believes the Supreme Court (SC) remains strong and united.
Profile: Roberto Abad

Carpio denies scheming to oust Corona
MANILA, Philippines – Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio on Thursday, for the first time, denied before the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) that he conspired with President Aquino and Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas to oust his predecessor through impeachment.
Profile: Antonio Carpio

Jardeleza to inhibit from SMC cases if named CJ
MANILA, Philippines – Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, who was general legal counsel for San Miguel Corp. (SMC) for 14 years, said if he is appointed as Chief Justice, he will inhibit from all cases involving the conglomerate.
Profile: Francis Huising Jardeleza

Supreme Court in good shape, says Brion
MANILA, Philippines – Despite the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, Associate Justice Arturo Brion believes the Supreme Court (SC) remains strong and united.
Profile: Arturo Brion

Sereno: Supreme Court doesn’t need ‘healing’
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) does not need “healing” despite the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, according to Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Profile: Lourdes Sereno

Political skills can be asset of CJ, says Zamora
MANILA, Philippines – Seven-term Congressman Ronaldo Zamora said on Friday that his being a long-time politician should not be a hindrance but an asset to being Chief Justice.
Profile: Ronaldo Zamora

SC should be a constitutional court: ex-Ateneo law dean
MANILA – A former dean of the Ateneo Law School believes the Supreme Court, like the US Federal Supreme Court, should focus on being a constitutional court which will decide on important constitutional issues and should speak “like thunder” when it sets the law or affirms a policy.
Profile: Cesar Villanueva


De Castro pushes for more female justices

MANILA, Philippines – Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, one of the nominees for Chief Justice, is hoping that more female judges and justices are appointed to the courts.
Profile: Teresita de Castro

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