The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday released a shortlist of candidates to be vacated by Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion who will retire on December 29.
Included in the list were Court of Appeals Associate Justices Rosmari Carandang, Apolinario D. Bruselas Jr., Jose C. Reyes Jr., Japar B. Dimaampao, Amy Lazaro-Javier and Noel Tijam, while Centro Escolar University Law Vice Dean Rita Linda Ventura-Jimeno was also in the shortlist.
Last December 2, the JBC has released another shortlist of five candidates in the High Court to be vacated by the retirement also of Associate Justice Jose Perez on Wednesday (Dec. 14).
Justices Reyes, Bruselas and Dimaampao were also in the shortlist, along with CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Samuel Martires.
The positions to be vacated by Brion and Perez are the first two of the possible more than 10 appointments to the Supreme Court under the Duterte administration.
Under the Constitution, the President has 90 days from vacancy to choose from the shortlist of candidates provided by the JBC.
The Constitution requires a candidate for the position of associate justice of the SC to be a natural born citizen, at least 40 years of age, and with 15 years or more of experience as a judge of a lower court or engaged in the practice of law in the country.
The magistrate must also be "a person of proven competence, integrity, probity, and independence."
The seven-man council, which is constitutionally mandated to screen and bet nominees to the President for vacant posts in the judiciary and the Offices of the Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsman, is chaired by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno, with ex-officio members -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguierre II, along with the legislative branch namely: Senator Richard Gordon and Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali, who shall have a term sharing seat in the JBC.
Retired SC Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez is the head of the Executive Committee, Lawyer Jose Mejia representing the Academe, and Milagros Fernan-Cayosa representing the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and the newest member Ret. Judge Toribio Ilao, representing the private sector as the other regular members of the JBC.
Source: Philippines News Agency