The country’s association of judges has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez as the associate justice of the Supreme Court as a successor to Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. who is retiring next month.
In a July 9, 2018 letter to the President, the Philippine Judges Association, through its president Judge Felix Reyes of the Regional Trial Court of Marikina City, asked Duterte to consider Marquez for Velasco’s position considering his “integrity and competence.”
“We believe that Court Administrator Marquez possesses the necessary qualifications and experience, having been in the service of the Supreme Court for almost three decades in various positions,” the PJA said.
“We also stand and affirm his integrity and competence, and his appointment as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court would greatly benefit our beloved institution.”
The group manifested its support for Marquez’s appointment to the post that will be vacated by Velasco on Aug. 8 in a resolution signed by 30 judges and officials.
The judges earlier sent their endorsement of Marquez in a letter to the Judicial and Bar Council.
The group said Marquez “possesses the necessary qualifications, character, and temperance required of a justice of the highest court of the land.”
“He solely possesses an institutional memory on the operation of the courts as well as the highest tribunal having been in the service of the Supreme Court for almost three decades,” the group stressed.
Marquez is in the shortlist of nominees submitted by the JBC to the President.
Marquez aside, the others in the shortlist are Court of Appeals Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr., Amy Lazaro-Javier, Ramon Garcia, Associate Justices Apolinario Bruselas, Rosmari Carandang and Ramon Hernando, and former Ateneo law school dean Cesar Villanueva.