The Judicial and Bar Council on Friday said there are 15 aspirants for the Supreme Court associate justice post left vacant following the promotion of Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta as the country’s 26th Chief Justice of the 15-member high tribunal.
The JBC, the constitutional office that accepts, screens, and nominates appointments to the judiciary, said 12 of the aspirants are associate justices of the Court of Appeals: Associate Justices Ramon A. Cruz, Eduardo B. Peralta Jr., Samuel H. Gaerlan, Jhosep Y. Lopez, Pablito A. Perez, Maria Filomena D. Singh, Oscar V. Badelles, Manuel M. Barrios, Ramon M. Bato Jr., Apolinario D. Bruselas Jr., Ramon R. Garcia, and Ricardo R. Rosario.
The three others are Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo M. Cabotaje Tang, Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez, and Anti-Red Tape Authority Deputy Director General Ernesto V. Perez.
In an advisory, the JBC, concurrently chaired by Chief Justice Peralta, has set public interviews of Cruz and Peralta on Monday, December 9, at the SC’s division hearing room.
Ernesto V. Perez, Gaerlan, Lopez, Pablito A. Perez and Singh are set for interview on December 18.
Badelles, Barrios, Bato, Bruselas, Cabotaje Tang, Garcia, Marquez, and Rosario will no longer be interviewed because their previous interviews are still valid, the JBC said.
Once the JBC submits to President Duterte its nominees to the vacant post, the President has 90 days from October 23, 2019 to appoint Peralta’s replacement as associate justice.