13 vie for SC justice posts


A total of 13 applicants will vie for the posts to be vacated by two Supreme Court justices this year.

Associate Justice Jose Catral Mendoza is set to retire on August 13 upon reaching the mandatory age of retirement of 70. Justice Bienvenido Reyes is also set to retire on July 6.

The 13 candidates are SC Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, Court of Appeals Justices Ramon Paul Hernando and Ramon Bato, CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr., CA Justices Rosmari Carandang, Jose Reyes, Japar Dimaampao, Apolinario Bruselas, Stephen Cruz, and Amy Lazaro Javier, Centro Escolar University Vice Dean and veteran lawyer Rita Linda Ventura Jimeno, Pasig City judge Rowena Apao-Adlawan and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo who is applying for the post to be vacated by Mendoza.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to deliberate anew on the names of applicants before it issues a notice of publication calling on the public to submit comments or objections to the applications and scheduling the public interviews of the applicants.

On Monday, the JBC will interview Marquez, Reyes Jr., Bato, Bruselas, Carandang, Cruz, Hernando, and Reyes.


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    What is the use of JBC’s recommendations if the final approving / hiring authority is the President? To screen out their qualifications? their past performance records? The screening process of JBC will not prevent whoever are selected, to join in “shadenfreude” league once they are already occupying the seats as Supreme Court Justices. Mr. Yen Makabenta wrote an article last week on shadenfreude, describing government officials such as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court about her lack of knowledge on the Constitution, and she had made herself as the biggest fool in the SC again. He also included Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, like a clown that people enjoy every time he steps on his little dick. Yes, people like myself, have a good laugh every time these high ranking government officials say or do something stupid. I think the JBC’s involvement in this selection process is for formality sake, otherwise, Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno would have been in the wrong place, meaning, her qualifications could not even occupy an Associate Justice position at the SC. Lastly, Filipinos need to have a good laugh every now and then.