THE Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday granted a petition of Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza to be included in the shortlist of nominees for the vacant position in the High Court.
The tribunal’s decision dealt a blow to Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio who both tried to block Jardeleza’s candidacy.
“With a vote of 7-4, the court granted the petition for certiorari and mandamus filed by the Solicitor General challenging his exclusion from the shortlist for the vacancy in the Supreme Court,” the SC said.
Sereno and Carpio inhibited themselves from the case.
The justices cast their votes via secret balloting.
Associate Justice Jose Catral Mendoza said the court’s decision shall be immediately executory.
With the ruling, there are now five candidates for the post left vacant by Associate Justice Roberto A. Abad—Court of Appeals Justices Jose Reyes and Apolinario Bruselas, Commission on Audit Chairperson Gracia Pulido-Tan, Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Rogelio Daway and Jardeleza.
In his petition for certiorari and mandamus, Jardeleza said Sereno and the Judicial and Bar Council “acted in grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction” when they removed his name from the list of candidates.”