#CJSearch: Promised reforms of chief justice applicants

MANILA, Philippines – Justices of the Supreme Court (SC) promised judicial reforms that they would institute should they be chosen as the next chief justice of the Philippines.

The applicants made the promises when the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interviewed them on Thursday, August 16. (READ: #CJSearch: How did aspirants vote on key Supreme Court decisions?)

On Monday, August 20, the JBC will deliberate on who to put on the shortlist to be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro                                        Appointed 2007, 2nd most senior incumbent justice                                                  Retiring October 2018 

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Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta                                                                        Appointed 2009, 3rd most senior incumbent justice                                                  Retiring March 2022

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Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin                                                                        Appointed 2009, 4th most senior incumbent justice                                                  Retiring October 2019

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Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr                                                                        Appointed 2017, 2nd most junior incumbent justice                                            Retiring May 2020   

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The fifth applicant is Tagum City, Davao Judge Virginia Tehano-Ang who admitted to the JBC that her application for chief justice was just an accident. 

Ang's interview proceeded and she was asked to clarify a reported traffic altercation and other details of her work as a judge. She was told that her interview would be valid for a year should she apply for other posts for justice. – Rappler.com

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Lian Buan

Lian Buan covers justice and corruption for Rappler. She is interested in decisions, pleadings, audits, contracts, and other documents that establish a trail. If you have leads, email lian.buan@rappler.com or tweet @lianbuan.

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