MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court unanimously voted to recommend retiring Associate Justice Samuel Martires for the post of Ombudsman.
“He obtained 11 votes of the 12 Justices who were present,” Court Spokesman Theodore Te said in a news conference on Tuesday, July 17.
Associate Justices Estela Perlas Bernabe and Benjamin Caguioa were not present, and Martires did not take part in the voting. (READ: Priests, pastors oppose Martires’ Ombudsman application)
The recommendation is sent to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for its consideration. The JBC will vote on its official short list when the members convene on Friday, July 20.
Martires was a former associate justice of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, while Sandoval was its former presiding justice. Sandiganbayan is where most of the Ombudsman cases go for judgment.
Another applicant is incumbent Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz. (READ: Sandiganbayan justices vow to address delay in cases if appointed Ombudsman)
Morales officially retires on July 26. – Rappler.com