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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is interviewing candidates vying for the Supreme Court (SC) slot that will be vacated by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, who will retire in January 2019.
Six of the 19 applicants will be interviewed by the JBC on Wednesday, December 5. Four of the applicants to be interviewed are coming from the Court of Appeals: Justices Ramon Bato Jr, Ramon Cruz, Eduardo Peralta Jr, and Ricardo Rosario.
The other two are Sandiganbayan presiding justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and anti-graft court justice Efren dela Cruz.
There are a total of 19 applicants but only 6 will be interviewed on Wednesday because their last interviews are still valid. Of the 19 applicants, 12 are from the Court of Appeals, 3 are from Sandiganbayan, one from the lower court, one an official of the Supreme Court, and two are from the academe.
CA Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang, who was originally listed as among the candidates, was recently appointed to the High Court.
The en banc makes the recommendation in its session on Tuesday, although 6 of the applicants will only be interviewed tomorrow, Wednesday. Here's the schedule of tomorrow's public interviews: pic.twitter.com/CXQIvbwSAq — Lian Buan (@lianbuan) December 4, 2018
Excluding his choices for chief justice, whoever will replace Tijam will be President Rodrigo Duterte's eighth appointee to the Court. – Rappler.com