FAST FACTS: Know candidates vying for SC justice post (Part 2)

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MANILA, Philippines – The search for the replacement of outgoing Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr continued on Friday, January 8, with the interview of the second batch of candidates for the vacated position.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interviewed the last 8 of the 16 candidates to conclude the two-day public interview of candidates who can replace the retiring associate justice.

The first 8 candidates were interviewed on Thursday, January 7.

Here's a quick profile of the last batch of JBC interviewees. Images below were lifted from the livestream provided by the Supreme Court, except for the first two whose interviews were not covered by the livestream.

STEPHEN C. CRUZ

Court of Appeals associate justice
Law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University

FLORIN T. HILBAY

Solicitor General
Law degree from the University of the Philippines

REYNALDO B. DAWAY

Quezon City RTC presiding judge

MARIFLOR P. PUNZALAN-CASTILLO

Court of Appeals associate justice
Law degree from the University of the Philippines

MARIA GRACIA M. PULIDO-TAN

former Commission on Audit chairperson
Law degree from the University of the Philippines

ALEX L. QUIROZ

Sandiganbayan associate justice
Law degree from Manuel Luis Quezon University

ANDRES B. REYES JR

Court of Appeals presiding justice
Law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University

JOSE C. REYES JR

Court of Appeals associate justice
Law degree from San Beda College

As per the 1987 Constitution, those who will be appointed to the SC should be natural born Filipino citizens, at least 40 years old, and with at least 15 years of experience as a lower court judge or a law practitioner in the country. – Rappler.com