FAST FACTS: Shortlisted candidates for Supreme Court vacancy

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) revealed on Monday, January 18, the shortlist of candidates for the Supreme Court (SC) seat vacated by retired Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr.

Villarama's retirement took effect on Saturday, January 16. The JBC initially assessed 16 candidates who could replace him. 

These candidates were scheduled for public interviews for two days, with the first 8 interviewed on January 7, and the remaining 8 on January 8.

Here's a quick profile of the 5 candidates who made it to the shortlist submitted to President Benigno Aquino III. Images below are lifted from the livestream provided by the Supreme Court.

ALFREDO BENJAMIN CAGUIOA

Garnered 7 votes from JBC
Department of Justice Secretary

Law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University

ANDRES REYES JR

Garnered 7 votes from JBC
Court of Appeals presiding justice

Law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University

JOSE REYES JR

Garnered 7 votes from JBC
Court of Appeals associate justice

Law degree from San Beda College

MARIA GRACIA PULIDO-TAN

Garnered 5 votes from JBC
former Commission on Audit chairperson

Law degree from the University of the Philippines

APOLINARIO BRUSELAS JR

Garnered 4 votes from JBC
Court of Appeals associate justice

Law degree from the University of the Philippines

The 1987 Constitution mandates that 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