Who's who: Candidates vying for SC justice post

MANILA, Philippines – Five nominees are vying for the position of Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Portugal Perez, who is set to retire on December 14.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), the body mandated to screen and vet applicants to the judiciary, came out with its short list of nominees on Friday, December 2.

This will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte, who will select his first SC appointee from the shortlist. (EXPLAINER: How the Judicial and Bar Council works)

Two of the 5 candidates on the short list were interviewed during the 2-day public interviews held last month. The 3 other candidates had been previously interviewed for the position.

Those on the JBC shortlist are:

Know more about the candidates vying for the position.

JOSE C. REYES JR

Born September 18, 1950 (age 66)

7 votes from the JBC

 

APOLINARIO D. BRUSELAS JR

Born May 6, 1956 (age 60)

5 votes from the JBC

 

JAPAR DIMAAMPAO

Born December 27, 1963 (age 52)

5 votes from the JBC

SAMUEL MARTIRES

Born January 2, 1949 (age 67)

5 votes from the JBC

ANDRES B. REYES JR

Born May 11, 1950 (age 66)

4 votes from the JBC

Over the next 3 years, Duterte will appoint 10 SC magistrates to replace retiring justices.

If Martires, Jose Reyes Jr, or Andres Reyes Jr are appointed to the SC, the President would be able to make additional appointments within his 6-year-term since the 3 nominees have 3 or 4 years before they reach the retirement age.

Over the past two years, the High Court has decided on major cases involving notable politicians – such as Grace Poe's citizenship, the bail plea of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, former president Gloria Arroyo's plunder case, and more recently, the planned burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the heroes' cemetery. (READ: How did SC justices vote on major political cases?) – with earlier reports from Rey Santos Jr/Rappler.com