LIST: Who are applicants for Supreme Court Chief Justice?

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Five individuals are vying to become the new Supreme Court Chief Justice.

The High Court's Public Information Office on Thursday, July 26, tweeted that the applicants include 4 SC Associate Justices and one Regional Trial Court judge. The period for nominations and applications ended today.

One from this list will fill in the position vacated by ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Below is the list and background of each applicant ranked according to seniority or based on their appointment to the High Court.

File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler
File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler
Photo from the Supreme Court
File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

with reports from Lian Buan/

Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this story, we reported that SC Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro was appointed Court of Appeals associate justice in 1997. She rejoined the Judiciary as Sandiganbayan associate justice that year. We regret the error and have made the necessary correction.

Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.