MANILA, Philippines - The executive committee of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has come up with the draft guidelines for the live media coverage of the public interviews of nominees for Chief Justice.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News, JBC member Atty. Jose Mejia (academe) said the guidelines are intended to ensure order during the proceedings.
Mejia, along with regular JBC members retired Justice Regino Hermosisima (representing retired justices of the SC), retired Court of Appeals Justice Aurora Lagman (representing the private sector), and Atty. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa (representing the Integrated Bar of the Philippines), compose the executive committee.
"We will make it available but ang bottom line, hindi dapat ma-disrupt ang proceedings," he said.
Accrediting media men who will cover the proceedings live is also being seriously considered, as well as logistical and technical requirements.
Asked if the JBC will compel media entities to air all the public interviews just like what was stipulated by the Supreme Court (SC) for the Ampatuan massacre trial, Mejia said this may not be the case.
"The two cannot be compared kasi trial yun, ito naman interview," he said.
The draft guidelines will still be subject to the approval of the JBC en banc which will have its next session on Monday, June 25.
The other JBC members are SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Sen. Francis Escudero (chairman, Senate Justice Committee), Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. (chairman, House Justice Committee), SC Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Jr. and Teresita Leonardo De Castro (consultants), and SC Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez (consultant).