COA chief, Solgen vying to become SC justice

by Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at Mar 20 2014 12:37 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2014 01:14 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Maria Gracia Pulido Tan and Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza are two of those vying for a position at the Supreme Court.

Tan and Jardeleza, two government officials who have been pushed to the spotlight because of the pork scam probe, are seeking to replace the position that will be left vacant by Associate Justice Roberto Abad.

Abad will retire on May 22, upon reaching the age of 70.

In an initial list issued by the Judicial and Bar Council, the two will be vying for the spot alongside other high-caliber names in the judiciary.

The other applicants are: Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr., and Court of Appeals Associate Justices Nina Antonio Valenzuela, Apolinario Bruselas, Rosmari Carandang, Ramon Paul Hernando, Jose Reyes Jr., Noel Tijam and Stephen Cruz.

The JBC also received applications from: Sandiganbayan Associate Justices Maria Cristina Cornejo and Rafael Lagos.

Quezon City Judge Reynaldo Daway, COA Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, and La Salle College of Law Dean Jose Manuel Diokno also applied.

The JBC said: “The list is preliminary and is based on the actual receipt of applications as of March 18, 2014. Applicants who filed their applications by mail may still be added to the list if the applications were mailed within the deadline.”

President Aquino will choose from those shortlisted by the JBC.