4 in JBC shortlist for Deputy Ombudsman

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2012 03:45 PM | Updated as of Apr 21 2012 02:51 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) headed by Chief Justice Renato Corona has shortlisted 4 names for the position of Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon.

The list will be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III who shall choose the new Deputy Ombudsman, replacing Francis Jardeleza who was recently appointed Solicitor General.

After the JBC en banc deliberations last Friday, Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Commissioner Gerard Mosquera notched the highest number of votes with 7 members voting for him.

Mosquera was once shortlisted for the position of Ombudsman, but lost to present Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

He took his Law degree at the Ateneo College of Law and belongs to the Utopia Fraternity. He worked at the anti-graft body during the stint of Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo.

Coming in second with 6 votes is Ombudsman Graft Investigator Roque Dator who is currently assigned at the Ombudsman Field Investigation Office. He is an alumna of the University of Santo Tomas College of Law. He was shortlisted for the same position twice.

The Commission on Elections' (Comelec) former Law Director Ferdinand Rafanan notched 5 votes. He is a known fiscalizer in the Comelec due to his anti-graft campaign and will now be eyeing the Office of the Ombudsman Deputy post. He is an alumna of the University of the Philippines College of Law.

Tied with Rafanan with 5 votes is Arthur Melchor Carandang. He is currently a consultant of Morales and has worked before with Marcelo during the latter's stint as Ombudsman.

The position of Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon has a term of seven years under the 1987 Constitution.

Currently, the JBC is composed of eight members which include Corona, as Chairman, along with members Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Senator Francis Escudero, Iloilo Rep. and Justice Committee Chairman Niel Tupas Jr.,Atty. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Atty. Jose Mejia from the Academe, retired SC Justice Regino Hermosisima, and representing the private sector, retired Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Aurora Lagman.