MANILA, Philippines - Lawyer and former TV host Katrina Legarda has been nominated for the post of Chief Justice, along with Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza and former Ateneo Law School Dean Cesar Villanueva.
Their names were submitted to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) as it opened the application period for the chief justice post. More nominees and applicants are expected until June 18 when the period closes.
The nominations are not yet binding since the 3 have to first sign an agreement that they will undergo JBC proceedings.
Legarda specializes in family law. She used to appear regularly on ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda, where she gave legal advice.
She was also a columnist of several news organizations, including this website.
Villanueva had been nominated several times for a position in the Supreme Court.
Meantime, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she is leaving it up to President Aquino whether she should be included as a candidate for the top post in the judiciary.
She said it is up to Aquino to decide where she is most needed.
Aquino earlier said both De Lima and Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares have what it takes to be chief justice, but he would have to weigh the pros and cons of losing them from his administration.
Last Monday, De Lima inhibited from the proceedings of the JBC proceedings, where she is a member being the justice secretary.
She said she would not apply for the job, but would rethink her options if nominated. – with a report from Alexius Calda, dzMM