MANILA, Philippines - Former Solicitor General Frank Chavez has been nominated to replace Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Manuel Baviera, who identified himself as a founding member of the Whistleblowers Association, nominated Chavez for the consideration of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), the body tasked by the Constitution to screen applicants and nominees for posts in the Judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman.
This brings to 12, so far, the list of nominees and applicants for the Chief Justice post. The deadline for submission of endorsements and applications is on Monday, June 18.
Yesterday, former University of the Philippines (UP) Law Dean Raul Pangalangan and Atty. Katrina Legarda formally accepted their nominations.
The two sent their conformes to the nominations of Danilo Concepcion and Florin Hilbay, for Pangalangan, and Prof. Myrna Feliciano, et al., for Legarda.
The other nominees include:
- Justice Sec. Leila de Lima,
- Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza,
- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares,
- former Ateneo de Manila Law Dean Cesar Villanueva,
- retired Judge Manuel Siayngco, Jr.,
- Laguna Asst. State Prosecutor Cesar Sasondoncillo,
- Prof. Rafael Morales, and,
- Atty. Nepomuceno Aparis.
The lone applicant is a nurse named Jocelyn Esquivel.