MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 1) - Justice Secretary Leila De Lima remains undecided on whether to accept her nominations for the position of Chief Justice.
Speaking to reporters, De Lima said she has yet to decide on her nomination. Today is the deadline for the acceptance of nominations and endorsements to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for the replacement of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
"I am aware, of course, that today is the deadline. I still have several hours to decide," she said.
De Lima, who served as Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) prior to her appointment at the Department of Justice (DOJ), was separately endorsed by Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), Atty. Christopher Lawrence Monato, Atty. Rogelio Limare, Avelino Cruz and Francisco Acosta, and Atty. Reynaldo Bagatsing.
De Lima has not spoken to President Aquino about her nominations. At an interview during his recent visit to London, the President was quoted to have said he would rather keep De Lima in the DOJ, for the meantime.
In previous interviews, the justice chief said she wished to speak to the President before making her decision. De Lima said she has not found the opportunity to discuss the matter with Aquino.
"I really have to decide within the day, irrespective of whether or not I'm able to talk to the President. Within today, I have to make the decision…not this morning... I really need several hours," she said.
Some 26 individuals have been nominated, so far, for Chief Justice, including the 5 most senior justices of the high tribunal and 3 other sitting justices.