MANILA, Philippines - Ferdinand Marcos has been nominated for the position of Supreme Court Chief Justice, according to the Judicial and Bar Council.
No, not the former dictator, but a namesake who appears to have also tried running for President in the 2010 elections.
Based on JBC's list as of Thursday afternoon, the latest nominee for the vacancy left behind by ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona is a certain Ferdinand Jose David Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Pijao Sr.
He was nominated by Maria Dulce Marcos Pijao.
Marcos, or Pijao to be precise, seems to be the namesake of a Ferdinand Jose David Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr., who was on the list of candidates for the 2010 presidential elections whose certificates of canvass were cancelled by the Commission on Elections.
He appeared to be a "nuisance candidate" in the 2010 elections.
The Comelec resolution, however, did not discuss one by one the merits of the disqualification.
As of posting only around 15 people have accepted their nomination for Chief Justice.
In a text message, acting Supreme Court public information officer Atty. Maria Victoria Gleoresty Guerra said the JBC decided not to release to the public the official lists of nominees who have not yet either confirmed or accepted their nominations and those who have declined.
Latest reports indicate that another Supreme Court magistrate and a former senator have declined their nomination for Chief Justice.
Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo and former Sen. Rene Saguisag informed the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) they are declining their respective endorsements by Arturo M. De Castro and Emmanuel Tomagos.
Other nominees who declined include SC Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe, former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., former Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla, Dean Rodolfo Robles, Prosecutor Marianito Sasondoncillo, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) President Roan Libarios, and three other nominees-- two magistrates and a lower court judge-- who declined and requested the JBC not to divulge their names to the public. - with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News