SC urged: Set oral arguments on Chavez plea

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 13 2012 04:22 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2012 07:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Solicitor General Frank Chavez urged the Supreme Court (SC) to set oral arguments on his petition questioning the composition of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

In a 4-page motion filed today, Chavez pointed out the need for parties to defend their respective legal arguments in open court so that they may be interpellated by the justices.

He asked the court to set the oral arguments either on July 17 or July 19.

In his petition, Chavez said the JBC, the body tasked to screen applicants and nominees for judicial posts and the post of Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsmen, should be composed of only 7 members, not 8.

He pointed out that Congress should only have one representative to the council, not two, consistent with the 1987 Constitution.

Chavez, who also asked the JBC to halt its search for the replacement of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, was nominated for the top judicial post. He did not accept his nomination, saying that doing so would only render valid the council's "invalid" actions.