Chiz, Tupas 'jack en poy' on JBC seat, Enrile jests

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2012 01:40 AM | Updated as of Jul 25 2012 09:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Rep. Niel Tupas and Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero may have to play a game of "jack en poy," or rock-paper-scissors, to decide who between them will sit in the Judicial and Bar Council, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said Tuesday.

Enrile mentioned it in jest, saying that the Senate and the lower House leaders will discuss the issue Friday.

Senators said they are leaving to Enrile the job of resolving on how the chambers of Congress will deal with the legislators' participation in the JBC, which is currently screening candidates for the chief justice position.

The Supreme Court earlier clipped lawmakers' role in the JBC panel, with Congress being represented by just one seat instead of two in the selection of candidates for chief justice. 

In the ruling penned by Associate Justice Jose Mendoza, the justices agreed with the petitioner’s argument that there should only be “a representative of the Congress” in the JBC as provided for in Article VIII Section 8 (1) of the Constitution.

This means Congress – although bicameral – should only be entitled to one of seven votes in the JBC, and not two as had been the case since 2001. The executive branch represents only one vote. - with a report from Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News