MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has scheduled the public interviews of the 12 candidates for the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (SC).
The position was vacated by Hon. Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was appointed Chief Justice on August 24, 2012.
The public interviews of the candidates, which will be on October 23 and 25, are pursuant to Section 1, Rule 7 of the Rules of the JBC.
Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Ramon M. Bato, Jr., former University of Perpetual Help System Law Dean Jose-Santos B. Bisquera, CA Associate Justice Rosemari D. Carandang, and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Maria Cristina J. Cornejo are set to be interviewed on October 23.
Former Regional Trial Court Judge Adoracion P. Cruz-Avisado, CA Associate Justice Magdangal M. De Leon, CA Associate Justice Isaias P. Dicdican, former University of the Philippines Law Dean Marvic M. Leonen, former Department of Energy Secretary Raphael Perpetuo M. Lotilla, CA Presiding Justice Andres B. Reyes, Jr., CA Associate Justice Jose C. Reyes, Jr., and CA Associate Justice Noel G. Tijam will be interviewed on October 25.
The other three candidates, De La Salle University Law Dean Jose Manuel I. Diokno, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Teresita J. Herbosa, and former Ateneo Law Dean Cesar L. Villanueva, were interviewed in July 2012 when they were vying for the position of Chief Justice.
After the public interviews, the JBC is tasked to vote on the shortlist and prepare the list of nominees to be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III.