Chiz: Next CJ could come from lower courts

Posted at Jun 20 2012 02:44 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2012 10:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Francis Escudero on Wednesday said seniority should not prevent qualified judges from applying for the Chief Justice position even if they are not yet members of the Supreme Court.

In the interview, Escudero said judges from lower courts usually apply for the position of Supreme Court magistrate but never for the position of Chief Justice.

He said it is usually incumbent SC magistrates who apply for the position of Chief Justice because the lower court judges do not want to be seen as getting ahead of their superiors.

“Ang nag-apply lang for Chief Justice within the organization puro incumbent magistrates lang kasi tatalunan nga naman nila yung mga bossing nila sa Supreme Court. But to me, that is not sacred,” he said.

"Why inhibit himself? Why think he is being arrogant or stepping on the shoes of his bosses in the SC? It should not be a disqualification whether he is a Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals or Court of Appeals justice? If the material is there, there is no distortion. No wage distortion or organizational distortion,” he added.

ANC Dateline Philippines, June 20, 2012