Application, nominations for SC justice now open

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2018 01:00 PM

MANILA - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the period of applications and nominations for the second Supreme Court Associate Justice post vacancy in light of the appointment of Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro as Chief Justice. 

The JBC set on October 1 the deadline for applications and nominations, along with the documentary requirements. 

Nominated candidates must formally accept the nomination prior to the deadline to be considered an applicant. 

“All incomplete applications and/or out-of-date documentary requirements and those submitted beyond the deadline shall not be given due course,” a JBC bulletin stated. 

The JBC said it will not advise applicants of any incomplete or out-of-date documents. Those sending their applications and documents through courier should make sure their submissions are complete and updated. 

Among the documentary requirements are the applicants’ duly sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) for the last 10 years, for those in government service. Those in government service for less than 10 years must submit their SALNs for the years they have worked in government.

Those from the private sector also need to submit a duly sworn SALN as of December 31, 2017.

De Castro's predecessor, ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, was removed through a quo warranto petition that accused her of failing to file consistently her SALN during her 2-decade teaching stint at the University of the Philippines College of Law. 

Sereno, whose ouster was made final last June, was also found to have failed to submit the required 10 SALNs when she applied for chief justice in July 2012. 

The rationale for the minimum 10-year SALN submission is that the law requires government repositories to keep the hard copies of the SALNs only for a decade.

Under the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials, any SALN shall be available to the public for 10 years after receipt of the statement. 

"After such period, the statement may be destroyed unless needed in an ongoing investigation," the law adds. 

De Castro submitted 20 SALNs upon her application for chief justice.