MANILA - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Tuesday said it has opened the period for application or recommendation for another associate justice post.
The panel is accepting applications from aspirants who will take the place of Associate Justice Noel Tijam, who is set to retire on January 5, 2019.
The JBC, the body constitutionally mandated to screen and vet nominees to the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman, set the deadline for submission of required documents on Nov. 5.
The body also said it would hold a public panel interview next Thursday of 2 applicants who are vying for the associate justice post vacated by Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro when she assumed the top magistrate post in August.
Set for interview are Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz and lawyer Rita Linda Jimeno.
Aside from the two, 11 other applicants also applied for the associate justice post: Court of Appeals Associate Justices Oscar Badelles, Manuel Barrios, Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Rosmari Carandang, Stephen Cruz, Edgardo Delos Santos, Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia, Ramon Paul Hernando, and Amy Lazaro-Javier, and former Ateneo Law Dean Cesar Villanueva.
Eight of these applicants are also in the running to take the associate justice post vacated by Ombudsman Samuel Martires. Dimaampao, Garcia, Barrios, Bruselas, Carandang, Delos Santos, Hernando and Lazaro-Javier are part of the shortlist submitted to the President.
Among those in the shortlist, only Court Administrator Midas Marquez did not apply for the associate justice post vacated by De Castro.
De Castro reached the mandatory age of retirement of 70 on Monday.