25 out of 71 join race for SC chiefBy Tetch Torres
MANILA, Philippines—A total of 25 out of 71 nominees for the Chief Justice post have accepted their nomination, according to the Supreme Court list late Monday afternoon.
Monday is the deadline for the submission of applications and nominations for the vacant top SC position.
Aside from acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, the others who accepted their nominations are:
1. SC Associate Justice Arturo Brion
2. SC Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro
3. SC Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco
4. SC Associate Justice Roberto Abad
5. SC Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
6. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima
7. Professor Soledad Cagampang De Castro
8. Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno
9. Atty. Katrina Legarda
10. Atty. Rafael Morales
11. Dean Raul Pangalangan
12. Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento
13. Retired Judge Manuel DJ. Siayngco Jr.
14. Dean Cesar Villanueva
15. Ex-San Juan Representative Ronaldo Zamora
16. Ferdinand Jose David Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Pijao Sr.
17 Atty. Vicente Velasquez
18. Dean Amado Valdez
19. Cagayan De Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez
20. Manila RTC Judge Amelia Tria-Infante
21. Atty. Vincent Veloso
22. Presidential Commission on Good Government Andres Bautista
23. Securities and Exchange Commission Teresita Herbosa
24. Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza
While those who declined the nomination are the following:
1. SC Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta
2. SC Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo
3. SC Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes
4. SC Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe
5. SC Associate Justice Jose Perez
6. SC Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin
7. Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez
8. Constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas
9. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago
10. Senator Franklin Drilon
11. Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Francisco Villaruz
12. Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes
13. Cebu based Court of Appeals Associate Justice Gabriel Ingles
14. Appeals Court Justice Magdangal De Leon
15. Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa
16. Former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr.
17. Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Jacinto-Henares
18. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz
19. Government Peace Panel Chief Negotiator Marvic Leonen
20. Public Attorney’s Chief Persida Rueda Acosta
21. Former Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla
22. Dean Rodolfo Robles
23. Prosecutor Marianito Sasondoncillo
24. Integrated Bar of the Philippines President Roan Libarios
25. Former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo
26. Veteran Journalist Teodoro Locsin Jr.
27. Former Senator Rene Saguisag.
28. Former Solicitor General Francisco Chavez
Two have been disqualified, an applicant for being a non-lawyer and a nominee for being overage.
Monday is the deadline for the submission of nomination for the Chief Justice post. The JBC will start screening applicants on July 3.
The JBC said the deadline for the submission of other documentary requirements for the Chief Justice post is up to July 17.