Leonen, Diokno lead JBC short list for SC associate justice



The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Wednesday agreed to submit to President Aquino a list of seven nominees for a seat on the 15-member Supreme Court left vacant following the elevation of Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to the post of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Nominated were government peace negotiator Marvic Leonen, De La Salle University law dean Jose Manuel Diokno, former Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla, Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. and Court of Appeals Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr., Noel Tijam and Rosemari Carandang.

The seven nominees were among the 15 candidates who were interviewed on Oct. 23 and 25 by the eight-member JBC led by Sereno, its chair.

The list was to be submitted Wednesday afternoon to Malacañang. Mr. Aquino has until Nov. 22 to appoint the new Supreme Court associate justice.

“The consensus is that it’s a good list. We are satisfied and confident that the President will be able to make a choice out of the seven,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, ex-officio member of the JBC, told reporters after an hourlong meeting that decided the final list.

According to Rep. Niel Tupas, also a JBC member, Leonen, Lotilla, Carandang and Andres Reyes got the nod of seven JBC members; Jose Reyes and Tijam, six; and Diokno, five.

The eight applicants who did not make the short list were Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Teresita Herbosa, former University of Perpetual Help System law dean Jose-Santos B. Bisquera, Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Maria Cristina J. Cornejo, former Regional Trial Court Judge Adoracion P. Cruz-Avisado, former Ateneo law dean Cesar L. Villanueva and Court of Appeals Associate Justices Magdangal M. de Leon, Isaias P. Dicdican and Ramon Bato Jr.

At a news briefing, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda was asked if Leonen, a former University of the Philippines law dean and a member of the government panel that negotiated the framework agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), had the edge over the other nominees.

Lacierda explained that as standard operating procedure in the appointments process, the President would have to meet with the nominees who would all be on equal footing.

“That negotiation for peace with the MILF is another matter. We’re now dealing with his views, for instance, a nominee’s views on the judiciary. So that’s something that the President has not discussed with Leonen. So he will give an even-steven chance to all the nominees.”

Lacierda expressed hope that Leonen would continue to oversee the peace process.

“Certainly, we would like the panel that forged the framework agreement to be there,” he said. “But then, we also recognize that nobody’s indispensable in the government. So it’s up to the President whether he has made a decision on who is going to be the next associate justice.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LLPTRPFUTYJXKI3KJS4B2UO4LI Jim De Garman

    surely hit the AJ Marvic Leonen of the SC..congrats po sa inyo sir.

  • otoling

    PNoy, please ilagay mo ang anak ni KaPepe Diokno ang ating magiting at modern hero na tulad rin ng Ama mo; please appoint Dean Jose M Diokno.  He is truly a truly good and honest person deserve to be there.

    Mapupuri ka ng mabuti ng mga taombayan.   

  • MonMayuga

    We pray that Dean Jose Manuel Diokno, son of the pride of Batangas the late Senator Jose Wright Diokno would be chosen to fill the vacancy left by now Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

    We believe that Dean Diokno can prove himself to be a person of competence, integrity, probity and independence.

    Ka Pepe Diokno, the father of Dean Diokno and Ninoy Aquino were the most popular oppositon leaders that Marcos feared most. That was why he put his two most powerful enemies in prison where they could not him no harm.

    He was wrong. Imprisoning them only made them more loved by the people and on the contrary, made himself even more hated.

    Now Ninoy’s only son is this country’s president and Ka Pepe’s a contender for the Supreme Court. Ka Pepe was himself a former Secretary of Justice.

  • 444mangyan888

    Diokno, Lotilla and Leonen…wow…!!!
    From an ordinary citizen’s view, I hope that these 3 are in the SC.
    With them, we can have our trust in that institution again

    • otoling

      Tama ka.  Para kang hinarapan ng ulam na organic with bagoong, kalamansi talbos ng kamote.  Walang contaminations.

      • drefaura

        There’s no such thing as ORGANIC na ulam, lalo na sa Pilipinas where everything is doubtful and doubted upon.” Kung hindi nandaya ay nadaya”, quoting the ordinary citizen.

  • legislex

    Very few people know about Secretary Lotilla, but he is the kind of person I will forever admire for his competence, integrity and humility.  He holds a Master’s degree in Law from Yale University in the US.  A professor of UP Law. He previously headed NEDA and DOE.  Despite holding several Cabinet positions under GMA, he never used them for personal gain.  He is an unassuming person.  One will truly like him after knowing who he really is.  I hope that Inquirer will feature his life so that he can be emulated by other government officials just like the late Secretary Jesse Robredo.

  • eirons1043

    It will be a great act of courage if Noy appoints Diokno in the Supreme Court coz all eyes are staring at Leonen as his choice for obvious political reason. Anyway both are highly qualfied.

  • virgoyap

    Either Diokno or Leonen silang dalawa ay matino at magaling. Both of them can help in bringing back the dignity and honor of the Supreme Court.

  • kilabot

    noykapon’s selection is predictable: leonen.
    the sc is slowly being transformed from a pandak court to an abnoying court.

  • blainz

    Can’t we have Diokno, Leonen, and Lotilla?

    Hey… if del Castillo and Brion get impeached, there’s space for all three!

    • otoling

      Hayaan mo bukas kamakalawa, yan si Brion at Castillo tangal.  Buwisit sila.

  • juanhenyo

    i wish diokno will finally land it. we need leonen to finish first the job he started as peace negotiator.

  • PH2011

    M. LEONEN….

    Like CJ Sereno.
    He has proven and accomplished something FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

  • disqusted0fu

    why do you think a framework agreement all of a sudden popped out? come on, this is obvious…  appointing officials in this administration is apparently based on favors, or being a close friend, an ally or something, not based on qualifications, credentials and experience.

  • Magsasaka

    sana si diokno na lang maganda track record ng ninuno nya huwag lang sana tumulad sa apo ni recto 

  • junhernan

    I hope it’s Dean Jose Manuel Diokno. Chel, as I used to call him when he was still in grade school, would surely add to the integrity of the SC. Furthermore, the Man has no “ere” like the late Sec Robredo.

  • artdz

    Sino pa kundi si leonen.  Pipiliin ni pinoy 99.999% sure. Abangan….

  • regd

    I don’t care who PNoy will appoint. I’m concern the current SC standing is NOT BALANCE. It is still 11 gma puppets out of 14! And clueless idiots still call it as PNoy’s court! PATHETIC!

    • otoling

      Pasalamat ka na, kahit paisa-isa lang ay napapalita ang put . . .n nmga. . m yan walo.

  • Marcial72

    Dapat si Leonen kasuhan ng treason kasi pinamigay ang Mindanao ng basta basta na lang sa MILF.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WJX5I5FJL52QCZDUKDNWOTIZHQ Lateralus

    Diokno “leads?” e 5 votes lang naman sya, sana pag “lead” e yung nakakuha ng 7 votes, hehe

  • otoling

    Hello PNoy, Office of the President

    Unahin mo si Dean Jose M Diokno na ilagay sa SC, anak ito ng ating KaPepe Diokno.  Pare-pareho tayo na nagmahal sa bayan at isa ang ama ni Dean Jose, at kasama siya hanggang ngayun laban sa tiwali.  Kung mey alinglangan ka, bahala ka. Nagsabi lang ako bilang isang abang mamamayan na tumanda na sa pakiki-laban sa tiwaling gobyerno natin. 

    Hayaan mo muna si Marvic Leonen. Marvic is so needed to perform the oversight sa Bangsamoro agreement and its implementation, once signed. 

    If I may, kailangan natin ng isang regulatory oversight agency directly under the PNoy to check, see, etc. the Bangsamoro subjurisdiction of the PH government.

  • hustlergalore

    ang mga pandakekoks followers, nagwawala na. unti-unti ng nawawala ang kanilang proteksyon. LOL

    kahit ano pang sabihin nila na noynoying court yan, kitang-kita naman sa track record kung sino ang gumagawa para sa bayan. pffft!

  • Qwxyz

    kahit sino sa JBC list, si Pnoy pa rin ang mag-aappoint.

  • Taiko_Kauna

    go DIOKNO not the uneasily identified kasarian!

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