Supreme Court seeks comments on appeals pertaining to Chief Justice ruling
Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) sought comments yesterday on appeals of its ruling exempting SC positions from the constitutional ban on midnight appointments, allowing President Arroyo to name the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who will retire on May 17.
Jose Midas Marquez, court administrator and SC spokesman, said the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will interview six aspirants for chief justice on April 19 and 20 in Baguio City on their plans for the tribunal.
At the House of Representatives, Quezon City Rep. Matias Defensor, a JBC member, said the names of Justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales, who had said they would not accept an appointment by Mrs. Arroyo, should be in the JBC’s list of nominees to be submitted to Malacañang.
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JBC likely to come up with list of nominees on April 26
BAGUIO CITY – The Judicial and Bar Council is likely to submit to President Arroyo on April 26 its shortlist of nominees for the position of chief justice, Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said Tuesday.
This developed as the Supreme Court issued an en banc resolution ordering the JBC and the Office of the Solicitor General to submit within a non-extendible period of five days their respective comments on motions for reconsideration filed by various parties seeking a reversal of the tribunal’s March 17 decision.
In that decision, the high court declared that President Arroyo has the authority to appoint the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who is retiring on May 17, even while the constitutional ban on midnight appointments is in effect.