By Jeffrey Damicog
Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to discuss the automatic nominations of senior magistrates of the Supreme Court (SC) as the next chief justice.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who is a member of the JBC, said they will be meeting this coming Friday to discuss the matter.
“Wala pa yung exact agenda for the July 20 JBC meeting (There is no exact agenda for the meeting) but I will surely raise the rule on automatic nomination of the 5 senior AJs (associate justices) for discussion,” Guevarra said..
The JBC, which is tasked under the Constitution to screen applicants for positions in the judiciary, formally opened on June 25 its search for the post of chief justice following the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Applicants and nominees for the post are given until July 26 to file and complete their requirements.
Five senior justices of the SC are automatically nominated for the post.
Based on seniority, these five SC justices are Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, and Lucas Bersamin.
Justices Mariano del Castillo and Estela Perlas Bernabe would be added to the list if Justices Velasco and De Castro would no longer be considered as “automatically nominated” since they are retiring on August 7 and October 8, respectively.