Justice Bersamin accepts nomination for CJ post

Published July 25, 2018, 8:56 AM

by iManila Developer

By Jeffrey Damicog

Only one senior magistrate of the Supreme Court (SC) has accepted the automatic nomination for the chief justice post.

 Justice Lucas Bersamin (Wikipedia / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Lucas Bersamin (Wikipedia / MANILA BULLETIN)

“SC Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin has accepted his automatic nomination for the CJ post,” said Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra who is one of the members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

The JBC is tasked under the Constitution to screen applicants for posts in the judiciary.

Bersamin accepted his nomination before the July 26 deadline when all applicants and nominees for the chief justice post should complete and submit their requirements.

Apart from Bersamin, four other senior magistrates were automatically nominated for the vacant post.

They are Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo de Castro, and Diosdado Peralta.

However, Carpio had already voiced his desire not to accept his nomination.

Meanwhile, Guevarra said the JBC is set to meet on August 3 to discuss the nominations for chief justice post which became vacant following the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The JBC has three ex officio members, namely: Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, the ex-office chairperson, Guevarra, and Sen. Richard Gordon.

The JBC’s regular members are currently composed of retired SC Associate Justice Jose Mendoza who sits as executive committee chairperson and represents the retired SC justices; lawyer Maria Milagros Fernan-Cayosa, representing the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP); lawyer Jose Mejia who represents the academe; and lawyer Toribio Ilao Jr. who represents the private sector.