By Jeffrey Damicog
Six candidates vying for another a seat at the Supreme Court (SC) are set to be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).
SC Clerk of Court and JBC ex-officio secretary Edgar Aricheta announced that the interview has been set on Dec. 5.
There will be six candidates who will be interviewed that day including four justices from the Court of Appeals (CA) and two magistrates from the Sandiganbayan.
The two candidates from the CA are Justices Ricardo Rosario, Ramon Cruz, Eduardo Peralta Jr., and Ramon Bato Jr. while, the candidates from the Sandiganbayan are Justices Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and Efren De La Cruz.
All five applicants will be vying for an SC seat which will be vacated by Justice Noel Tijam upon his compulsory retirement on Jan. 5.
Aside from the five, there are 14 other candidates vying for the post but whose previous interviews remain valid.
They are CA Justices Manuel Barrios, Rosemari Carandang, Stephen Cruz, Edgardo delos Santos, Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia, Amy Lazaro-Javier, and Mario Lopez; Sandiganbayan Justice Alex Quiros; SC Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez; Tagum Regional Trial Court Judge Virginia Tehano-Ang; and lawyers Cesar Villanueva and Rita Linda Jimeno.
Tijam was appointed SC magistrate on March 8, 2017 and was President Rodrigo Duterte’s second appointee at the high tribunal.
Prior his appointment at the SC, Tijam served as a justice at the Court of Appeals (CA).
Tijam, Duterte’s classmate at the San Beda College of Law, graduated magna cum laude from San Beda College in 1967 with a degree in Bachelor of Arts, major in Philosophy and Political Science.
He became a lecturer at the Philippine School of Business Administration at the age of 20 while earning his Bachelor of Laws degree on full scholarship.
He graduated cum laude and class salutatorian from the San Beda College of Law in 1971 and passed the Bar examinations of the same year at the age of 22.
Tijam was also a legal consultant at the Senate, representing former senator Victor ZIga in the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, Senate economic affairs committee, Senate committee on national defense and security, Senate ways and means committee, and Senate committee on ethics and privileges.
In 1994, Tijam was appointed presiding judge of the Quezon City regional trial court (RTC) Branch 221 and served as president of the Quezon City RTC Judges Association.