28 vie for SC seats to be vacated by retiring Justices Jardeleza, Carpio

Published August 17, 2019, 10:27 AM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Jeffrey Damicog 

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and 27 other candidates will be vying for two seats at the Supreme Court (SC) that will be vacated by two retiring justices.


SC Clerk of Court and Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) Ex Officio Secretary Edgar Aricheta announced that all 29 candidates will undergo public interview before the JBC on September 6, 9, 10 and 11.

Meanwhile, Aricheta said the public may submit before the JBC “a sworn complaint, report, or opposition against any of the aforesaid candidates.”

All 29 candidates are vying for the seats that will be vacated by SC Associate Justices Francis Jardeleza and Antonio Carpio who will compulsorily retire on September 26 and October 29 respectively.

Most of the candidates are from the Court of Appeals (CA), namely, Associate Justices Edgardo Lloren, Samuel Gaerlan, Edwin Sorongon, Oscar Badelles, Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Edgardo delos Santos, Eduardo Peralta Jr., Manuel Barrios, Jhosep Lopez, Pablito Perez, Elihu Ybanez, Ramon Bato Jr., Ramon Cruz, Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia, Mario Lopez, Maria Filomena Singh, and Ricardo Rosario.

Sandiganbayan Associate Justices Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Oscar Herrera Jr., Efren dela Cruz, and Alex Quiroz have also sought spots in the SC.

The other candidates are Davao City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Carlos Espero II, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Deputy Commissioner Lanee Cui-David, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Manuel Antonio Teehankee, law professor Jeremy Benigno Gatdula, former Ateneo Law School dean Cesar Villanueva.

The JBC began accepting applications for the seats back in June in anticipation of the retirements of Jardeleza and Carpio.

Carpio had been SC magistrate since October 26, 2001, while, Jardeleza was appointed on August 20, 2014.

Carpio had applied for chief justice in 2010, 2012 and 2018, but was never picked.

Prior to becoming an SC magistrate, Carpio, who graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, was appointed in 1992 as chief presidential legal counsel of then President Fidel Ramos.

On the other hand, Jardeleza, also a graduate of the UP College of Law, had been serving as solicitor general from February 2012, until he got appointed to the SC.