By Jeffrey Damicog
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has begun accepting applications for the Supreme Court (SC) post vacated by newly appointed Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.
Unlike before, SC Clerk of Court and JBC Ex Officio Secretary Edgar Aricheta informed interested applicants that they will have to select a date and time not later than 4:30 p.m. of November 25 in the submission of their letter of intent and two sets of documentary requirements.
“Incomplete applications and/ or out-of-date documentary requirements and those submitted beyond the deadline shall not be given due course,” Aricheta reminded in the announcement posted at the JBC website dated October 25.
Aricheta also advised incumbent magistrates and those who applied for a seat at the SC before “to verify from the JBC not later than a week before their selected schedule whether the documents they earlier submitted are still compliant with the current requirements.”
“Further, applicants who have been found to have made false statements, misrepresentations, or concealments of any material information as provided for under the Revised JBC Rules shall be considered disqualified from being nominated by the Council.” the JBC official also warned.
Aricheta said applicants will receive a computer-generated letter of intent in their e-mail after filling-up the online application scheduler at the JBC website www.jbc.judiciary.gov.ph.
He reminded applicants to fill-up the online application scheduler within 10 days from the publication of the announcement of the open position.
The documentary requirements being sought from applicants include application letter or recommendation letter; authorization letter; personal data sheet; transcript of law school records; birth certificate; certificate of Admission to the Bar; certificate of payment of membership dues to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP); certificate of employment; service record; certificate of assumption or oath of office; certificate of compliance or exemption from the Mandatory Contrinuing Legal Education Program; sworn statements of assets, liabilities and networth (SALN); bank certifications; accomplished Individual Performance Commitment and Review (IPCR); samples of written dcisions, resolutions or pleadings; medical examination records not later than May 25, 2019; clearances issued not later than May 25, 2019;
Peralta, who took his oath of office before President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (Oct. 24), replaced retired Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin who retired on October 18 on his 70th birthday.
He bested two other SC magistrates in the shortlist of chief justice magistrates, namely, Justices Andres Reyes Jr. And Estela Perlas-Bernabe.
Peralta, who was born in Laoag City, Ilocos Sur, will be be staying as chief justice until his retirement on March 27, 2002.
A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Civil Law in 1979, Peralta has been a magistrate of the SC since being named as justice on January 13, 2009 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.