at late reaction kay Legarda...balls on saying non impeachable offense ang kay Corona...parang saying something that is going against sa maghihire sa iyo(Noynoy)
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SC Associate Justice Roberto Abad
SC Associate Justice Arturo Brion
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio
Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza
SC Associate Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno
SC Associate Justice Teresita Leonard-De Castro
Former Dean (Ateneo Law School) Cesar Villanueva
Congressman Ronaldo Zamora
at late reaction kay Legarda...balls on saying non impeachable offense ang kay Corona...parang saying something that is going against sa maghihire sa iyo(Noynoy)
The disqualification reduced the number of aspirants from 22 to 20.
By Tetch Torres
2:23 pm | Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
MANILA, Philippines—The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Wednesday announced that it has disqualified two candidates for the Chief Justice post for failure to comply with documentary requirements.
Disqualified were private lawyer Vicente R. Velasquez and former Immigration Commissioner, now Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez.
They were supposed to be interviewed by the JBC on July 26 and 27, respectively.
The Supreme Court has upheld the power of the President to appoint the Chief Justice in Extended Res., GR No. 202143, Dulay v. JBC, July 3, 2012
The Supreme Court dismissed a petition (filed by Atty. Paguia) questioning the authority of the President to make such appointment for lack of merit.
Atty. Paguia was clearly wrong.
Source: http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pio/news/...7/07051201.phpCiting the Famela Dulay vs. JBC case, the court upheld the JBC selection process for the Chief Justice and the power of the President’s power to appoint one.
The SC said the Constitution provides that “members of the Supreme Court and the judges of lower courts shall be appointed by the President from a list of at least three nominees prepared by the Judicial and Bar Council for every vacancy.”
In that case, the high court upheld the JBC’s actions in the selection process for the Chief Justice as well as the President’s power to appoint one.
They all have great vision and how to achieve it.
However, I'm now inclined to say they lack the "judicial experience" incumbent for the next Chief Justice.
I'm hoping they will be appointed as an Associate Justice in the near future.
I appreciate Legarda's candour although I don't agree with her.
What would happen to our standard of the highest magistrate if he did not disclose his SALN in full?
I thought Associate Justice Abad's interview was moving. He was honest enough to say he prefer an insider to lead the Supreme Court.
You can really tell that the incumbent SC Justices have the upper hand. Abad was full of wisdom in answering the questions especially the reforms that he started to initiate.
Some notable excerpts from his interview:
We have a wounded court … after the impeachment trial,"
"We have a problem. We were taken aback [by the impeachment]…it discouraged most of us."
Abad stressed however that he did not think the Corona impeachment trial violated the principle of separation of powers. But he said he did not agree to the rushed filing of the impeachment complaint against Corona.
Abad said he preferred an "insider" to become chief justice because "they're tested, their performance is on record."
"If the President appoints an untested outsider who will serve 18 to 20 years, [this would entail] a lot of risk. If later on he turns out to be mediocre, a show-off, lazy, ineffective, then he has to commit an impeachable offense [for him to be removed.] You would have bound the country for 20 years."
Abad, the most senior in the High Court in terms of age, will be retiring in two years when he reaches the mandatory age of 70. He was appointed to the Court by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2009.
Abad has disposed 77.28% or 1,524 out of the 1972 cases raffled off to him.
He has a monthly disposal rate of 44 cases. He has a current caseload of 508 cases as of June 30, 2012
Abad chaired the bar exam committee in 2011. It was under his term that the bar exam was revised - 60 percent covered multiple choice questions.
As chairman of the subcommittee on the revision of rules on civil procedure, Abad also proposed the conduct of preliminary conference and "one time face-to-face hearing," to expedite the resolution of cases.
Abad finished law at the Ateneo de Manila University and completed his undergraduate studies in the Manuel L. Quezon University.
He taught at the UST College of law and was an assistant solicitor general in 1985.
My main concern is the demoralisation from the ranks of Justices, should the President appoint an outsider.
I agree, there's no provision in our Constitution that the most Senior Justice should be the next Chief Justice. But how can an outsider unify the Supreme Court if he has yet to demonstrate competence with such complicated heavy caseloads?
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CJ nominees down to 20 as JBC disqualifies 2 candidates
MARKE MERUEÑAS, GMA News July 25, 2012 3:18pm
The number of nominees aspiring to become the next chief justice was trimmed down to 20 on Wednesday, after the Judicial and Bar Council disqualified two candidates.
The JBC disqualified Vicente Velasquez and former Immigration Commissioner and incumbent Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, the Supreme Court Public Information Office said in a statement.
"The JBC has disqualified the two candidates for failure to comply with the documentary requirements, in their application for the position of Chief Justice," the SC-PIO said.
Velasquez was scheduled to be interviewed at 10 a.m. of Thursday, while Rodriquez was set to face the JBC 10 a.m. the following day, Friday.
The usual documentary requirements include:
- clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation, Ombudsman, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, police from place of residence, Office of the Bar Confidante and employer;
- transcript of school records;
- certificate of admission to the Bar (with Bar rating);
- Income Tax Return for the past two years;
- proofs of age and Filipino citizenship;
-certificate of good standing or latest official receipt from the IBP;
- certificate of compliance with, or exemption from, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education;
- results of medical examination; and
- sworn medical certificate with impressions on such results, both conducted/issued within two months prior to the filing of the application.
But due to the impeachment trial of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona, the JBC decided to add two more requirements: all their previous Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth; as well as a waiver "in favor of the JBC of the confidentiality of local and foreign currency accounts under the Bank Secrecy Law and Foreign Currency Deposits Act."
JBC regular member for the academe Jose Mejia earlier told GMA News Online that all the 22 candidates were able to submit their bank waivers.
However, as far as the SALNs are concerned, Mejia admitted some have yet to comply, adding that some candidates claimed to have had "difficulty" in preparing the document. He did not identify those candidates.
The disqualification of the two candidates came on the second day of the four-day public interviews by the JBC of the chief justice aspirants.
Prior to the public interviews, the original 22 candidates first underwent a psychological exam to their fitness for the chief justice post. — LBG, GMA News
Si Sarmiento ba ang unang kandidato na purong filipino ang gamit sa interview???
baka i reject ni abnoy ang list pag wala duon ang manok niya ...
Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story...al-appointmentArroyo returned the list when Puno was Chief Justice and ex officio chairman of the JBC because she reportedly disliked the nominees. Puno returned the same list to her.
In one instance years earlier, Arroyo also tried to send back the list to the council, then chaired by Davide. The President was said to be looking for the name of Constitutional Commission delegate Adolfo Azcuna for nomination to the High Tribuna. Azcuna had been endorsed by, among others, former President Corazon Aquino. Davide rejected the Palace's request. Azcuna was subsequently nominated by the JBC and appointed Supreme Court associate justice.
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By Tetch Torres
8:10 pm | Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
MANILA, Philippines—Clogged court dockets and low compensation of judges and court employees are the problems candidates for Chief Justice see as among the reasons for the slow dispensation of justice.
On day two of live media interview Wednesday, two Associate Justices of the Supreme Court – Associate Justices Arturo Brion and Roberto Abad – were quizzed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).
“All cases should be heard in one sitting, on a face to face hearing with judgment rendered at the end of the day,”
“We will forgive the legislature and you will also forgive us
He said, the impeachment has forced members of the court to examine their conscience.
Morales said his two priorities if ever appointed would be filling up vacancies and work for the upward adjustment of salaries of judges and court employees. He said he will also push for an increase in the judiciary’s budget.
“The institution needs to consolidate itself internally,”
If appointed, Pangalangan said he would push for reforms that would boost staff morale and benefits.
“In the Judiciary, we have problems, I am not denying that,”
“It can be that financial resources available to the Judiciary are not trickling down to the lower courts. That I have to find out,”
“Law is the glue, the Constitution is the glue that binds this nation…the court is the guardian,”
Brion added that they also need to work with all branches of government to rid of corruption which he characterized as a societal problem.
“Every person has good qualities. By restoring his dignity, the person will be a productive member of society,”
He said a person convicted of a crime should be “rehabilitated.”
“We should encourage them to aspire for a higher position,”
He opted for an early retirement at age 62 saying he got tired of dreaming of a promotion.
Siayngco, said there is not enough rewards system for judges and court employees.
one of the sharpest of the candidates is ronnie zamora. people think of him as a politician only and don't know about the guy's ace credentials as a lawyer. valedictorian of the UP College of Law class of 1969 and the only magna cum laude in a batch that included miriam santiago and franklin drilon.
he was also number 1 in the 1969 bar exam.
CJ hopeful: Corona trial inspired 'outsiders' like me to try out for the job
MARK MERUEÑAS, GMA News July 25, 2012 8:09pm
Former University of the Philippines dean Raul Pangalangan on Wednesday credited the impeachment and eventual ouster of former Chief Justice Renato Corona for the crop of so-called Supreme Court "outsiders" like him vying to become the next top judge.
During his public interview before the Judicial and Bar Council, Pangalangan claimed that the four-month Senate impeachment trial encouraged non-justices like him to try and secure the post vacated by Corona last May 29.
"[Before,] no outsider [would have had] the nerve to accept nomination for CJ. But because of the impeachment trial, here we are," Pangalangan said. "Had it not been for the impeachment trial, no outsider [would] be sitting before the JBC."
Of the 20 candidates for the position, six are current Supreme Court magistrates, and the rest are the so-called "ousiders".
As chief justice, Pangalangan said he would "bring his colleagues toward core agreements on key issues and to speak with a clear voice on constitutional norms." He said that his top three priorities would be the consolidation of the institution, implementation of administrative reforms, and addressing staff morale and benefits.
He added that though the Supreme Court is considered apolitical, it is still plagued by a "distinct source of political pressure."
Pangalangan said that having a Supreme Court spokesman -- a post currently held by attorney Gleo Guerra -- was proof that the high court was not immune from political pressures.
"Inherited wisdom says SC speaks only through its decisions. We have to strengthen the SC so it can stand firm versus political pressure," he said.
Pangalangan brought up his time at the University of the Philippines when talking about labor issues.
"As administrator in UP, I always pushed [for] improving the quality of life of employees," he said.
Pangalangan was general counsel and secretary of the UP Board of Regents from 1990 to 1992. He served as Dean of the College of Law from 1999 to 2005.
When asked about the worst criticism leveled at him, Pangalangan said it was the opposition to his deanship at UP Law. "I was a dean loved by no one except his wife," he said.
A comprehensive profile of Pangalangan and the other 19 candidates for the chief justice post can be accessed through GMA News Online's interactive package. - BM, GMA News
Comelec’s Sarmiento: Judiciary needs a change agent like me
MARK MERUEÑAS, GMA News July 25, 2012 9:24pm
Commission on Elections commissioner Rene Sarmiento on Wednesday said he was the "agent of change" that the judiciary needs now.
In his interview by the Judicial and Bar Council, Sarmiento delivered an opening statement that centered on his plan to uphold social justice and human rights.
"Sa tingin ko, ako ay akma kapag pinag-uusapan natin ang pagbabago," Sarmiento told members of the JBC, which screens and vets nominees for vacant judicial posts.
The Comelec official vowed to create a special human rights court in response to the backlog of cases in the judiciary.
Sarmiento noted he envisions a judiciary that has "ethics, morality, loyalty to the rule of law, and an advocate of the common good.
"A chief justice is not only a visionary but also a leader," added Sarmiento who became a Comelec commissioner in 2006.
Sarmiento said he was open to amending the 1987 Constitution, including changes in its economic provisions, through a constituent assembly.
"In this era of globalization, dapat buksan," Sarmiento said when asked if he would support moves to allow the sale of lands to foreigners.
He is open to modifying mining laws "to bring investments provided [the industry is] properly regulated."
Sarmiento supports the move to revive measures against political dynasties in the Philippines.
The Comelec official is among two of the 20 aspirants to chief justice post, whose candidacy hangs in the balance because of pending criminal or administrative charges.
Commissioner Sarmiento’s case before the Office of the Ombudsman was an offshoot of the 2010 automated national elections. Maria Cristina Agustin and Nelson Selis of the Philippine Computer Society alleged the commissioner was involved in an anomalous transaction involving the sale of computers to the commission.
The JBC had said that Sarmiento and De Lima – the other official with a pending case against her in court – would be automatically disqualified if their respective cases remain unresolved when council takes a vote on July 30.
According to JBC rules, a person cannot vie for a judiciary position and in the Office of the Ombudsman if he or she:
has a pending criminal or regular administrative cases
has a pending criminal cases in foreign courts or tribunals
or has been convicted in any criminal case or administrative case in which the penalty is at least more than P10,000 in fines.
The exemption to the rule is if the person has received judicial clemency. — VS, GMA News
so far kay Diokno and Abad palang napapanood ko...
and Im quite impress sa dalawa.
In terms of experience and being an insider I'll go for Abad..meron nasiyang mga nasimulan at tatapusing mga proposal/project kaya for 1 and half year at leat may matatapos..unlike sa outsider...mangangapa payan!
Former seminarian Siayngco said next CJ should be compassionate
By PATRICIA DENISE M. CHIU, GMA News July 26, 2012 11:54am
Former Regional Trial Court Judge Manuel Siayngco Jr. said Wednesday that the next chief justice should have compassion for the people.
He added the chief magistrate “should also have a heart that bleeds with the miseries of our people and rejoices with their victories in their struggles for justice.”
The 62-year-old retired RTC judge of Malolos, Bulacan was the last to be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council on Wednesday for the chief justice post.
He pointed to his 11 years in the seminary as an advantage.
“My background, my spiritual foundation, having been a judge of the lower court gives me a certain viewpoint of having a heart,” he told the JBC.
In the 15 minutes that he was grilled by the JBC panel—the shortest among the 12 nominees interviewed so far—Siayngco said that he retired early because he "stopped dreaming of promotion" and felt he had done enough in the RTC.
However he added that Corona’s impeachment gave him renewed hopes of advancing in the judiciary.
“After the impeachment and people's high expectations, I'm dreaming again,” he said.
One aspect he said he wanted to fight for is raising the morale of prospective applicants to various positions in the judiciary.
“It is somewhat unfair. There is not enough system of rewards and merit system that would encourage lower court judges to aspire for a higher position,” he said.
Siayngco also reiterated that he was honored to be considered for the post.
“The fact that I'm here out of 70 in the long list, it's an honor for me to be included to the 20 candidates,” he said.
The JBC will finish on Friday its interviews with nominees to the chief justice post. –KG, GMA News
Justice Antonio Carpio denies involvement in Corona ouster
By PATRICIA DENISE CHIU, GMA News July 26, 2012 2:18pm
Acting Chief Justice and CJ nominee Antonio Carpio reassured the Judicial and Bar Council Thursday that he respects the Constitution and that he did not conspire to oust former chief justice Renato Corona.
“I was accused as one of those who schemed with President Aquino and Secretary Roxas but I never talked to those people,” Carpio said. “In fact they are saying I will never be appointed because I am not close to the President.”
“So hindi po totoong nag-scheme kayo,” JBC panelist and Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. asked.
“You will know that, as I never talked to you,” Carpio answered to the applause of the audience.
Carpio explained that he kept his silence during the impeachment because he did not want to inhibit himself in the cases involving ousted Corona's impeachment.
He also avowed his independence. “If I wanted to be CJ, then I would’ve voted for Chacha,” he said.
“If I misdeclared my SALN to that extent, I will resign,” he also said.
Corona has indirectly accused Carpio of conspiring to take over the top SC post.
Answering questions on whether the court was damaged by the impeachment, Carpio said, “You have impeached the Chief Justice—his person, and not the court.”
There is no guilt by association, he reiterated.
Will respect Aquino’s decision
Carpio told the panel that while he would respect the decision of President Benigno Aquino III should he appoint an outsider, he believed that such a choice would demoralize the judiciary.
According to Carpio, the number one problem of the courts is clogged dockets. “We have instituted mediation and judicial dispute resolution. In pre-trial, we can still increase the resolution of cases,” he said.
He also suggested additional training of mediators and judges.
As acting CJ and associate justice, he said he has implemented a few things with some measure of success. “We have also experimented with trial procedures where in lieu of direct testimony, you have affidavits,” he said.
'The law in its purest form'
Carpio also said that despite the impeachment, he finds the law beautiful. “I find the law in SC the best law that I can find. Here, you apply the law in its purest form,” he said.
If appointed, Carpio said he will continue to remain impartial to everybody. “I have inhibited in all cases of my former law office,” he said. “I have been inhibiting until now, and will do so until I retire,” he added.
He also said that he voted for the dismissal of a fraternity brother from the Court of Appeals. “I have never lobbied with any of the justices for anybody. You can ask them. I don't even visit them in their chambers,” he said. –KG/HS, GMA News
sa hinaba't haba ng prusisyon si AJ Antonio Carpio din ang maa-appoint na bagong CJ. then another vacancy ulit at maga-appoint naman ng iiwang pwesto ni Carpio. baka isa kina Diokno, Legarda, Pangalanan, Villanueva ang ma-appoint.
Justice Peralta would always ask if they have demonstrated an actual judicial experience and administrative skills comparable to how SC operates.
This is the greatest challenge for all outsiders, especially Carpio revealed it took him at least 3 years to unclog his dockets and to be confident enough to deliberate with other seasoned Associate Justices.
Justices in the Supreme Court would handle a minimum of 60 cases per year requiring full blown ponencias.
Having watched Justice Carpio's interview live from the Supreme Court today, he exceeded everyone's expectation.
He addressed all the questions in a no non sense manner. His answers were on point, detailed and concise.
How could other candidate match his demonstrated competence and independence spanning 11 years?
I believe Justice Antonio "Tony" Carpio is the most qualified to be the next Chief Justice of the Philippines.
He however maintained it's the sole prerogative of the President to appoint from an outsider or incumbent Justices of the SC.
If it indeed takes at least three years for an Associate Justice to learn the ropes, what more for the CJ post?