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12 vie for vacant Supreme Court position

TWELVE candidates, five of them justices of the Court of Appeals (CA), are vying for the lone vacant post in the Supreme Court, which was vacated with the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno nearly a month ago.

Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) records indicate that the applications or nominations of the 12 were the only ones received by the body at the end of the deadline of the filing of application or nomination on Monday

Among those who were nominated for the post vacated by Sereno are CA Associate Justices Magdangal de Leon, Isaias Dicdican, Ramon Bato Jr. and Noel Tijam, and CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. All of them accepted their nominations.

Others who were also nominated for the post, but did not acknowledge their nominations, are Raphael Lotilla, Joseph Gerald Mabilog and Marvic Leonen.

Lotilla served as energy secretary from 2005 to 2007, during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He had also served as former socioeconomic planning undersecretary.

Mabilog, who was recommended by lawyer Dakila Dante Barcenas, is currently the presiding commissioner of the National Labor Relations Commission.

On the other hand, Leonen, former dean of University of the Philippines’s College of Law, is currently the government’s chief peace negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Leonen was recommended by human-rights lawyer Pablito Sanidad.

Another human-rights lawyer, Jose Manuel Diokno, who is now the dean of De La Salle University’s College of Law, was also recommended by Sanidad for Sereno’s former post.

All of the candidates will be screened by the JBC prior to the preparation of the short list that will be submitted to the President.

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