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Ayaw sa sakit ng ulo? JBC receives zero applications for Chief Justice

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The Judicial and Bar Council has yet to receive nominations and applications for Chief Justice, nearly a month since the post became vacant after the Supreme Court upheld the ouster of top magistrate Maria Lourdes Sereno.

JBC member Jose Mejia confirmed there was no one interested to become Chief Justice as none of the five most senior justices– acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin– have accepted their automatic nominations.

Mejia explained that while the nominations of the five most senior justices for the chief justice post are automatic, they have to formally accept it to be considered as an applicant.

The JBC opened the application and nomination for chief justice on June 25. It will end the screening process on July 25.

The 1987 Constitution requires the President to appoint a new chief justice within 90 days after the post was declared vacant.

This means a new chief justice will have to be chosen by September 16.

Sereno was ousted by the Supreme Court in May for failing to submit all of her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth when she applied for the post of chief justice.