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How tempting! 28 vying for SC seats to be vacated by Carpio, Jardeleza

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Twenty-nine candidates will be contending for two Supreme Court (SC) seats which will soon be vacated by Justices Antonio Carpio and Francis Jardeleza.

With this, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in its announcement called on the public to file “a sworn complaint, report, or opposition against any of the aforesaid candidates.”

To further trim down the number, the JBC said it will also conduct a public interview of the candidates this September 6, 9, 10 and 11.

Those selected by the JBC will be placed in its shortlist which will be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte who will make his pick.

There are 18 Court of Appeals (CA) candidates seeking a place at the SC, 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 applied for the SC.

The rest of the candidates are Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, 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, and lawyers Jeremy Benigno Gatdula and Cesar Villanueva.

Carpio, who has been SC justice since 2001, is set to retire this October 26.

Prior his appointment to the SC, he also served as chief presidential legal counsel of former President Fidel Ramos.

While, Jardeleza, who has been SC magistrate since 2014, will retire on September 26.

Jardeleza had been solicitor general prior becoming SC magistrate.

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