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JBC starts deliberations on new Chief Justice aspirants

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra met with fellow members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to determine who will be in the shortlist for the Supreme Court (SC) post left open by Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro.

“Will meet today to do its first deliberation on the nominees/applicants for the position vacated by Justice De Castro as associate justice of the SC,” said the JBC’s Ex Offico vice chairman on Monday (Oct. 8).

The JBC has already ended accepting applications last Oct. 1 for the vacant SC seat.

The seat was vacated after De Castro took over as chief justice on August 28 when she took her oath as the first lady chief magistrate.

President Rodrigo Duterte picked her to the post last August 25 after the SC affirmed on June 19 its decision to grant the quo warranto petition against ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The quo warranto sought to invalidate Sereno’s 2012 appointment as chief justice for having failed to comply with the requirements set by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) when she applied for the post.

This meant Sereno never became chief justice since her appointment was invalid from the beginning and has been only de facto chief justice.