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The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to held this Wednesday (Oct. 28) its last set of interviews for those who applied for the position of Overall Deputy Ombudsman (ODO).

Supreme Court Clerk of Court and JBC Ex Officio Secretary Edgar Aricheta earlier announced that those who are set to be interviewed by the JBC are John Agbayani, Warren Rex Liong and Louella Mae Oco-Pesquera.

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao was also scheduled to undergo interview before the JBC this Wednesday but has withdrawn his application.

So far, the JBC has interviewed three other applicants last Monday, Oct. 19, namely Assistant Ombudsman Jose Balmeo Jr., Jacinto Dela Cruz Jr., and Noel Rodolfo Quimbo.

Aricheta has advised the public that they “may submit a sworn complaint, report, or opposition against any of the aforesaid applicants…”

Following the interview, the JBC will submit a shortlist of recommended applicants to President Duterte for him to choose the next ODO.

Last year, Malacanang ordered the dismissal of then ODO Melchor Arthur Carandang due to his 2017 disclosure of President Rodrigo Duterte’s bank transactions reaching P1 billion without the authority of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

The Palace decision also slapped Carandang with accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, bars him from taking civil service examinations, and perpetual disqualification from holding public office.

The decision stemmed from the administrative complaints separately filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras, and former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong.

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