Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and five magistrates of the Court of Appeals (CA) have made it to the shortlist of candidates who could fill the seat which will be vacated by Supreme Court (CA) Justica Mariano Del Castillo.
Apart from Marquez, the other candidates picked by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in the shortlist are CA Justices Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia, Jhosep Lopez, and Rodil Zalameda.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Saturday (July 13) the shortlist has been sent to President Rodrigo Duterte who will make his pick.
The six in the shortlist bested 18 other persons who also sought the seat at the SC.
Del Castillo will vacate his post once he compulsorily retires this July 29 on his 70th birthday.
He has been a magistrate at the SC since 2009 when he got appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.