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The next Ombudsman? Martires applies to succeed Morales

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Supreme Court (SC) Justice Samuel Martires has also joined candidates seeking to become the next Ombudsman.

Reports said Martires has applied for the position which will be vacated by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales this July 26.

Martires who was appointed as SC magistrate back in March 2017 is set to retire on January 2019.

Prior being an SC magistrate, Martires has served as a Sandiganbayan justice.

Apart from him, the candidates other candidates include SC Justice Presbitero Velasco; Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III; former Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice and current Ombudsman Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval; Davao City regional trial court judges Carlos Espero II and Rowen Apao-Adlawan; President Rodrigo Duterte’s lawyer Edna Batacan; the President’s law school classmate Rex Rico; and lawyers Felito Ramirez and Reinier Madrid.

Morales was appointed as Ombudsman in July 2011 by then President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III who also previously served as LP chairman.

She has served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court (SC) since 2002.

Prior this, she has been trial court judge since 1983 and became Court Appeals (CA) justice in 1994.

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