Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and 11 others made it to the shortlist of candidates who could fill the seat left by retired Supreme Court (SC) Justice Francis Jardeleza.
SC Spokesman Brian Hosaka announced the names of those who landed in the shortlist of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) which conducted the screening of the candidates.
The shortlist will be sent to Malacanang for President Rodrigo Duterte to select the next SC magistrate.
The shortlist is mostly composed of Court of Appeals (CA) magistrates, namely, Justices Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Ramon Cruz, Edgardo delos Santos, Japar Dimaampao, Samuel Gaerlan, Ramon Garcia, Jhosep Lopez, Mario Lopez, Maria Filomena Singh, Edwin Sorongon and Elihu Ybanez.
The others in the list are Marquez and Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje Tang.
Jardeleza retired on his 70th birthday last September 26 after serving as SC magistrate since 2014.
Prior becoming a SC magistrate, Jardeleza had been solicitor general.