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Who’s it gonna be? 13 abogados seek to be newest SC justice

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The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will interview this September 26 the candidates seeking to fill the seat left open by Ombudsman Samuel Martires.

SC Clerk of Court and JBC Ex Officio Secretary Edgar Aricheta made the announcement as he named those who will be undergoing the public interview.

Aricheta said the JBC will be interview 13 candidates, namely, SC Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez; Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justices Oscar Badelles, Manuel Barrios, Apolinario Bruselas, Jr., Rosmari Carandang, Stephen Cruz, Japar Dimaampao, Amy Lazaro-Javier, Ramon Garcia, Edgardo Delos Santos, Ramon Paul Hernando, and Mario Lopez; and Tagum City Judge Virginia Tejano-Ang.

Ang earlier sought the post for chief justice but President Rodrigo Duterte selected Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro.

Martires, a schoolmate of Duterte at the San Beda College law school, was the President’s first appointee at the SC.

Martires, who got names as SC justice last March, was supposed to retire from the high tribunal next January but got appointed as ombudsman by Duterte.

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