Application open for 2 associate justice posts

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Supreme Court (SC)

THE JUDICIAL and Bar Council (JBC) has opened applications for two associate justice positions at the Supreme Court (SC), which will be vacated by two justices who are set to retire.

Associate Justice Francis H. Jardeleza will retire on September 26 while Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio will vacate his post on October 26, according to the JBC.

Deadline for application or recommendation is on July 30 at 4:30 p.m.

“A recommendation or nomination filed in lieu of an application may be given due course only if the recommendee has signified his or her acceptance thereof either in the recommendation itself or in a separate document, and has submitted two complete sets of the documentary requirements,” the JBC said in an announcement yesterday.

The JBC on Wednesday concluded the interviews for applicants for the SC position to be vacated by Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo who will retire on July 29.

Mr. Jardeleza was appointed to the SC on Aug. 20, 2014. Prior to this, he served as the solicitor-general of the Philippines starting February 2012. He also served as Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from the University of the Philippines (UP) Iloilo College in 1970 and earned his law degree from UP Diliman in 1974. He placed third in the Bar Exams in the same year.

Mr. Jardeleza also ventured in private law practice, joining the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz (ACCRALAW) in 1975. He founded the Jardeleza Sobreviñas Diaz Hayudini and Bodegon office in 1987 and went into solo practice when he established the Jardeleza Law Offices in 1990. He eventually joined Roco Bunag Kapunan Migallos and Jardeleza, as partner, where he led the litigation and labor law departments.

He also became the senior vice president and general counsel of San Miguel Corp. from 1996 until June 30, 2010.

Mr. Carpio, on the other hand, served at the high court since his appointment on Oct. 26, 2001.

He graduated with a degree in economics from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1970 and earned his law degree from UP Diliman in 1975 where he graduated as valedictorian and cum laude. He placed sixth in the Bar Exams in 1975.

After graduating, Mr. Carpio went into private practice and established the Carpio Villaraza and Cruz Law firm. He was also a professorial lecturer at the UP College of Law for nine years from 1983 to 1992 before he was appointed as chief presidential legal counsel by former president Fidel V. Ramos.

The JBC has also opened applications for the positions of chairperson and regular member representing the Integrated Bar of the Philippines of the Legal Education Board, to replace Chairperson Emerson B. Aguende and member Zenaida N. Elepaño, whose terms ended on last January 13. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas