By Kristine Joy V. Patag

Phil. Judges Association nominates Court Administrator to SC seat

Posted on May 15, 2017

THE Philippine Judges Association (PJA) has nominated Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez to become the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (SC).

PJA President Georgina D. Hidalgo, in a resolution dated March 17 and made public yesterday, the PJA has formally nominated Mr. Marquez to the position that will be vacated by Associate Justice Beinvenido Reyes in July.

The resolution, signed by members of the PJA executive committee, cited Mr. Maqruez’s “integrity, competence, work ethic and dedication” as qualifications to be named as a member of the high court.

“He brought significant innovations and reforms in the dispensation of justice in the first and second level courts,” the PJA added.

Mr. Marquez started serving the judiciary as a legal clerk for several justices in 1991 before being appointed Court Administrator by the SC in 2010.

He also served as the high court’s public information chief during former Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno and the late Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.

Mr. Marquez returned to his official designation as Court Administrator after Mr. Corona’s ouster following his conviction in an impeachment trial in 2012 during the administration of then-president Benigno S.C. Aquino III. Mr. Corona died of a heart attack in 2016.

Mr. Marquez is joined by two new nominees, Court of Appeals (CA) Justices Ramon Paul L. Hernando and Ramon M. Bato in vying for the seat. The Judicial Bar and Council (JBC) is expected to set a public interview with Messrs. Marquez, Hernando, and Bato.

Nine others who are also nominated for the same position are CA Presiding Justice Andres B. Reyes Jr., Associate Justices Rosmari D. Carandang, Jose C. Reyes Jr., Japar B. Dimaampao, Apolinario D. Bruselas Jr., Stephen C. Cruz and Amy C. Lazaro-Javier; Centro Escolar University law school vice dean Rita Linda Ventura-Jimeno; and Pasig RTC Judge Rowena Apao-Adlawan.

The twelve vie for the seat of Justice Reyes who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on July 6.

They will be screened by the JBC’s seven-man council. The Council is chaired by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno. Ex-officio members are Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II for the executive and Senator Richard S. Gordon and Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali on a term-sharing seat for the legislatiure.

The regular members of JBC are retired SC Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez for retired magistrates, lawyer Jose V. Mejia for the academe, lawyer Milagros N. Fernan-Cayosa for the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and retired Judge Toribio E. Ilao Jr. for the private sector.