SUPREME COURT (SC) justices have recommended to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) three Court of Appeals (CA) justices and Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez for the position of associate justice to be vacated by retiring Justice Noel J. Tijam.
Making it to the recommendation submitted to the JBC is CA Justice Manuel M. Barrios with seven points. CA justices Ramon M. Bato, Jr., and Ramon D.R. Garcia and Mr. Marquez had six points each.
The JBC will conduct a public interview on Wednesday, Dec. 5, for those vying to replace Mr. Tijam, who will retire on Jan. 5, 2019.
To be interviewed in the morning are CA justices Ramon A. Cruz, Eduardo B. Peralta, Jr., and Ricardo R. Rosario; and in the afternoon, Mr. Bato and Sandiganbayan Justices Amparo M. Cabotaje-Tang and Efren N. de la Cruz.
Candidates for the position whose previous public interviews are still valid are Messrs. Barrios, Garcia, and Marquez; CA justices Apolinario D. Bruselas, Jr., Stephen C. Cruz, Edgardo L. Delos Santos, Japar B. Dimaampao, Mario V. Lopez, and Amy C. Lazaro-Javier; lawyer Rita Linda V. Jimeno; Ms. Javier; Sandiganbayan Judge Alex D.L. Quiroz; former Ateneo Law dean Cesar L. Villanueva; and Tagum City judge Virginia D. Tehano-Ang. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas