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Midas Marquez, 7 others on JBC shortlist for vacant SC seat

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A well-informed source in the Judicial and Bar Council disclosed on Monday the shortlist of candidates for the upcoming vacancy in the Supreme Court due to the retirement of Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. this August.

Those who made it in the shortlist were Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, and Court of Appeals Justices Jose Reyes, Rosmari Carandang, Ramon Garcia, Apolinario Bruselas, Ramon Hernando, Amy Lazaro-Javier, and former Ateneo College of Law Dean Cesar Villanueva.

The shortlist will now be submitted to President Duterte for his consideration.

The JBC is constitutionally mandated to screen applicants to the Judiciary and top Ombudsman positions.

It is currently chaired by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, with ex-officio members Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Senator Richard Gordon, and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali.

Its regular members include retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Catral Mendoza, representing the justices and chairperson of the JBC Executive Committee, Atty. Jose Mejia, representing the Academe, Atty. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa, representing the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and retired Judge Toribio Ilao, representing the private sector.

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