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SC Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. seen as ‘dark-horse’ in Ombudsman race

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. was nominated to the soon-to-be-vacant Office of the Ombudsman, it was gathered on Wednesday.

But it remained uncertain if Velasco accepted his nomination.

The position will be vacant by July 26 due to the retirement of feisty Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

Velasco was nominated by Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) president Abdiel Dan Elijah S. Fajardo.

The other aspirants to the post were Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, former Sandiganbayan presiding justice Edilberto Sandoval, Davao City regional trial court judge Carlos Espero II, and Duterte’s law school classmate Rex Rico.

Also, House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Farinas and Solicitor General Jose C. Calida had declared their respective nominations.

Velasco finished law at the University of the Philippines and placed sixth in the 1971 bar examinations with a grade of 89.85 per cent.

He was appointed Department of Justice undersecretary in 1995 until his appointment as associate justice of the Court of Appeals in 1998.

In 2001, he was named court administrator, and on March 31, 2006, Velasco was promoted as associate justice of the SC.

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