JBC reveals shortlist of Chief Justice nominees

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Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Andres Reyes

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 15) — Three names have made the shortlist of nominees for the next Supreme Court Chief Justice.

The Judicial and Bar Council named Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Andres Reyes as contenders for the high court's top post, according to a document released Tuesday afternoon.

The JBC will submit the document to President Rodrigo Duterte,

Based on the JBC en banc deliberation, Peralta and Perlas-Bernabe each received seven votes, while Reyes got four. Justice Jose Reyes received a sole vote.

Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr., Diosdado Peralta, Andres Reyes, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe were the four who faced the JBC last week to interview for the position.

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio declined his automatic nomination for the post, saying he did so because there were only eight days from the vacancy to his compulsary retirement on October 18.

According to the rules of the JBC, which screens applicants to the judiciary, the five most senior associate justices are automatically nominated to the post, but they have to formally accept their nomination.

Apart from Caprio, Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Associate Justice Marvic Leonen declined the nomination.

Under the JBC's rules, applicants will undergo comprehensive medical examinations, psychological evaluation, written evaluative examinations, and public interviews. An applicant should obtain the affirmative vote of at least four members of the JBC to be considered for nomination.

The JBC will then submit to President Duterte at least three nominees for him to choose from.

This is the third time Duterte is naming a chief magistrate, following the historic ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno. Bersamin took over the post in November 2018 after the short stint of Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, who replaced Sereno.