THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) yesterday released a shortlist of candidates to replace Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. who will retire on August 8.
They are Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, Court of Appeals Justices Jose Reyes Jr., Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Rosmari Declaro-Carandang, Ramon Hernando, Ramon Garcia, and Amy Lazaro-Javier, and former Ateneo College of Law dean Cesar Villanueva.
The JBC is 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.
President Rodrigo Duterte has 90 days to name Velasco's replacement.