THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will interview on May 24 ten candidates vying for the position of Ombudsman Special Prosecutor.
The successful candidate will replace Atty. Wendell E. Barreras-Sulit whose term ended last March 11.
The OSP or the Office of the Special Prosecutor is the prosecutorial arm of the Ombudsman, and prosecutes the cases before the Sandiganbayan against high ranking officials with salary grade 27 and above, and even those with lower salary grade level as long as they are categorized as falling under the anti-graft court’s jurisdiction.
Under the Ombudsman Act of 1989, the Special Prosecutor has a fixed term of seven years.
The applicants include former Sandiganbayan presiding justice Edilberto Sandoval, Makati City Regional Trial Court Judge Benjamin Pozon, Acting Ombudsman Special Prosecutor Omar Sagadal, former Commission on Elections law department head Ferdinand Rafanan, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines law professor Arnold Bayobay.
Former Ombudsman for Mindanao lawyer Eusebio Avila, former Ombudsman Prosecution Bureau director Diosdado Calonge, and lawyers Francisco Alan Molina, Raymundo Julio Olaguer, and Vernand Quijano are also on the list of Sulit’s potential successors.
The Council will conduct a public panel interview at the JBC Conference Room, 2nd floor Centennial Building of the Supreme Court (SC) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on May 24.